Events and Training

2013 CAR Conference

For more information, visit our conference page

Join IRE and NICAR for our annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers and viewers the information they want.

 

 

 


Time and place

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 - Sunday, March 3, 2013

Hyatt Regency Louisville
320 W Jefferson St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40202


Registration information

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Schedule details

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Thursday)

    Registration will be located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Regency Louisville.

    2nd Floor

    7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Sales (Thursday)

    Stop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, including the newest title in the IRE beat book series. The large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winners of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. The sales table is also the place to get your ticket to "A Night on the Town" an event that is sure to be a fun time! All proceeds from your purchase help support IRE and its mission.

    2nd Floor

    7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Panel

    Making the best use of the conference

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Mark Horvit, Megan Luther

    Welcome to the conference! IRE staff will highlight key sessions and events that you won't want to miss while in Louisville. We'll also give you a brief rundown on some of the resources IRE has to offer.

    Regency Center

    8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Python mini-bootcamp

    This mini-bootcamp introduces Python as a general purpose tool for data wrangling and analysis.  The daylong class will introduce language basics and useful libraries in the course of a typical data project: sraping data from the Web, inserting it in a database and analyzing the results. Attendees are expected to have a familiarity with databases and SQL. This class will take place all day Thursday. There is limited seating and an additional fee to attend.

    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Kentucky Suite

    9 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Exploratory data analysis

    Speaker: Chase Davis

    As journalists, we're accustomed to approaching new data with questions already in mind. This panel is about the opposite approach: using tools and techniques to help data reveal new story ideas to you. We'll talk about the value of exploratory data analysis and walk through an example of how it can help us spot trends and outliers in a new, unfamiliar dataset.

    Regency South

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Information design and crossing the digital divide

    Speakers: Christopher Canipe, Helene Sears

    For an infographics reporter, crossing the digital divide can be like crossing the desert: you start from a green fertile place where your tools are familiar and your work is an articulate representation of your ideas, but you quickly find yourself struggling to make basic charts in an strange and unforgiving interactive landscape. If you put in the time, you can work as well online as you do in print. But how do you get from Illustrator and Excel to Javascript, D3 and Raphael? And how do you build those skills in the course of your normal workdays and deadlines?

    Join us for a discussion on print and interactive design and the endless pursuit of multi-platform mastery.

    Regency North

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Getting started: Digging deep with data journalism

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Jill Riepenhoff, Angela Caputo

    Are you new to data journalism or does this happen to be your first time at a CAR conference? If so, this session will help you get on track to make sure that you get the best experience possible from the 2013 CAR Conference. We'll highlight sessions and give you tips for success during and after the conference.

    Regency Center

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Rapid data publishing with Caspio (Hosted by Caspio)

    Speakers: Edward Garcia

    Primarily for those new to Caspio, this class introduces attendees to the Caspio Bridge framework for rapid database publishing.  Learn how to publish databases as interactive, searchable, and embeddable web interfaces in minutes instead of hours.  Topics covered:

    *Prepping and importing data

    *Creating a searchable database

    *Report interfaces and layouts

    *Deployment on your website

    *Common customizations

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  No programming skills or previous Caspio experience is necessary. Laptops will be provided. 

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    9 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    My friend FRED: Using Fed data tools to add context to stories

    Speaker: Keith Taylor

    An introduction to Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' signature economics database, with easy directions for journalists to tap into it to add context to their stories related to the economy. FRED contains more than 60,000 frequently updated sets of data, ranging from consumer price indexes to regional (metropolitan statistical area) housing charts and unemployment rates. It allows users to automatically compare the data over varying periods of time in customizable charts, and then easily incorporate those charts into print or web publications.

    Churchill Downs

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Tableau Public for beginners (Hosted by Tableau Public)

    Speakers: Daniel Hom, Mike Klaczynski

    Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines.  No programming required.  You'll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video.  We'll teach you how to:

    *Connect to Excel files and other data

    *Create maps and charts

    *Format them beautifully

    *Make them interactive

    Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists.  No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Pre-registration is required for Tableau for Beginners, you must be registered for the conference to attend.  Limited seating is available.  Laptops will be provided.  

    Seneca/Iroquois

    9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    NewsCamp:: Data science for nerdy journalists

    Speaker: Hadley Wickham

    This day-long, hands-on class taught by Hadley Wickham, author of theggplot2 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.

    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.

    Preregistration is required for this session.  Only 24 seats are available and there is an additional $70 registration fee.  Preregistration are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Prospective attendees must register and fill out an application for this day-long track.  This session is full. 

    If your application is not accpeted to the training, your registration fee for this track will be reimbursed.  Sign-up is on the main conference registration form.  

    Keeneland

    9 a.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Use FOIA Machine to prepare, send and track your public records requests

    Speakers: Coulter Jones, Shane Shifflett, Djordje Padejski, Chase Davis

    FOIA Machine aids journalists and citizens in accessing important government documents around the world that are covered by freedom of information laws. Speakers will demonstrate how journalists can use the platform in regular work and make the FOIA process more successful and organized.

    FOIA Machine is a new opensource web platform for preparing and managing FOI requests at all government levels. It helps users navigate FOI laws by automating submissions, creating requests in the proper format, making documents publicly available on the web, and using the web to rally support when governments are unresponsive.

    Churchill Downs

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Regency North

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Waste investigations for any community

    Speakers: Tim Eberly, Erin Jordan, Josh Sweigart, Wendell Cochran

    **Moderated by Wendell Cochran, Investigative Reporting Workshop

    Governments at all levels spend a lot of money. And politicians often talk about eliminating waste and fraud. In this session you will hear how journalists used data to "follow the money" to see whether it is being spent well. You'll get tips and sources for doing your own data-driven "waste" investigations.

    Regency Center

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Demo: New Map Mashup Wizard (Hosted by Caspio)

    Speaker: Edward Garcia

    Caspio's new Map Mashup Wizard (v7) automates Google map integration in a single wizard and now includes custom icons and interactive filtering.  Topics covered:

    *Integrating a searchable database with Google Maps

    *Adding custom icons and filters based on criteria

    *Combining data sources on a single map

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

     

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Web tools for investigators

    Speakers: Mark Horvit, Jaimi Dowdell

    The Web is full of useful tricks and applications to help you do your job faster and better. Learn how free online tools can boost your journalism and set you apart from the pack. We'll show you some simple tools that will allow you to tell stories visually and more.

    Regency South

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    The data-driven story (Part 1) Conceiving and launching

    Speakers: David Donald, Brant Houston, Jennifer LaFleur

    *Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

    These three sessions will show how to take a data driven story from start to finish and includes long time practitioners as speakers. Using a specific U.S. federal database, the team of journalists will cover how to check a database for its flaws and omissions, analyze it and find stories out of it, add reporting and precision editing for the stories, and work to visualize the information and data not only for presentation, but also to elicit more tips and ideas from the public.

