"The New York Times has a course to teach its reporters data skills, and now they’ve open-sourced it"
So fine, I suppose the Times should get credit for trying to make sure their reporters have "data skills". But my question is why should such a course be necessary? Aren't the majority of Times reporters college graduates? Shouldn't they have encountered this material there? If not, why shouldn't they be expected to learn about data on their own as employees of the (once) respected Paper of Record?