Events and Training

2014 CAR Conference

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.

For more information, visit our conference page.  


Time and place

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Sunday, March 2, 2014

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Registration information

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Schedule details

  • Special Event

    TechRaking 5ish: Bootstrapping the news (Sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting)

    Speakers: Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, Aaron Williams

    Emcees: Agustin Armendariz, Michael Corey, Aaron Williams

    1-5 p.m. Beers at 5 p.m. $50 per person, limited seating

    Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.

    One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran data crunchers and programmers from The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you'll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and -- most importantly -- why we use them.

    You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you're back home.  At the end of the day meet your fellow beginners over beers and with a visit from the FOIA Machine robot. 

    Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet with news hacking.

    Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges

    Operating systems: Windows: Version 7 or higher Mac: OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher Ubuntu: Version 12.04 or higher 4 GB of RAM 10 GB of free hard-drive space

    Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes:VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xubuntu, csvkit, Python, Git, Django, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, Ilene, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper, QuantumGIS, Node.js, NPM, Ruby, Rails, RVM, Bower, Grunt, Fabric, Yeoman, CIR news app template. 

    Basic Schedule:

    1-5 p.m.

    Why should you care about this/The power of research apps (30 minutes)

    What we’re about to install (10 minutes)

    Install… (30 minutes)

    Stuff you got with your install (15 minutes)

    Using your powers (Walkthroughs of some of the basics, like using your Terminal, python, csvkit, using NICAR bridge data) (90 minutes)

    Group competition (60 minutes)

    5 p.m. Beer/FOIA Machine toast at Pickles Pub.

    Register for Techraking 5ish: Bootstrapping the News

    Chesapeake

    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Wednesday)

    Registration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.

    University Ballroom

    2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Special Event

    Detecting corporate fraud (Sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism)

    Speakers: Roddy Boyd, Theo Francis

    The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will offer a free pre-conference workshop from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26. In this free workshop, journalists will learn techniques for digging – with an eye for fraud – into U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other disclosures. Instead of spending weeks scouring aimlessly through hundreds of pages of corporate documents, reporters will gain an understanding of what key financial information is available, where to look in the documents to quickly identify trouble spots and how to recognize when crucial details are missing.

    Instructors Theo Francis of The Wall Street Journal and Roddy Boyd of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation, will teach you how to track and understand key markers – from risk disclosures to cash generation to atypical pay structures that might encourage fudging the books – to develop the arsenal of reporting tools needed to root out corporate crooks. You’ll leave knowing where to find the information the fraudsters are trying to hide.

    Sign up for this free workshop.

    Salon DEF

    2 p.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, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. 

    University Ballroom

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

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Thursday)

    Registration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.

    University Ballroom

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

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview 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 Baltimore. We'll also give you a brief rundown on some of the resources IRE has to offer.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

    Stadium 4

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

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with open-source database manager MySQL

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Chase Davis

    Plenty of data these days come in large or relational tables that require a good database manager, beyond what Excel and even Access can offer. MySQL is a free, powerful, and popular open-source tool, and with it you can transform and analyze almost any dataset. In this class we will introduce you to MySQL and how it works. Please note that we cannot help you install it here, but there'll be plenty of help for that at the installation party Sunday at 9 a.m.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have some experience working with data in columns and rows, and are familiar with SQL.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Panel

    Getting started: Controlling CAR conference overload

    Speakers: Megan Luther, Tisha Thompson, Helena Bengtsson

    Are you new to data journalism or does this happen to be your first time at a CAR conference? Is it time to up your game but you're not sure how to take the next step? If so, this session will help you get on track to make sure that you get the best experience possible from the 2014 CAR Conference. We'll highlight sessions and give you tips for success during and after the conference.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    This just in: Data for breaking news investigations

    Speakers: Chris Keller, Jaimi Dowdell, Justin Fenton

    **Moderated by Jaimi Dowdell, IRE/NICAR

    What will you do the next time a plane crashes, a fire starts or a politician gets caught in a scandal? We’ll show you how you can prepare for the next big story using dashboards, searchable databases and more.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon BC

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

  • Hands-on

    PyCAR Mini Boot Camp - Team A

    Speakers: Heather Billings, Tom Meagher, Eric Sagara

    Introduction to Python

    This mini-bootcamp will teach journalists basic programming concepts using the Python language. The daylong class will introduce language basics and useful libraries in the course of a typical reporting project: scraping data from the Web, inserting it in a database and analyzing the results.