    Regency Center

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    Down and dirty with the DocumentCloud API

    Speaker: Ted Han

    Journalists use DocumentCloud to turn documents into data, but did you know you can interact with your documents through DocumentCloud's API? We'll show you how other journalists use DocumentCloud's API and demonstrate how you too can update or access your documents' data with some rudimentary scripting.

    Churchill Downs

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Monetizing your work

    Speakers: Kevin Davis, Tommy Kaas, Nils Mulvad, Reginald Chua, Burt Herman

    **Moderated by Reg Chua, Reuters

    Journalists have created some amazing tools that get data, documents and other vital information to their audiences, but in many cases we haven't figured out how to make them sustainable. We'll examine the problem and talk about how to begin trying to solve it.

    Regency North

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Demo: Sneak peek of Caspio Bridge 8.0 Beta (Hosted by Caspio)

    Get an exclusive preview of the latest features and redesigned user interface coming up in Caspio Bridge 8.0. With a new modern look and feel, this is our most monumental product release to date.

    **Plus, learn about the private beta offering advanced access.

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    noon - 12:30 p.m.

  • Panel

    Dig deeper with social tools (Sponsored by Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism/Ohio State University)

    Speakers: Mandy Jenkins, Doug Haddix

    Learn new tricks and tactics with social media for backgrounding people and companies, finding experts and other sources, and using the latest geo-location tools for breaking news coverage. You'll discover new ways of using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and mobile apps for reporting that give you a leg up on the competition.

    Regency South

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Mobile + DataViz: Friends or frenemies?

    Speakers: Miranda Mulligan, Pete Karl II

    Mobile and responsive web design are changing the way stories are told. Complicated data visualizations, which used to be planned for the desktop, now need to be planned so they can work for mobile, tablets, and desktops. Different devices mean different user-experiences for visualizations, which changes how information is consumed. We'll show some samples of successful and not-so successful data visualizations on a responsively-designed news site. We'll talk about workflow, best practices and user-interface patterns that set you up for success.

    Regency North

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Tableau Public for Pros (Hosted by Tableau Public)

    Speakers: Mike Klaczynski, Daniel Hom

    Take your data visualization skills to the next level.  In this class we'll push Tableau's capabilities further to create more complex visualizations.  You'll learn how to: 

    *Clean and format dirty data

    *Use multiple data sources in the same visualization

    *Build more advanced visualizations

    *Employ advanced interactive elements

    Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists.  Class participants should have some experience with Tableau or have taken the morning beginner course.  Pre-registration is required for Tableau for Pros, you must be registered for the conference to attend.  Limited seating is available. Laptops will be provided.  

    Seneca/Iroquois

    2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Demo

    Bringing Excel to the Web with Excel 2013 and SkyDrive

    Speaker: Cathy Harley

    This talk will cover how to use Excel Interactive View and Excel embedding to make your articles shine, keep people engaged with your site, with minimal effort and for free. The talk will also be showing off some of the latest features of Excel 2013 that make data analysis a snap.

    Churchill Downs

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    The data-driven story (Part 2) Putting the package together

    Speakers: Maud Beelman, Brant Houston

    These three sessions will show how to take a data driven story from start to finish and includes long-time practitioners as speakers. Using a specific U.S. federal database the team of journalists will cover how to check a database for its flaws and omissions, analyze it and find stories out of it, add reporting and precision editing for the stories, and work to visualize the information and data not only for presentation, but also to elicit more tips and ideas from the public.

    Regency Center

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on: Build apps with user generated data (Hosted by Caspio)

    Speaker: Edward Garcia

    For those already familiar with Caspio, this class takes your applications to the next level utilizing user-generated data.  Topics covered: 

    *Data submissions with photo resizing

    *Capturing geo-location data from web and mobile devices

    *Content flagging and approval process

    *Tips for improving the user experience and engagement

    Pre-registration and previous Caspio experience is required.  Space is limited and laptops will be provided.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Demo

    Wrangling Web data with Google docs - beginner course

    Speakers: Sean Sposito, Acton Gorton

    Review methods for importing web data into the Google Docs platform. Learn to fetch external web data, create scripts to schedule fetches in batches and process the data. No programming skills required. Those familiar with the Microsoft Excel application will be familiar with many of the concepts. Experienced programmers can learn to develop web application proofs of concept, prototyping and fetching through API.

    Churchill Downs

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Practical machine learning: Tips, tricks and real-world examples for using machine learning in the newsroom

    Speakers: Jeff Larson, Chase Davis

    Machine learning and predictive modeling are some of the hottest skills in Silicon Valley. In this panel, we'll teach you how to apply them in the newsroom. Includes examples from real-world projects, including building intelligent regular expressions with maximum entropy models; using Bayesian classifiers to filter documents; and linear and logistic regression.

    Regency North

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    The data-driven story (Part 3) Bulletproofing and presentation

    Speakers: Anthony DeBarros, Brant Houston, Cheryl Phillips

    *Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

    These three sessions will show how to take a data driven story from start to finish and includes long-time practitioners as speakers. Using a specific U.S. federal database, the team of journalists will cover how to check a database for its flaws and omissions, analyze it and find stories out of it, add reporting and precision editing for the stories, and work to visualize the information and data not only for presentation, but also to elicit more tips and ideas from the public.

    Regency Center

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Leveling up (with) your community

    Speakers: Burt Herman, Daniel Sinker

    The NICAR community has pioneered a path through the wilderness between journalism and technology. But having built a community and civilized the wilderness, it's worth talking how we continue to improve our skills as well as paving the path for others.

    Both Hacks/Hackers and OpenNews are engaged in this endeavor, and it would be interesting to talk with Burt and Dan about what they think is important in this process.

    Regency South

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    No complaints: Navigating the New American Fact Finder; improvements and updates

    Speaker: Erran Persley

    The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy. Media outlets often use this data to support their news stories and articles. The American FactFinder (AFF) provides access to this data which is compiled from several censuses and surveys. This session will demonstrate how to use the tool and the improvements that are being made to make this data tool better and more user-friendly.

    Churchill Downs

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Visualizing networks and connections

    Speakers: Irene Liu, Kevin Connor

    Learn the basic concepts of network analysis and discover ways it can be used in reporting. Topics will include gathering structured data on relationships, analyzing that data and visualizing the connections between people and organizations.

    Regency North

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Hone your Fusion Tables training skills

    Speakers: Sree Balakrishnan

    Format: 3-hr workshop plus optional dinner gathering. Drinks and dessert will be provided during workshop.

