No, especially if you go the freelance/contracting route for the reasons @WebMachine pointed out. I'm a huge proponent of using your perceived "weaknesses" as strengths, and you should be able to use your background as a reporter to break in fairly quickly.
This is all theory, but one track you could take would be to join a site like UpWork and just take some freelance writing jobs, but with a focus on a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress. This would help you build a presence on these sites (as ratings/number of jobs are important) while exposing you to the tools developers use without needing to actually develop yourself.
Simultaneously while doing all of this, I would be joining as many developer meetups as I can - that part's not theory, I actually recommend this to everyone. Depending on where you live, there are many meetup groups that provide everything from mentorship, to networking, to resume building (as it applies to development), to code workshops/hackathons and everything in between...for free.
You also get the benefit that the people attending these things are people who are really passionate about what they do (since they are usually held after work hours), and you want to be surrounding yourself with as many people who are smarter/further ahead than you at whatever it is you do...that's true of anything though.