    Although the class is geared toward beginners, we'll assume that you're comfortable with databases and SQL and that you've hopefully seen a command line since the days of DOS. Preregistration is required for this session and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Hands-on

    Tableau Public for beginners (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speakers: Jewel Loree, Ben Jones, Ellie Fields, Elaine Chen, Dave Reeck

    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 and make them interactive.

    Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. Register for Tableau Public for beginners

    Stadium 1

    9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  • Demo

    Media as data-illuminating the undiscovered country of television news

    Speaker: Roger Macdonald

    Learn how the Internet Archive's television news research service repurposes closed captioning to facilitate searching, comparing, contrasting and quoting 500,000+ U.S. television news broadcasts aired in the last 4+ years. Find out how journalists and other researchers are being assisted in exploring this unique TV dataset. The collection has been recently used to analyze the media landscape in the battle for defining the Trayvon Martin story, map the world TV news covers and model responsible stewardship of content created by others.

    Targeting select 2014 Congressional election battleground districts, we are working to create a digital research archive of all election-related media, including political ads joined with FCC-required TV station reports on who paid how much for each. Learn about potentials for collaborating in creating and using this election media accountability, financing transparency and voter resource library.

    This session is good for: Everyone.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Mapping Mini Boot Camp

    Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur, Robby Deming, Brian Peterson,

    Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp and receive a free copy of ArcGIS Desktop*.

    IRE and NICAR trainers conduct this hands-on training using the latest version of ArcView GIS. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. You’ll learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; geocode to merge databases with addresses into maps. Attendees will also learn how ArcGIS Online may help as a storytelling platform. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

    Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    *ArcGIS Desktop includes first year call-in technical support and upgrades at no cost to Boot Camp attendees. ArcGIS Desktop license will not time out. Call-in technical support and upgrades are available on fee basis in year two. Please contact the Esri Media Relations team for further information.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Panel

    NewsCamp::The next generation of data viz

    Speaker: Alberto Cairo

    Insight and Enlightenment: The future of news visualization In the past decade, interactive visualization has grown rapidly in news organizations. This presentation will discuss some trends that may define its future. At the same time, it will suggest that, in these times of rapid change, we --data designers and journalists-- need to be reminded of what the core values of the field are.

    This session is good for: Anyone. All conference attendees are welcome as space allows, but reserved seats are available for those registered for NewsCamp.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    PyCAR Mini Boot Camp - Team B

    Speakers: Ryan Murphy, Kevin Schaul, Chris Keller

    Introduction to Python

    This mini-bootcamp will teach journalists basic programming concepts using the Python language. The daylong class will introduce language basics and useful libraries in the course of a typical reporting project: scraping data from the Web, inserting it in a database and analyzing the results.

    Although the class is geared toward beginners, we'll assume that you're comfortable with databases and SQL and that you've hopefully seen a command line since the days of DOS. Preregistration is required for this session and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    Rifling through the mapping toolbox

    Speakers: Ryan McNeill, Michael Corey

    There are many powerful spatial tools at a journalist's disposal. What's the right tool for the job? We'll use real-world examples of the process of transforming a pile of data into a compelling story and visual presentation using a wide variety of tools: ArcGIS, QGIS, PostGIS, TileMill, GDAL, GeoDjango and probably a few more acronyms for good measure.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with open-source database manager MySQL Part II

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Chase Davis

    After showing you the lay of the land with MySQL in Part 1, we'll take you through creating databases and tables, importing data, and executing queries. We'll demonstrate some of the more powerful tools at your disposal, and show you where to go if you want to learn more.

    This session will be most helpful if: You took MySQL Part 1, or have some experience with open source database managers and SQL.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Demo

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

    Speakers: Michael Corey, Coulter Jones, Djordje Padejski, Shane Shifflett, Steven Melendez

    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 open source 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.