    Do others ask you to teach them about Fusion Tables? Then we want you here! Get savvy with the new version of Fusion Tables, and get all your questions answered. This is the recharge event for those who are already experts. Learn how to present two beginner courses and an intermediate course on Fusion Tables. We'll cover the newest features and share tips & tricks for smooth trainings. You'll leave with teaching materials and an invitation to Google Fusion Tables' trainers community for follow-up advice and insights after CAR.

    Bring your experiences, questions, and your laptop if you have one. Plan to join in for dinner afterwards too!

     

    Regency Center

    4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Panel

    How government is winning the war about releasing data

    Speakers: Maurice Tamman, Sarah Cohen, Gail Gove, David Herzog

    Open government initiatives have done little to open government up to scrutiny, and officials are becoming more restrictive than ever. How can journalists fight back against unnecessary secrecy and data redactions? A data journalist, the curator of open data in Missouri and a public records attorney will discuss the troubling trends and ways they can be overcome.

    *Moderated by Sarah Cohen, The New York Times

    Regency South

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Demo: Sneak peek of Caspio Bridge 8.0 Beta (Hosted by Caspio)

    Get an exclusive preview of the latest features and redesigned user interface coming up in Caspio Bridge 8.0. With a new modern look and feel, this is our most monumental product release to date.

    **Plus, learn about the private beta offering advanced access.

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

     

     

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Special Event

    A Night on the Town (Social Event)

    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 and 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.  

    Sports and Social Club (427 South 4th Street) is located in Louisville's famed 4th Street Live, just steps away from the Hyatt Regency Louisville. 

    Purchase tickets online or during the conference at the sales table located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt.  

    See printed schedule for room information

    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Friday)

    Registration will be located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Regency Louisville.

    2nd Floor

    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Special Event

    Networking breakfast for CAR mentoring program participants (Sponsored by Scripps Howard Foundation)

    Coffee and pastries will be served.  This is an invitation-only event.

    Pimlico

    8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Sales (Friday)

    Stop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, including the newest title in the IRE beat book series. The large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winners of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. The sales table is also the place to get your ticket to "A Night on the Town" an event that is sure to be a fun time! All proceeds from your purchase help support IRE and its mission.

    2nd Floor

    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Excel 1

    Speaker: Linda Johnson

    Performing simple calculations and sorting.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Integrity checks and simple data cleaning

    Speaker: Joe Kokenge

    Here's a shocker: Data are not perfect. Learn what integrity checks you do on every data set and what to do about problems you find. Because you will. In this class you'll learn to tackle issues with Excel and notepad. Prerequisite: Some familiarity with Excel.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Legal issues, access and big data

    Speakers: Jon Fleischaker, David B. Smallman, Esq., Sarah Cohen

    Get better equipped to fight for access to data and learn the latest legal issues that will impact your ability to get government information, from basic budget information to massive data sets.

    Regency South

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Build your first News App with Django (Friday)

    This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of taking a dataset from raw data and turning it into a searchable online database using the Python language and the Django Web framework.  Only 18 seats are available and there is an additional $70 registration fee.  Pre-registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Prospective attendees must register and fill out an application for this hands-on camp.  This session is full.  If your application is not accepted to the training, your registration fee will be reimbursed.  Sign-up is on the main conference registration form.  These classes will take place Friday and Saturday morning.  

    Seneca/Iroquois

    9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Those dastardly PDFs

    Speakers: Charles Duncan, Jim Miller

    So much data comes to us in .pdf form or, worse, on paper that we then need to scan. We'll offer tips, tricks and best practices to quickly crack open those dastardly files and get the data in a usable format. We'll look at some of classic methods of breaking down PDFs and we'll introduce a tool that uses XML to splice PDFs and turn them into CSVs.

    Regency North

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 1: Displaying data geographically

    Speakers: David Herzog, Jennifer LaFleur

    Displaying data geographically with ArcGIS.

    Keeneland

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Intro to SQLite

    Speaker: Troy Thibodeaux

    Are you tired of standing on the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun with database queries? Tired of hoping that Access is doing what you think it's doing when you point and click? Wouldn't you rather just tell your database manager what slice of the data you want? Join us for a hassle free entry to the world of SQL, (Structured Query Language), the lingua franca of relational databases. It's surprisingly simple and surprisingly powerful -- and it works in just about any database you can name.

    Kentucky Suite

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Year in CAR

    Speakers: Mark Horvit, Megan Luther

    What were the big stories of the year? What were the most creative uses of data analysis? See what your colleagues have been up to and pick up some story ideas at the same time.

    Regency Center

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    Bringing local Geodata to journalism: Exploring Floating Sheep and the DOLLY (Data on Local Life and You) Project

    Speakers: Ate Poorthuis, Matt Zook

    The academic bloggers behind FloatingSheep.org offer an overview of DOLLY: an online platform for easily exploring and visualizing the local aspect of geographic 'big' data like Twitter. We will walk through the functionality of the app as well as a number of practical examples of how DOLLY can be used to explore news events. We are still working through how we could make this academic resource more widely available and interested in working with a few members of the IRE community to apply DOLLY's potential to journalism.

    Churchill Downs

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Intro to programing in Ruby

    Speaker: Al Shaw

    Ruby and the Rails web framework are used by journalists around the world to build interactives, and process and analyze data. Get familiar with programming basics in Ruby with this hands-on session.

    Kentucky Suite

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Data viz on a shoestring

    Speakers: Sharon Machlis, Kevin Hirten

    If you've got the time but don't have the money, this session is for you. Data cleaning, mapping, charts and more - we've got 30+ free/cheap tools for data visualization and analysis. Point and clickers and coders alike will enjoy this opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the ever-evolving toolbox of the digital journalist.

    Regency South

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    The OpenElections Project: Certified election results. For everyone.

    Speakers: Serdar Tumgoren, Derek Willis

    We'll introduce our project to create the first comprehensive, standardized set of federal election data. This will include a demo of how to access data from the project, and how potential contributors can get involved.

    Churchill Downs

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Introduction to text editors

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Jon McClure

    Learn how to wield powerful (and free) text editors in your quest for clean, useable data. We'll cover some of the text editors available for different operating systems and the basic tasks they can accomplish.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Inspect this

    Speakers: Megan Luther, Janet Roberts

    Uncover the gold mine of inspection data. Get ideas and techniques on how to track inspectors at each level of government. Walk away with story ideas to impress your boss at home.

