Wednesday Workshop: Practical HTML & CSS for Journalists

Practical HTML & CSS for Journalists

August 21, 2013

Learn how to format text and add content to a web page using HTML; and how to change the basic layout, typography and colors of your stories using CSS. Plus, get a better understanding of how websites (like your news organization’s) are made. This hands-on tutorial is for journalists without HTML or CSS experience, and will help you tell smarter, more engaging stories online.

Following immediately after the workshop is a drop-in session from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.  This is an open session to get help on any coding subject, from basic HTML to personal projects. For those who attended the HTML & CSS Workshop, or any other coding session at convention, this is a chance to solidify what you learn by asking questions or putting your skills into practice with the support of experienced programmers. People of all experience levels are welcome to hang out and get or offer help.

  • Where: New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
  • When: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Followed immediately by the drop-in coding session until 4:00 p.m.

Course Outline

  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.: Introduction to HTML: Tags, and how HTML works. Links, images, lists, bold, italics. Inspecting HTML on a web page.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.: CSS Intro: What is CSS, and how’s it different from HTML? How to change color, typography and layout of your content using CSS.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: How to use CSS classes to style many parts of a web page. How to do basic web layout with CSS
  • 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.: Drop-in coding help.


Tom Giratikanon
The New York Times
Tom Giratikanon builds interactive graphics at The New York Times. Prior to The New York Times, he was a newsroom developer at The Boston Globe. Tom teaches programming to high school students each summer at the Medill School of Journalism, and co-founded Code with me, a programming workshop for journalists.

Sisi Wei
News Application Developer, ProPublica
Sisi Wei is news applications developer at ProPublica, where she builds interactive stories that serve the public interest. Previously, she was a Graphics Editor at The Washington Post. She is also the co-founder of Code with me, a high-impact workshop focused on teaching journalists how to code. Sisi graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism, philosophy and legal studies.

  • What attendees should bring: A laptop, power cord and a problem.
  • What attendees will take away: Basic HTML and CSS skills; a working web page they built themselves; and an HTML/CSS handout and reference guide (available online too); a sense that HTML & CSS are demystified.

Reserve your spot in the workshop

Drop-ins welcome after 12:30 p.m.
AAJA members get a $10 discount! Check your inbox for the promo code or email us.

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