Ben Welsh works on the Data Desk at the Los Angeles Times. He gave this inspiring 12-minute presentation at the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Texas, April 2012. The part at 3:00 is good: automated paragraphs. Then the part starting at 4:30 shows why automating tasks is really cool. Which is why reporters should know how to write code. Also, it frees up reporters to do stuff that machines CAN’T do. Smart.