    Regency Center

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    NewsCamp::Data science for the perplexed. For everyone

    Speaker: Hadley Wickham

    Are you perplexed, confused and bamboozled by data science? Do you feel disappointed to be a journalist and not a mighty data scientist, conqueror of databases and slayer of statistics? Do you worry about drowning in the data deluge, or falling into a data mine? Fear no more, because if you attend this session you'll learn what data science is (or at least my take on the term), what the high-level tools data scientists apply to their problems, and what skills data scientists need to learn from journalists. You don't need to know anything about data science to enjoy this session, but if you do, you will leave with some thoughts provoked.

    This session is open to all attendees and does not require pre-registration to Thursday's NewsCamp hands-on training.

    Regency North

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 2: Importing and selecting data by attribute

    Speakers: David Herzog, Jennifer LaFleur

    Displaying data geographically with ArcGIS.

    Keeneland

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Excel 2

    Speaker: Denise Malan

    Calculating ratios and rates.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Covert reporting using technology to cover your tracks

    Speakers: Paula Lavigne, Mike Tigas

    This session will show you various tools that anyone can use to communicate securely in today's world, including (but not limited to) covert phone calls, disposable email addresses, and hidden web surfing. We'll also go over a few situations where this could be useful for you, the journalist -- reaching out to sources without revealing yourself too much, providing avenues for whistleblowers to contact you and other situations.

    Regency North

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Is 911 a joke in your town?

    Speakers: Ben Poston, Ben Welsh

    Get up and get down with our panel to go home with a game plan to find out if your local public safety departments are arriving. We'll break down all the jargon and provide a shake-and-bake recipe for analyzing 911 response times at any American fire department or EMS shop.

    Regency Center

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 3: Geocoding to merge databases with addresses into maps

    Speakers: David Herzog, Jennifer LaFleur

    Geocoding to merge databases with addresses into maps with ArcView.

    Keeneland

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    Smarter interactive Web projects with Google Spreadsheets and Tabletop.js

    Speaker: Tasneem Raja

    Death to tediously hand-crafted flat files! This killer combo offers a way to suck structured data out of Google Spreadsheets and plug it into whatever program/platform/framework you'd like, via simple javascript syntax. Ergo, the data is easily shared with every reporter, editor, fact-checker, copy editor, etc. in your newsroom, and all updates are real time.

    Churchill Downs

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Excel 3

    Speaker: Coulter Jones

    Learn pivot tables, filtering and more.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Data cleaning with text editors

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Jon McClure

    Learn how to make the most of the Find and Replace functions in text editors to clean up messy text files. We'll show you some tools (such as basic regular expressions) to help you find problems and whip your data into shape.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Intro to Javascript the right way

    Speakers: Jeff Larson, Al Shaw

    Kentucky Suite

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    CAR on the beat

    Speakers: Daniel Catchpole, John Diedrich

    You don't have to be a dedicated data-hacker to do CAR stories. Stop by to learn tips and tricks to find and turn around CAR stories while working your beat.

    Regency South

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Special Event

    Media Lawyers Brown Bag

    Speakers: Jon Fleischaker, Monica Dias, David B. Smallman, Esq.

    Here's your chance for informal Q&A about legal issues. Bring your "hypotheticals" and your own lunch.  Beverages and dessert will be provided.

    Regency South

    noon - 1:45 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mini-Boot Camp (Friday) Team A

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's mini boot camp.  This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques.  IRE's current and past trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data.  You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom.  In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.  Only 36 seats are available and there is an additional $50 registration fee.  Pre-registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration can be done online when you register for the conference.  Sessions will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  

    Seneca/Iroquois

    2 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Excel magic: Advanced functions for data cleaning and more

    Speaker: MaryJo Webster

    String functions, IF statements and other powerful tools for cleaning, rearranging and analyzing data that you'll wish you had learned earlier. Prerequisite: comfortable working in Excel.

    Keeneland

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Data on the fly: Real-time news coverage

    Speakers: John Keefe, Mark Wert

    Learn how professionals combined old and new techniques when covering events from Election Day to Hurricane Sandy. We'll talk in detail about the elements and some of the code. But you needn't be a programmer to participate. We hope to help you consider a few new ideas and approaches next time you need to move fast.

    Regency South

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    Mapping as a storytelling platform: Esri Story Maps and ArcGIS Online

    Speaker: Clem Henriksen

    Esri experts offer a 50-minute workshop to provide insight into how the company's new ArcGIS Online product can be maximized as a platform to enhance storytelling. Esri Story Maps and other app development tools that require no programming expertise are now available to make digital and print map generation more effective and easier to create.

    Churchill Downs

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Beyond the scoreboard: Using data to investigate sports

    Speakers: Jack Gillum, Paula Lavigne

    See some data-driven stories and dive into stats and analytics. We will discuss both private and public data sources and unique challenges in compiling sports data.

    Regency Center

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps

    Speaker: Doug Haddix

    Twitter mechanics, strategy and apps; Learn the do's and don'ts of tweeting; master Twitter lists; and explore apps of particular use in news gathering and reporting.

    Prerequisite: must have a Twitter account.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mini-Boot Camp (Friday) Team B

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's mini boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's current and past trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    *Pre-registered attendees only

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    2 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    D3? R? Tableau? What's right for you?

    Speakers: Amanda Cox, Robert Kosara

    When it comes to visualizing data, you know you want to be nimble in something. But what should that something be? A look - with examples - at some of the trade-offs between using a tool like Tableau versus a programming approach like D3.

    Regency North

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with open-source database manager MySQL

    Speaker: Alex Richards

    Hitting a wall with Access when it comes to big data? It may be time to make the leap to the world's most popular (and free) database manager. This session will fill you in on everything you need to know.

    Kentucky Suite

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Searching the global deep web for better data and information

    Speaker: Scott Swigart

    As a competitive-intelligence professional, I use Google and a wide variety of other Web-based tools to find very specific pieces of information, answer critical questions, and dig out hard to find information on companies. Business journalists can use many of these same techniques to go beyond Google and get much more out of the Web in far less time when researching companies and individuals around the globe. In this session, you'll fill your toolbox with Web tools for your research.

    Regency South

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    From CAR to news apps and back again

    Speakers: Lena Groeger, Ted Mellnik, Charles Ornstein, Serdar Tumgoren, Derek Willis, Troy Thibodeaux, Sarah Cohen

    *Moderated by Troy Thibodeaux, The Associated Press

    The folks behind some of the most exciting projects bringing together CAR reporting and news app development will talk about how they do it and what they've learned. How do CAR reporting skills relate to app development? What insights and techniques can developers bring to investigations? How do we create workflows that produce the best of both worlds -- great apps and great stories from the same data sets? How can we further integrate interactivity and narrative for more engaging storytelling approaches? Think Phil Meyer meets Edward Tufte in these tales from the trenches.

