I’d been working at Aftonbladets sports desk for 20 years. During the past few years, I’d been working a lot with storytelling, looking for features to add to the story and for ways to make them stand out. That’s what encouraged me to learn coding -- to help me tell those stories in a more user-friendly and appealing way.
I had a lot of contact with development teams as a stakeholder but was not able to make any solutions by myself. It was a bit frustrating at times when my section had to wait a long time for something to get developed. Sometimes we couldn’t get what we requested at all due to these constraints.
Two of my colleagues actually joined Technigo’s first 12 weeks course and highly recommended I join one. They inspired and encouraged me to take the step.
I was generally curious to learn new things. I’m a self-taught journalist. I originally studied economics.
I wanted to be able to do some of the things I ordered as a stakeholder myself and not always have to wait for development. I was aware that I would not be able to do the most complex solutions after joining a 12 week course. But only being able to do some of the things we had to wait for or pay a lot of money for was a good enough reason for me to educate myself. Journalism is a very competitive field. You want to be first with a story, you want your story to be the best. I felt shortening the time to delivery would be a major advantage for us.
Two of my colleagues gave Technigo good references. The concept of learning something practical in 12 weeks and being able to use it right after was really cool -- and I can confirm, it’s true! I was able to use my new skills at work right away.
To make solutions for Sweden's biggest news page. Additionally, having a much better understanding of how difficult it is to develop a solution and understanding in what effort might be needed to create solutions is important knowledge.
I work with the whole organization now, project managing and as a stakeholder for developing teams in Sweden, Norway and Poland. And of course, I also code. I share my time between these responsibilities. I’m definitely a better stakeholder today than I was before the course, because I have a much better understanding of what’s simple to do and what’s more complex.
A big part of my job still is journalism. You need the journalist mindset to create stories and content solutions, so yes, that's still something which is really important. Combining the journalist mindset with my new skills makes me a much better employee overall.
I’ve been coding a little bit by myself in my free time, but because I work a lot I mainly use them at work.
Take the step and challenge yourself. It will be hard, you will be struggling sometimes, but the reward will come. If you can combine coding with another previous competence, you’ll likely have a unique skill set that is extremely valuable to the labour market.
The course itself was challenging. It was a fast-paced course that took a lot of time. It takes effort and a lot of energy to to be a part of an intense course. But it was definitely worth it.
I would like to learn even more about coding. I’d actually like to learn by coding. I went to a conference, the Nations Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, in Los Angeles focused on coding for journalists in march 2019 to deepen my interest.
NAME: Mattias Andersson
CURRENT: Frontend developer/Journalist at Aftonbladet
GRADUATION: May 2018