It seems like news developers/journocoders folks have pretty diverse backgrounds, but despite that, a lot of journalists/students seem to be under the impression that they don't have the right background to become one. But that's just anecdotal - hard data or bust, right?
"Do I count as a news nerd?"
If you're unsure, you should fill this out. Don't overthink it. What I mean by news nerd is: person who does journalistic stuff that involves code. This means developers, interactive dataviz people, UX designers, data journalists, civic hackers, and anyone else who is a bit NICARious.
All questions are optional.