    Regency North

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    How to serve mad traffic

    Speakers: Jeremy Bowers, Jacqui Maher,

    Or, how to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. This session is an advanced class on hosting very high-volume news apps using Amazon's cloud infrastructure. Think election night, the thundering herd, the million horde, etc. We'll cover Varnish and CloudFront caching, static file bake-out using S3, and go over what's likely to break and how to be ready for it. Prerequisites: Familiarity with Amazon EC2 and the linux command line.

    Churchill Downs

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Disasters: Preparing for and digging in after the storm

    Speakers: Ryan McNeill, Ben Poston

    Find out how data can (and should) bolster your post-disaster reporting. We'll discuss important datasets and highlight work done after disasters across the country.

    Regency Center

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Practical document mining with DocumentCloud and overview

    Speakers: Ted Han, Jonathan Stray

    Tame that stack of documents! In this workshop we'll walk you through the analysis of a large set of text documents (thousands of pages) using two free tools: DocumentCloud and Overview. You'll learn how to upload, OCR, search, visualize, cluster, tag, annotate, and publish your documents.

    Kentucky Suite

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Using OpenRefine to clean and explore dirty data

    Speaker: Tom Meagher

    Learn to take filthy, stinking, messy data from an unhelpful government agency and transform it into something useful with the help of OpenRefine. If you often have to scrub and standardize huge spreadsheets, but you haven't delved into regular expressions, this program will change your life.

    Keeneland

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Amazon cloud basics

    Speaker: Scott Klein

    Cloud servers are an amazingly flexible way to use computing resources. Servers and test benches used to take weeks to order and configure, but thanks to the cloud, you can build up arbitrarily complex farms of computers to do your bidding in a few minutes, from serving a dynamic news app to crunching through a data set to trying out a new technology on the cheap. This course will help you understand the thicket of acronyms and programs that make up Amazon's AWS system and will get you started building servers.

    All you need is a normal Amazon account. Before the class, go to http://aws.amazon.com/ and click "sign up," and follow the instructions so you've got an account ready. Important note: We'll build actual servers and then turn them off, which may cost a few dollars.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Computer Science 101: How to speak the language of the people who speak computer

    Speakers: Brian Hamman, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

    Do you listen to programmers talk and zone out? Instead of letting your mind wander to your dinner plans, come to this session to learn the basics of how programmers think, the tools they use, and how others have applied the world of computer science to journalism. This session assumes no prior knowledge of CAR.

    Regency South

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Data analysis on the fly with Excel

    Speaker: Christopher Schnaars

    Conflicted about whether to attend Lightning Talks or brush up on your Excel skills (and maybe get a solid data-driven story idea you can take back to your newsroom)? Why not do both? This class will focus on basic Excel skills to show you how to interview your data. The instructor will come prepared not only with Census population estimates and campaign-finance data, but also extreme weather data that includes, yes, lightning strikes. We'll start with whatever data appeals to the most students and learn all we can. Got data of your own that you're not sure how to approach or need help with something specific? Bring it with you, and we'll help you figure it out.

    Prerequisites: Some experience with basic Excel

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Stats in Excel

    Speaker: Krista Kjellman Schmidt

    You don't need a fancy pants program to compute several different sorts of statistics. In this session, you'll learn how to compute basic descriptive statistics in Excel. You'll also learn how to run correlations and regressions in Excel.

    Keeneland

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Lightning Talks

    Speaker: Derek Willis

    Sometimes you don't need 45 minutes to explain a useful technique or interesting resource. Join your colleagues for a session of short (5-minute) talks about doing CAR, Web development or other related topics. Anyone can suggest an idea, and the most popular talks will be given at this session. We'll provide a computer with Internet access and a projector, and the rest is up to you.

    *5 algorithms in 5 minutes - Chase Davis

    *Showing big datasets on small screens - Katie Park

    *Django Retrained: Five ways coding like a Web developer can make you a better investigative reporter - Ben Welsh

    *F@#$ing designers! - Aron Pilhofer & Miranda Mulligan

    *Be Your own Nate Silver - Jeff Larson

    *Let's make fun games for news - Sisi Wei

    *Z-Scores: How you can compare apples with oranges - Rob Gebeloff

    *Every State's Elections Are Weird - Jacob Harris

    *Casino Driven Design - Al Shaw

    *The soldering iron is the next great CAR tool. - Matt Waite

    *You need ILENE - Jennifer LaFleur, featuring Jeff Larson

    Regency Center

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    Finding the bad guys: Tricks for joining lists of people

    Speakers: Adam Playford, Michael LaForgia

    Identifying people who appear in two databases can give an investigation sweep and take it to the next level: think about matching camp operators and sex offenders, or felons and almost anything. But such joins are difficult and time-consuming, particularly if you have names but not dates of birth. Learn techniques to sidestep those issues by combining your favorite database software with simple scripting and some old-fashioned reporting. By the end of the session, you'll know how to match messy addresses and how to highlight promising hits based on name alone -- exactly what you need to find some bad guys and beef-up your next project.

    Churchill Downs

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Recipes for making good data

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Patrick Sweet

    Have a pile of documents, reports, index cards, or other collection of items not easily analyzed? Bring them in, and we'll talk strategies and best practices for building your own database by hand (gasp).

    Prerequisites: spreadsheet and/or database experience.

    Kentucky Suite

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Reception

    Philip Meyer Award Reception (co-sponsored by Northwestern University Knight Lab)

    Join fellow CAR attendees for the presentation of the Philip Meyer Journalism Awards at a reception Friday night with light hor d' oeuvres and a cash bar beginning at 5:15 p.m. in Regency North.  Thanks to Northwestern University Knight Lab for sponsoring the first drink for all attendees that evening.    

     

    Regency North

    5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • Panel

    CAR Focus Group

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    Please join IRE staff over a cup of coffee to discuss what attracted you to the conference and what you'd like to see in future years.

     

    Churchill Downs

    8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Saturday)

    Registration will be located on the 2nd floor of the Hyatt Regency Louisville.

    2nd Floor

    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Sales (Saturday)

    Stop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, including the newest title in the IRE beat book series. The large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winners of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. The sales table is also the place to get your ticket to "A Night on the Town" an event that is sure to be a fun time! All proceeds from your purchase help support IRE and its mission.

    2nd Floor

    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Demo

    Discovery, validation, publication: How to be ready for your social media Sandy

    Speakers: Steve Myers

    Steve Myers will use examples from Hurricane Sandy and other news events to show you how to find photos and information on social media and evaluate their authenticity.