    This session is good for: Anyone who files multiple public records requests or would like to be smarter about accessing public records.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    NewsCamp::Intro to D3

    Speakers: Irene Ros, Arvind Satyanarayan, Alastair Dant

    Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS. We'll start by demystifying D3 with a look through some of the themes that inspired it. From there we'll look at and work through key concepts.

    This session is good for: Those with some programming knowledge. All conference attendees are welcome as space allows, but reserved seats are available for those registered for NewsCamp.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Make dirty data shine with OpenRefine

    Speaker: Frederick Kaimann

    Got a big data set that's full of dirty data? OpenRefine to the rescue! In a few easy steps, you'll have polished data in no time. And it's free. OpenRefine is more powerful than a spreadsheet, more interactive and visual than scripting, more provisional/exploratory/experimental/playful than a database. A hands-on workshop. No programming required.

    Prerequisite: Some spreadsheet familiarity.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

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

    Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur, David Donald, Brant Houston

    **Moderated by Brant Houston, University of Illinois

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    Enhance your stories with statistics

    Speakers: Steven Rich, Rob Barry

    We'll do our best to help you avoid blowing up your newsroom with an explosive mix of means, medians and Fisher's exact test. This survey of statistical tools will demo real-life examples of basic statistical techniques, significance testing, linear models, Monte Carlo simulations and more.

    This session is good for: Reporters who want to enhance their analytical skills (and earn more money). Beginners through advanced statisticians welcome.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Follow the fracking

    Speakers: Mike Soraghan, Tom McGinty

    Fracking is re-shaping the nation's economy and changing a lot of communities along the way. Data can help you steer through the competing claims of big oil and the green lobby for compelling local stories. Mike Soraghan will highlight the data sources he has used to dig into the fracking revolution. Tom McGinty will explain how he used geographic data types in SQL Server to find out how many people live close to oil wells in fracking-heavy states.

    This session is good for: People who want story ideas. It'll be useful for both beginner and advanced data users.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

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

    Speakers: Brant Houston, Maud Beelman,

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Maps and charts in R: real newsroom examples

    Speaker: Matthew Waite

    R is becoming more and more popular in newsrooms for visualizing data and finding trends. Find out why.

    Prerequisites: Basic R, GIS and visualization knowledge a plus but not required. Examples will skip over some R basics.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Hands-on

    Torturing Excel into doing stats

    Speaker: Steve Doig

    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.

    This session will be most helpful if: You already are comfortable with using functions in Excel.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Demo

    FollowTheMoney: Lead the pack in tracking campaign finance

    Speakers: Edwin Bender, John Perry

    Take your political reporting to higher levels with FTM's new and expanded website. Learn insider tips on how to add ingenious features and expanded data to your reporting toolkit.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Love your life, retire your servers

    Speakers: Andy Boyle, Tasneem Raja

    Building news applications is hard. Running dozens of servers—or even one—can be even harder. Save your sanity: build everything as a “static” project instead. We’ll show you the pros and cons of getting rid of most of your pesky servers, tell you what you’ll need instead, and show you how static apps can make your life easier and even help you work with the rest of your newsroom.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Dig into business with data investigations

    Speakers: Rob Barry, Philip Mattera

    Businesses raise and spend trillions of dollars, build and tear down property, file for patents and copyrights, set up complex partnerships, sue and get sued, and otherwise file reams of documents every year. With all that activity, they leave plenty of marks for journalists to follow. Take your stories beyond the usual sources and learn how to dig through data for business investigations.

    This session is good for: Anyone. Beginner and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Hands-on

    Tableau Public for pros (Hosted by Tableau)

    Speaker: Mike Klaczynski

    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 and 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. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend the class. Limited seats are available. Register for Tableau Public for Pros

    Stadium 1

    1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Panel

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    Hacks or Hackers?

