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About the conference
Looking to learn skills that will help you and your newsroom thrive? Join IRE and NICAR in Louisville for our annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting, Feb. 28 to March 3, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they're demanding.
The CAR conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We'll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data science and the latest technological advances. You'll come away with, story ideas, plenty inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Learn from the best in the business in panel discussions and during hands-on training sessions. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online.
There's a lot to choose from at CAR. So we asked a variety of journalists -- students, beat reporters, veteran data crunchers and programmers -- to tell us what they're excited about this year. Read the post to help you make the most out of the conference.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. The discounted room rate is available until February 1, 2013, or until our room block is full (whichever comes first). Our room block has sold out prior to the deadline the past few years, so make your reservation early. More travel and lodging info
ArcView mapping sessions
Those interested in taking the mapping classes (to qualify for the Esri ArcView software) must show up for the Friday morning session beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Keeneland. Slots in the class will be distributed until they are gone. If more than 24 people want to take the course, additional slots will be handed out for the Sunday morning sessions at that time. If 24 or fewer people show up on Thursday, there will not be a Sunday class. (Sunday sessions would begin at 9 a.m. and end by 11:30 a.m.)
A Night on the Town
Louisville's famed 4th Street Live.
Join your fellow CAR colleagues Thursday at Sports and Social Club for a night of competitive bowling and see which team wins the night’s best score. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., you can grab a drink and socialize or form a team and bowl.
Tickets for the event are $30 per person and include: (2) complimentary drink tickets and 2 hours of bowling, including shoes. Drink tickets can be used to purchase well drinks, domestic and imported beer, house wine or soda. A full dinner menu will be available.
This is a great opportunity to get out and socialize with fellow journalists, have fun and show your competitive spirit.
Business Journalism Training
Free Pre-Conference Workshop on Feb. 27: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data
The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free workshop from 2-5 p.m. on Feb. 27: Breaking Local Stories with Economic Data. Government data offer unparalleled opportunities to distinguish your reporting with trend stories about what’s happening in your local economy. Especially this year, with the release of the every-five-year Economic Census, journalists will have a unique opportunity to track changes in their local community from 2007 — before the recession — to 2012. Instructors Paul Overberg of USA Today and Jeannine Aversa, late of The AP, now with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, will provide you with a road map to finding and delivering at least 15 local enterprise stories from government economic data. Examples will be specific to the Louisville region, but applicable anywhere. Sign up here for this free workshop.
Free hands-on sessions from Caspio
Caspio is offering several hands-on sessions. Pre-registration is required for these sessions.
- Rapid Data Publishing with Caspio
- New Caspio Map Mashup Wizard
- Sneak Peek of Caspio Bridge 8.0 Beta
- Build Apps with User-Generated Data
- Sneak Peek of Caspio Bridge 8.0 Beta
Visualize your data with Tableau Public
Free hands-on data visualization training. Visualize data fast and publish it interactively to the web without programming with Tableau Public. Tableau Public will host two, four-hour hands-on training sessions Thursday, Feb. 28, at the CAR Conference. The sessions — one for beginners and one for more experienced users — will cover the basics of using Tableau to quickly create data visualizations and post them to your website as well as more advanced features of this free software.
Level Up your data skills using R and Data Science! This day-long, hands-on class is taught by Hadley Wickham, author of the ggplot2 R plug-in, Assistant Professor of Statistics at Rice University, and developer at RStudio.
You'll learn intermediate to advanced R and get an understanding of the techniques and methodologies of data science that you can bring back to your newsroom and impact your work right away. You'll need a good foundation in stats. Before the class we'll provide videos and exercises that cover the basics of R so we can hit the ground running.
Preregistration is required for this session. Participants are expected to have experience with a programming language, an understanding of statistics up to linear regression and a solid foundation of work in spreadsheets, database managers, data cleaning etc. Learn more
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CAR CONFERENCE BLOG
Video by Travis Hartman. Learn more about his work at pleaseshootyourself.com.
"When I first attended the annual conference of the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) in 2012, it was as a speaker," writes Alexander Howard, a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School's center for digital journalism innovation.
"I was there to give a short talk about new data coming from the open governent movement. While it went well, and, somewhat remarkably, the presentation I used has over 10,000 views on Slideshare, I feel somewhat embarrassed about it in retrospect, given what I have learned about the NICAR community in 2012 and in the years since. This tribe of ...Read more ...
Couldn't make it to all of the sessions on your NICAR Conference wish list? We've got audio from nearly every panel and session. Full-length recordings are only available to IRE members. Some short audio clips will be made available to the public using Soundcloud.
To access conference audio, log in to IRE website and go to the CAR Conference schedule page. Find the session you'd like to listen to and click through to the landing page. If you don't remember the name or date of the session, try using the speakers page to look up a ...Read more ...
By Brittany Collins
Michael Pell, a reporter on the Reuters data team in New York, and Joce Sterman, an investigative reporter for WMAR-Baltimore, showed journalists at the 2014 CAR Conference how to mine inspection reports for data.
Several departments hold inspection documents, Sterman said.
- Local health departments keep inspection files on restaurants, schools, airport facilities, school cafeterias and convenience stores.
- State departments of labor, license and regulation keep documents on elevators, amusement park rides, bounce houses and railroad companies.
- State departments of education keep records on daycare facilities and childcare.
Pell suggested reporters look for data in several places:
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- Inspector ...
By Kimberly Fields
Tor Ekeland, an attorney who represents defendants in federal prosecutions under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act; Scott Klein, senior editor of news applications at ProPublica; and Isaac Wolf, a national reporter for Scripps News, talked about the ethical issues surrounding web scraping during the session “Hacks or Hackers?”
Here are some of the highlights:
- Assume you are going to be challenged: Wolf recently was threatened under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) after he and his news team scrapped 170,000 files, finding a data breach and fraudulent signatures. CFAA prohibits unauthorized access to protected computers ...