    Churchill Downs

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    SPSS 1: Introduction to SPSS

    Speaker: Ken McCall

    Statisticians need to really understand their data (and so do you!) before they begin running analyses. As a result, statistical software packages such as SPSS have many powerful tools to summarize your data. You're going to love them. We'll take a look at the structure of some Home Mortgage data, do data transformations and run crosstabs with Chi Square significance tests to look at racial discrimination in home lending. Familiarity with Excel and some database software is recommended because we've got a *lot* of ground to cover in this hour.

    Keeneland

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    The great divide: Investigating income inequality

    Speakers: Paul Overberg, Robert Gebeloff, Himanshu Ojha

    Income inequality zoomed into the headlines with the Occupy movement and the 2012 presidential campaign, but most coverage was more about heat than light. Talk of an "income gap" "or the 99%" obscures a complicated reality and ignores most of the story - trends in the middle class. Income inequality is growing in many places, shrinking in others. Its pace and texture vary. Some causes are global and national, some are local. Come learn better ways to cover a complex story, including how journalists did recent stories and data tools you can use to analyze local trends.

    Regency Center

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Making maps with Fusion Tables

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell

    Welcome to Google Fusion Tables. In this hands-on introduction to the free online tool you’ll learn how to import data and turn it into an online map easily. We’ll add in some simple customization as well. Experience with spreadsheets and a Google account are the only prerequisites for this class.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Access 1

    Speaker: Peter Aldhous

    An introduction to Microsoft Access using SQL.  Learn to interview your data by selecting, sorting and filtering.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    How can we get the widest impact out of technology projects?

    Speakers: Larry Birnbaum, Rich Gordon, Ted Han

    *Moderated by Rich Gordon, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University

    A growing community of journalism developers is regularly producing technology that is potentially of broad utility beyond a single use. Much of this technology, however, is never used by anyone beyond the developer or news organization that created it. We'd all like our technology to be more widely used. What are the right strategies to promote the wider adoption of innovative news and media technologies? For what kinds of applications are open-source the right way to achieve widespread adoption?And when would it be worth considering turning the technology into a commercial product?

    Regency North

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Build your first News App with Django (Saturday)

    This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of taking a dataset from raw data and turning it into a searchable online database using the Python language and the Django Web framework.

    *Pre-registered attendees only

    Seneca/Iroquois

    9 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Building data-driven beats

    Speakers: Matthew Waite, Reginald Chua, Chris Amico

    How can the tools and techniques used in data journalism be applied to the day-to-day demands of beat reporting? What challenges do newsrooms face reorganizing and adding structure to beats? We'll share our experiences building sites like Homicide Watch DC and PolitiFact, and look at examples of other projects that add structure and data to daily beat reporting.

    Regency South

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Fundamentals of programming in Python

    Speaker: Serdar Tumgoren

    A crash course in basic programming that will walk you through the process of writing your first web scrape.

    Kentucky Suite

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Beyond mapping: Data analysis using Fusion Tables

    Speakers: Matt Stiles, Daniel Lathrop

    Google Fusion Tables is known for its easy-to-use mapping interface, but it's also a powerful and free database manager for reporters who don't have access to software or haven't yet mastered SQL syntax. Learn to use Fusion Tables to aggregate and query your data - and explore new features that have recently extended the tool's capabilities.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Inside baseball: What data journalism can learn from sports

    Speakers: Ryan Pitts, Matthew Waite, Jeremy Bowers

    This panel will identify areas for data journalism exploration by examining the current state-of-the-art baseball data analysis. Sports are the original form of data journalism -- box scores predate open government movements by about a century. And Joseph Adler's "Baseball Hacks" trained newbie Web CAR reporters how to scrape and analyze data sets using Perl and MySQL. Finally, sports analytics are a leading indicator for other kinds of analysis. Sensors, economic analysis, leverage are all de rigeur in baseball but still up-and-coming in data journalism. We'll take the concepts being used to analyze baseball, football, soccer and apply them to standard data journalism chores. A good example of this is leverage -- in baseball, an analyst attempts to find those situations in which a player had the greatest opportunity to change the outcome of a game. In data journalism, we might use a similar tool to analyze critical paths to an election win for a candidate or put together a network graph for bundled contributions to PACs.

    Regency North

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    The one-query story: Quick hits for your newsroom

    Speakers: Megan Luther, Kate Martin, Grant Smith

    **Moderated by Megan Luther, IRE/NICAR

    Amaze your editors and wow your readers with these quick-hit data story ideas. Learn techniques on how to look for the short-form watchdog and how to juggle it all. Afflict the comfortable by fact-checking their statements, find expert sources and use spreadsheets to inform your next project.

    Regency Center

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Prying it loose: Data negotiation and acquisition

    Speakers: Roby Alampay, Andrew Lehren

    Getting any record can be tough, but wrangling data can introduce even more challenges. We'll give you some tools and tips for getting data out of government agencies, no matter how difficult, and whether or not it's digitized. We'll look at how bureaucracies and a dearth of data can be surmounted by partnerships and clever programs to generate compelling services. And we'll look at case studies including the acquisition of data for a real-time traffic monitoring system in the Philippines.(interaksyon.com/tnav).

    Regency South

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    Dispatch: Secure, authenticated, instant mobile publishing

    Speakers: Kanak Biscuitwala, Mathias Lecuyer, Susan McGregor, Madeline Ross

    Dispatch is a unique publishing tool that allows journalists working in conflict areas to publish their work and communicate with sources instantly and securely. Using a unique, identity-based encryption scheme, Dispatch helps separate your published work from your real identity, while still giving your readers confidence that the material you post really came from you. And, while it publishes to the internet, Dispatch helps make sure your work gets out even when the internet is down, through direct, device-to-device sharing that publishes to the web as soon as connectivity is restored.

    In this session, we'll introduce the technologies and principles that drive Dispatch, and in the process highlight the issues that reporters all over the world need to be aware of when working with networked technologies. Participants will also be able to download and use the app themselves, and offer feedback on its functionality and design.

    Churchill Downs

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Fundamentals of programming in Python (cont'd)

    Speaker: Serdar Tumgoren

    A crash course in basic programming that will walk you through the process of writing your first web scrape.

    Kentucky Suite

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    SPSS 2: Basic linear regression

    Speaker: David Donald

    Go beyond counting and sorting. Learn how (and when) to measure relationships.

    Keeneland

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Access 2

    Speakers: Liz Lucas

    An overview of summarizing databases with counting and summing using SQL in Microsoft Access.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    How to edit a news app

    Speakers: Scott Klein, Aron Pilhofer

    There's a lot to think about when it comes to news apps, but not all of it is coding. What story is it telling? Does it tell it consistently and in a fact-based way? Does the story it tells agree with the reporting (and if not who's got explaining to do!) What's the lede, what's the nut (yes, apps have those).

