Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm and support. This project has been a huge undertaking and a ton of work for all involved. We want to have the fundamental pieces in place so the material evolves and improves over time instead of being a one-and-done drop.
The Responsive Design and Django materials are ready for initial viewing. We're at ONA right now recording a ton of additional content. Git and Charting are in the can. Maps starts shortly, then Privacy tomorrow. The material for those courses should be available in 2 weeks time. Then, we'll start grabbing the remaining materials.
I'm working on some collaboration tools to help get through the initial bumpy patches of learning. Hopefully something rough will be in place late next week for those tools. If you find problems along the way, please file GitHub issues on the relevant course. Each course will have a link at top straight to the issues area of the appropriate GitHub repository.
You'll receive a link Monday to setup your For Journalism account and select your courses.
Again, thank you all so much for your encouragement, enthusiasm and patience.
Dave and the FJ team
The course materials for Responsive Design and Django are done. I'm finishing up a method for secure fulfillment, which is a lot trickier than I initially thought especially to accommodate our institutional supporters at Digital First Media, NBC News and ONA. We're close. I hate to promise a specific date, but I'm hopeful to let backers have initial access in two weeks.
We're going to be rolling out courses in waves. Many of our instructors were super busy over the summer, so we're creating FJ content when we can. Jeff Larson definitely wins for most amazing reason for FJ content delay: http://source.mozillaopennews.org/en-US/articles/propublicas-jeff-larson-nsa-crypto-story/
Since we are rolling out content over time instead of a single blitz, we are going to let our single-course backers choose either Responsive Design or Django to get started as soon as possible as well as pick an additional course at the end of October. I'll send appropriate links and forms when the time is right.
Thank you all so much for your support and patience. This is a lot of work for the instructors to do in addition to their already crazy work schedules, volunteerism and speaking engagements.
Keep your eyes peeled for an update in two weeks.
Best, Dave (and the FJ crew)
Our intrepid instructors have been cranking away on their screencasts. We should have a few sets of rough videos by the end of the month.
Based on all of the hectic schedules, we likely will have a staggered release cycle with 2 or 3 courses launching late August and then another 2 or 3 every few weeks.
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