    Speakers: Jeremy Singer-Vine, Isaac Wolf, Scott Klein, Tor Ekeland

    As more data and services move online, web-scraping, HTTP traffic monitoring, and reverse-engineering have quickly become indispensable tools for investigative journalism. On their face, many of these techniques don't look much different from those employed by less-benevolent "hackers." Where should journalists draw the line between clever reporting techniques and unethical, or illegal, tactics? Where has law enforcement drawn the line? Join a panel of lawyer(s) and journalists for a debate on scraping, sniffing, impersonation, honeypots, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and more.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Panel

    Free tools for data analysis

    Speakers: Martin Burch, Matt Wynn

    A breathless tour of the universe of free software that’s available to help import, summarize, manage, graph and map your data. From statistical analysis in R and Python to geospatial analysis in QGIS, PostGIS, and Spatialite, we’ve got the tools for you.

    This session is good for: Reporters held back by a shoestring software budget.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    NewsCamp: The next generation of data viz (Beginner)

    Speakers: Arvind Satyanarayan, Christopher Canipe

    Beginner Class

    Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS.

    This daylong class will begin with an introduction to D3 and its capabilities. We'll then break into hands-on classes where you'll spend the rest of the day building your own visuals.

    Pre-registered attendees only.  Laptops will be provided for this training.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Demo

    The customized Census: How to use microdata when you just can't find the right table

    Speakers: Robert Gebeloff, Katie Genadek

    So you want to use Census data but you can't find a Census table that has exactly what you want. Or you want to create a time series, and you're not sure if this year's table is comparable with past years. Census microdata, and the folks at IPUMS, are here to help. Learn how this free and useful resource for developing customized tables from the Decennial Census, American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey has produced stories that couldn't be told with published data alone.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    NewsCamp: The next generation of data viz (Advanced)

    Speakers: Irene Ros, Alastair Dant

    Advanced Class

    Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS.

    This daylong class will begin with an introduction to D3 and its capabilities. We'll then break into hands-on classes where you'll spend the rest of the day building your own visuals.

    Advanced Track: This class will be designed for experienced programmers who must have experience writing code in some modern programming language (Ruby, Python, etc.).

    Preregistered attendees only. Laptops will be provided for this training.

     

    See printed schedule for room information

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

  • Panel

    Killers and other criminals: Keeping tabs on crime

    Speakers: Laura Amico, John Bones

    This panel will discuss crime reporting and provide take-aways for application on other beats, too. Two cases studies will be featured: Homicide Watch DC and a data-intensive project from VG in Norway.

    This session is good for: reporters and editors with experience in beat reporting and new reporters looking to build contextual beats, as well as reporters looking for interactivity inspiration and how to make feature stories based upon numbers.

    Salon BC

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

  • Demo

    Make reporting better, together — Collaborative reporting with GitHub

    Speakers: Ben Balter, Jordan McCullough

    GitHub is a collaborative development platform used by newsrooms around the world. Whether you find yourself collaborating on code, data, or prose, you'll be able to bring back to your newsroom a firm grasp of conversational GitHub for journalists, how GitHub is being used today, and the potential for version control and collaborative tools like GitHub for rethinking reporting in an age where technology is making it easier to work together than alone.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Breaking out the heavy artillery - using data to track weapons

    Speakers: David Fallis, Griff Palmer

    Learn how to mine disparate sources of data to pierce the federally-imposed secrecy surrounding crime guns. You'll learn how to combine data sets to trace guns from store counter to crime scene, how to tap into a gunfire detection system used by many agencies that logs the latitude and longitude of gunshots, and more. You'll also learn how programming tools can be used to scrape data -- in this case from a gun trading website -- that revealed the way large numbers of guns change hands with no background checks.

    This presentation is best suited for: Journalists with a range of data analysis skills -- from spreadsheets to programming -- who want to break new ground in gun coverage.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    Save the data: going from zip (drive) to news by rescuing, analyzing old data

    Speakers: Cheryl Phillips, Gregg Leslie, Jacob Harris

    Come help explore the possibilities and cautions in saving, rescuing and reviving old data sets as well as aggregating and standardizing disparate local data to create a bigger impact. Possible hackfest to follow.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    When data don't exist

    Speakers: Sarah Cohen, Meghan Hoyer, Matthew Waite

    You've got a great story idea but no one tracks the data. Time to quit, right? Wrong. We'll show you the tools, and the pitfalls, of making your own data when no data exists.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Docs! Docs! Docs!