    Regency South

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Data tactics for the well-rounded business reporter

    Speakers: Wendell Cochran, Edmund Tadros

    Business is all about numbers and data. In this session, you will get tips for finding and using data to beef up your stories about business and economics. No heavy lifting here, but it would be useful to have some experience with spreadsheets.

    Regency Center

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    SPSS 3: Using logistic regression

    Speaker: Jennifer LaFleur

    Linear regression helps you find relationships between two or more variables, but when an outcome has only two possibilities, you need a different tool. That, my friends, is where logistic regression comes in.

    Keeneland

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Access 3

    Speaker: Aaron Kessler

    Learn how to join tables, matching information from one file to another, using SQL in Microsoft Access.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Dashboards for reporting

    Speakers: Aaron Bycoffe, Jacob Harris, Derek Willis

    For newsrooms that need to cope with regularly-updated data, the ability to provide both real-time access and custom views to pinpoint newsworthy events is crucial. This panel will discuss some of the considerations when building and maintaining data dashboards, and show some examples of dashboards in action.

    Regency North

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Demo

    Developing reusable visualization components using D3 and Backbone

    Speakers: Alastair Dant

    This session will step through a process for creating components for standards-based Web content, focusing in particular on the creation of common building blocks for data visualization in JavaScript. D3 is an increasingly popular choice for developing visual content and we will look at how items ranging from simple bar charts to custom graphics can be packaged up for easy reuse. Backbone is a widely used toolkit for creating browser-based applications and we will examine how its models and views can play a role in the creation of components. Consideration will be given to combination, customization and the power of reuse versus the perils of over-generalization.

    Prerequisites:The session will appeal most to people who're already doing a bit of JavaScript programming. A familiarity with OOP and MVC concepts is a plus (but not essential).

    Churchill Downs

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Scraping with Node.js

    Speaker: Al Shaw

    Kentucky Suite

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Getting data into Excel

    Speaker: Liz Lucas

    Don't let hard-to-use data ruin your day. Learn how to import a variety of formats (such as text files, HTML tables, PDFs) into Excel.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mini-Boot Camp (Saturday) Team A

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's mini boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's current and past trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    *Pre-registered attendees only.

    Seneca/Iroquois

    2 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Maps and charts in R: real newsroom examples

    Speaker: Amanda Cox

    Using R, we will make 117 drought maps that appeared in the New York Times last summer, and explore other representations of the same data. In doing so, we will hopefully learn why we might (or might not) want to 'sketch with data' in R.

    Prerequisites: A text editor doesn't scare you. Or, if it does, you're game for learning.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Python programming for the rest of us 1: Google Fusion Tables - the gateway drug

    Speakers: Ronald Campbell, Christopher Schnaars

    This three-part class is designed for data journalists who are comfortable with the basic tools of our craft but intimidated by the "p-word" and think Aron Pilhofer has signed a pact with the devil. We will cover the basics and show you how a little programming can save you hours or days of time and make you look like a genius to your boss. Requirements: a laptop, a Google sign-in and curiosity.

    This section of the training: Learn how to manipulate your maps with some easy Python and HTML.

    Kentucky Suite

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Painless scraping with Helium Scraper

    Speaker: Sarah Cohen

    Helium Scraper is a reasonably low-cost ($140) solution for a lot of scraping chores, even if it’s not the magic bullet. This demonstration will show you when it might work for your project and give examples of how it works.

    Prerequisite: Windows

    Churchill Downs

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Git & Github: Learning to commit to version control

    Speaker: Tom Meagher

    When you're working on a web project, do you end up with a folder full of files with names like index_draft1.html, index_draft2.html, index_draft3.html? How often have you added a bad piece of code to a script, only to realize you didn't save a copy of the version that worked yesterday?

    You need version control, and git is the answer. This class will introduce basic git commands and walk you through using the social coding site Github to store and organize your projects. It's ideal for anyone working on web development, scraping and scripting to gather or clean data. You should set up an account on Github before the class, and it's recommended, but not compulsory, that you be comfortable navigating the command line.

    Keeneland

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mini-Boot Camp (Saturday) Team B

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's mini boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's current and past trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    *Pre-registered attendees only

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    2 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Infect the CMS

    Speakers: Jacob Harris, Al Shaw, Heather Billings

    We web developers strive for rugged independence. The luckiest of us have total control over our web stacks and the design of our projects, unlike those poor sods forced to labor within the Content Management System (CMS). Therein lies the problem; being apart means being invisible unless you spread your content to the CMS and beyond. This panel will discuss some strategies and experiences for getting your app content to find readers where they are.

    Regency North

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Dodging disasters: How to avoid making errors with data

    Speakers: Megan Luther, Liz Lucas, John Perry

    We'll cover common assumptions and mistakes in data-driven stories, from misunderstanding data to writing bad SQL. Learn techniques for checking your work and creating a safety net to help you sleep at night.

    Regency South

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Investigating the workforce

    Speakers: MaryJo Webster, Tom McGinty

    Labor unions may be struggling to maintain their membership, but they still play a pivotal role in the nation's economy and politics. Public pensions and the increasing pressure they are putting on local and state finances have moved to the forefront of the nation's fiscal debate. Tom and Mary Jo will discuss the data you can use to dissect the unions and public pensions in your region.

    Regency Center

    2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Going beyond the obvious: Creative uses for data

    Speakers: Ryann Grochowski Jones, Terri Langford

    Data is not just for analyzing, sorting and filtering. We'll share the best databases for finding sources, uncovering contact information, investigating relationships -- and how to get them. Great for beginners or anyone who wants to see spreadsheets in a new light.

    Regency South

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Making timelines

    Speakers: Lena Groeger, Krista Kjellman Schmidt

    Displaying a series of events can be as simple as drawing a straight line. But if you want to get fancier, there are a bunch of other options to display chronologies and storylines. In this talk, we'll take a tour of current timelines in the wild and walk you through three open-source tools to help you make your own: ProPublica's TimelineSetter, Zach Wise's TimelineJS, and WNYC's Vertical Timeline.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Finding stories in health data

    Speakers: Charles Ornstein, Michael Pell, David Donald

    Learn about datasets that can help localize health stories, including pharmaceutical company spending on doctors, nursing home violations and hospital quality, among others. We will dive into Medicare data and data that local and state reporters can use.

    Regency Center

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    (Way) beyond charts: Making interactive fun

    Speakers: Tasneem Raja, Sisi Wei

    Don't forget fun when making your interactives! We'll showcase witty and offbeat interactive graphics and news games from a few outlets we love, with the inside scoop on how each graphic was created, how the ideas got greenlighted, and tools you'd need to make them yourself.

