There are plenty of multimedia journalists out there. There are also plenty of journalists who know basic HTML and CSS. But there are two things that separate me from the rest.

Most importantly, I didn’t learn how to code just to pad my resume. Rather, telling interactive stories is my passion, and I knew I’d need to understand HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery and various APIs to deliver the best ones possible. Now, I write code almost every day.

Second, I know what I don’t know. I’m confident in my storytelling abilities, sure, but there are so many interactive tools and programming languages I’ve yet to learn. Why is this a good thing? Because it means I’m excited to keep experimenting — even if it means occasionally failing. I’d rather take a risk and not succeed than get complacent in my job.