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NICAR15 schedule updates and changes

Welcome to the 2015 CAR Conference! Please see below changes to the schedule and other notes. For the most up-to-date schedule and description information, be sure to visit the conference website or app.



New dates and times are listed below 



Kimono: An easier way to scrape the web

Originally scheduled for Friday at 3:20 p.m.


Data behind the news

Originally scheduled for Friday at 3:20 p.m.



View the online schedule or use our mobile app to get session descriptions


NICAR Commons: Conversations - Facilitation training

Thursday from 9-10 a.m. in International ...

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Welcome to the 2015 CAR Conference!

The 2015 CAR Conference begins this week. Below are a few bits of information to help you prepare for this great conference!

For the latest up-to-date information about panels, speakers and special events at the conference, please visit our conference website.

Hotel Information

The conference is taking place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, GA, 30303. 

There are several options for getting from the airport to the Marriott. For those interested, the MARTA runs from the airport to the hotel. For details, go here.   We also have discounted airport transportation through Super Shuttle. Details on that ...

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Eat and drink like a local at NICAR15 in Atlanta

We’ve been reaching out to Atlanta-area journalists and compiling their suggestions on what to eat and drink during NICAR15. We've heard back about grungy little spots for late-night eats, beer bars with endless taps, tapas and live music.

What follows is a big ol' compilation, separated by neighborhood and proximity to the conference hotel. Some of these suggestions came up over and over. Others, we’ll call "sleepers."

Read through, then join in the conversation by leaving your favorite Atlanta spots in the comments or tweeting them with the hashtag #NICAR15.

Little Five Points (3 miles east of ...

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2015 CAR Conference mobile app available for download

The 2015 CAR Conference app is now available through Guidebook!

We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the 2015 CAR Conference. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace, tap download guides, search for ...
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2015 Lightning Talk winners announced

Thanks to everyone who pitched and voted on the 2015 Lightning Talks. Here are the talks we’ll be hearing Friday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. You can read more about them on our Lightning Talks page.

  • The end of maps, in 7 charts — Darla Cameron
  • Beautiful Satellite Images in 5 Minutes — Jeff Larson
  • 10 Things I Hate About You — Lily Mihalik and Anthony Pesce
  • Stop trying to multitask. You’re terrible at it. — Chris Canipe
  • 5 data visualizations - each in 5 lines or less of R code — Sharon Machlis
  • Seven awesome features you will want in your ...
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Conversations Before Lunch at NICAR15

By David Eads, NPR

Citizens of NICAR!

I'm happy to announce that Erika Owens and I are curating a conversation track at NICAR 2015. We will hold safe, structured small-group conversations about fascinating subjects ThursdayFriday, and Saturday morning in Atlanta.

Learn more or pitch a session at

Our goal is to create a safe, diverse space at NICAR for conversations that aren't well-suited to the traditional experts-in-front-of-a-crowd format. We want to have a space for conversations about important stories, about issues like industry pay and discrimination, and for birds of a ...

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Vote for the Lightning Talks you want to see in Atlanta

Lightning Talks 2014 | Photo by Travis Hartman

Thanks to everyone who submitted a Lighting Talk idea for the 2015 CAR Conference. Now it’s time to narrow the more than 50 ideas down to the 10 talks we'll hear in Atlanta. Go online and vote for your favorite proposals. The polls close at 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Feb. 22.

What are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on topics wide and varied. NICAR attendees can submit and vote on the talks, and the 10 with the most votes will be presented on Friday, March 6 at 4 ...

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Members to vote at CAR Conference to give student members voting rights

There will be a brief membership meeting at the Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Atlanta to vote on several changes to the Articles of Incorporation.

The first of these changes IRE's rules to allow student members to vote. Currently students and associate members do not have voting rights. IRE's Board of Directors met in June and voted unanimously to extend voting rights to students. That change must be approved by membership to be enacted.

The next redefines what a "professional member" is, to better reflect the way the news business has changed and crucial new roles have been created ...

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Join us for Excel EspaƱol at the 2015 CAR Conference!

This three-hour hands-on workshop teaches journalists, in Spanish, how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more. Learn from fluent teachers how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Seating is limited.

Registration is $35 and the class will take place Sunday, March 5 from 9 am to noon. To register, click here.

The workshop is free for those attendees already registered for the full CAR Conference, but please contact to register for Excel Espa ...

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