    Regency North

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Python programming for the rest of us 2: Database connections

    Speakers: Christopher Schnaars, Ronald Campbell

    This three-part class is designed for data journalists who are comfortable with the basic tools of our craft but intimidated by the "p-word" and think Aron Pilhofer has signed a pact with the devil. We will cover the basics and show you how a little programming can save you hours or days of time and make you look like a genius to your boss. Requirements: a laptop, a Google sign-in and curiosity.

    In this second of three classes, you’ll learn how to open a text file, clean it and load it into a database.

    Kentucky Suite

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 1 with qGIS: Displaying data geographically

    Speaker: David Herzog

    Displaying data geographically with Quantam GIS 1.8.

    Keeneland

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    Make the robots work for you - implementing PANDA in your newsroom

    Speakers: Brian Boyer, Christopher Groskopf, Nolan Hicks, David Eads

    Wouldn't it be sweet if you got an email when something newsworthy happens? Wouldn't that make your job easier? Well, have we got news for you. Learn about implementing PANDA in your newsroom and automating your data chores.

    Churchill Downs

    3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Python programming for the rest of us 3: Webscraping for dummies

    Speakers: Ronald Campbell, Christopher Schnaars

    This three-part class is designed for data journalists who are comfortable with the basic tools of our craft but intimidated by the "p-word" and think Aron Pilhofer has signed a pact with the devil. We will cover the basics and show you how a little programming can save you hours or days of time and make you look like a genius to your boss. Requirements: a laptop, a Google sign-in and curiosity.

    This class will cover how to use Python to tame data for your own fiendish ends.

    Kentucky Suite

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Demo

    Wrangling Web data with Google docs - advanced course

    Speaker: Steven Melendez

    Lots of people use Google Docs. But many of them don't know about the Google Apps Script language, which makes it possible to scrape data from across the web and from Google's geography, finance, machine learning and other APIs, then present and analyze the data in a Google Spreadsheet. This session will demonstrate the basics of Apps Script by building a spreadsheet that automatically imports new data from a public source every morning and sends an email when it comes across something interesting.

    Churchill Downs

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Connecting the dots with NodeXL

    Speaker: Peter Aldhous

    NodeXL is an add-in for Excel 2007 and 2010 that allows you to do network analysis (aka social network analysis) in a familiar spreadsheet environment. You'll learn how to use the software by turning data from 2007 on voting patterns in the US Senate into an informative graphic revealing the chamber's underlying dynamics - and highlighting the few senators who broke the partisan mold.

    Gulfstream/Hialeah

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Using CAR to hold the powerful accountable

    Speakers: Jack Gillum, Kate Golden

    Want to get good stories, build trust with readers and make it harder for powerful interests to avoid scrutiny? Come by and pick up the essential tools of computer-assisted reporting -- and learn how to turn data into powerful storytelling. Whether you’re more comfortable with spreadsheets or shoeleather reporting, we’ll walk you through success stories (and cautionary tales) to beef up the impact of your beat.

    Regency Center

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Data journalism around the globe

    Speakers: Helena Bengtsson, John Bones, Nils Mulvad, Sebastian Mondial

    Panelists will show what data journalism is like outside the United States. There are different trends, and one of them is new independent centers for investigative reporting and cross-border investigations. Crowdsourcing is another trend, together with interactivity and different ways of mapping the news. We’re also witnessing the growing power of classical journalistic skills in combination with computer-assisted reporting.

    **Moderated by Nils Mulvad, Kaas & Mulvad

    Regency South

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 2 with qGIS: Importing and selecting data by attribute

    Speaker: David Herzog

    Importing and selecting data by attribute with Quantam GIS 1.8.

    Keeneland

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Panel

    Campaign finance the data science way

    Speakers: Chase Davis, Brandon Roberts

    **Moderated by Chase Davis, Hot Type Consulting

    The Center for Investigative Reporting and IRE teamed up with the San Francisco data science company Kaggle to help bridge the gap in journalism between hacking, math and substantive expertise. They challenged data scientists to approach a database journalists have looked at a million times over: federal campaign contributions. We'll introduce you to the winner of the competition and discuss the tools the data scientists used and their results.

    Regency North

    4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Sales (Sunday)

    Stop by the IRE sales table and take a look at our merchandise. We will be selling books, including the newest title in the IRE beat book series. The large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winners of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. The sales table is also the place to get your ticket to "A Night on the Town" an event that is sure to be a fun time! All proceeds from your purchase help support IRE and its mission.

    2nd Floor

    8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Mini-Boot Camp (Sunday) Combined

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's mini boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's current and past trainers will walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    *Pre-registered attendees only

    Seneca/Iroquois

    9 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    Intro to mapping with Fusion Tables

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell

    Welcome to Google Fusion Tables. In this hands-on introduction to the free online tool you'll learn how to import data and turn it into an online map easily. We'll add in some simple customization as well. Experience with spreadsheets and a Google account are the only prerequisites for this class.

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Investigating online

    Speaker: Mark Horvit

    From better search techniques to the invisible Web, how to find documents and databases on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories.

    Regency North

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Mapping best practices

    Speakers: John Keefe, Matt Stiles, Eric Gundersen

    Applications such as QGIS and Google Fusion Tables have made digital mapping accessible to anyone. But are we building maps that are useful? This panel will explore design dos and don'ts and discuss ways to optimize your maps so they perform well for your audiences.

    Regency Center

    9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Career development roundtable

    Speakers: Anthony DeBarros, Mark Horvit, Jennifer LaFleur, Aron Pilhofer

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

    Wondering what you need to learn to take that next step in your career? Interested in which skills news organizations are prioritizing now, and what might set you up for what they'll want next? Drop by the roundtable join us for a discussion of the skills that will help you progress.

    Regency Center

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Panel

    Finding data online

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell

    There are plenty of clues on the Web that data exist, even though so much information is buried deep beyond search engine eyes. This session will highlight advanced searches and strategies for finding data that can't be found with a traditional search engine. We'll also point you to the best sites for tracking down local, national and international data. All you need is a browser and some curiosity.

    Regency North

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

  • Hands-on

    How (not) to be a danger to yourself and others using the command line

    Speaker: Ted Han

    Harkening back to an earlier era of computing, the command line can easily seem like magic. Incantations are learned by rote, passed on by word of mouth from user to user, or written into arcane and impenetrable documentation. But live in fear no more! We will illuminate its nature and bind it to our use, navigating computers, manipulating files, and opening a comprehensible gateway to a world of pro-user and developer tools. Attendees should bring their laptops and be prepared to discover the Linux or Mac command line. (Note: Windows users may also learn transferable skills)

    Shawnee/Cherokee

    10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.