The notion of data journalism is the use of data to convey stories. That is to say, you support your narrative with raw statistics. You achieve this by summing up the data, examining trends, and deducing meaning from it.
However, most of the time, the raw data isn’t in the right format or is inconsistent, and it might originate from a variety of places. Coding will aid in the consolidation, cleaning, formatting, and consistency of data.
You may do it yourself instead of depending on a technical staff by learning R or Python, which makes your job quick and easy.
As you play around with the data, you’ll see more trends and better stories emerge.
So, sure, coding is beneficial!