    Speakers: Ted Han, Shane Shifflett, Jonathan Stray, Mike Tigas, Tyler Dukes

    **Moderated by Tyler Dukes, WRAL-Raleigh

    There's a whole world of data journalism beyond numbers, as the NSA files demonstrate! Fortunately there are now good tools for every aspect of document work in journalism. FOIAMachine automates filing and tracking your FOIA requests. DocumentCloud is the standard tool to import, annotate and publish documents. Overview automatically sorts and visualizes thousands or millions of pages in any format for super fast reporting. TabulaPDF is a one-stop solution to extracting tables from PDFs. Come get your document on!

    This session is good for: Anyone working on or contemplating a story involving documents, especially lots of documents.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Demo

    The Investigative Dashboard – Tools to expose organized crime and corruption around the world.

    Speakers: Margot Williams, Hawley Johnson

    Your stories are international - your research should be too. That vital piece of evidence might be in another country, in another language, in a database you have never heard of before. The Investigative Dashboard helps you find it, both with databases and with personal help from skilled researchers. Come demo the Investigative Dashboard, a research tool of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project developed in collaboration with Google Ideas.  

    Try searching the crowd-sourced database, put together by dozens of reporters and civic hackers, which contains over 800,000 company registration records and other related public records from more than 11 countries. Or explore more than 400 online databases in 120 jurisdictions where you can search for information on persons of interest and corporations worldwide. If you still cannot find what you need, submit a request to our professional researchers who can search external databases and official filings for evidence of corporate ownership or property holdings that cross borders. Take it for a test drive and it may lead you to that missing link in your investigation.

     

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Harnessing the power of the crowd

    Speakers: Mohammed Haddad, Robert Benincasa

    Crowdsourcing doesn't mean seeking consensus from the group. This session will focus on harnessing a crowd's diversity and personal stories, not just the combined megaphone of their voices. You'll learn strategies to create a database with multiple, disparate sources, and to match your database design decisions to your needs for the story. And we'll look at how to present your work on mobile devices, and integrate social media to help drive data acquisition.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Tools for cracking PDFs

    Speakers: Edward Duncan, Jeremy Merrill, Mark Horvit

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

    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 discuss docHive and Tabula, tools developed by fellow NICARians that can help liberate data.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    Investigating infrastructure: The National Inventory of Dams

    Speakers: Liz Lucas, Joseph Davis

    Critical infrastructure keeps high waters and dangerous chemicals at bay, but what happens when the infrastructure fails? We will talk broadly about the importance of investigating infrastructure, including tips for stories and data sources. We'll drill down into the elusive National Inventory of Dams, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped releasing shortly after 9/11. The database has more recently become searchable on the USACE website, and NICAR and SEJ have acquired a copy.

    This session is good for: People who want story ideas. Some experience with data would be helpful, but not necessary.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    How the internet watches you

    Speakers: Nat Meysenburg, Dan Staples

    Privacy is not dead. Surveillance is not inevitable. But if we ever want to keep our data from the snoops and thieves, or work to keep sources and contacts safe, we first need to understand how the internet works. In this visual presentation, Technologists from the Open Technology Institute explain the basics of what happens when you send an email or connect to a WiFi hotspot, and how criminals and governments (or criminal governments) can intercept and monitor that data.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Friday)

    Registration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.

    University Ballroom

    8 a.m. - 5 p.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, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. 

    University Ballroom

    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with Excel

    Speaker: Helena Bengtsson

    In this introduction to spreadsheets you'll begin analyzing data with Excel, a simple but powerful tool. You'll learn how to enter data, sort it and conduct simple calculations like average and median. Time allowing, you'll even learn to create a basic Google map using data from spreadsheets.

    This session is good for: Data beginners. It will be most useful if you have a Google account.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Panel

    The year in CAR in odorama

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Mark Horvit, Jennifer LaFleur

    **Jennifer LaFleur, Odor Master

    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. As a special tribute to Baltimore's own John Waters, we'll be presenting this session in odorama.

    This session is good for: People who want story ideas and people who like to smell things. It'll be useful for both beginner and advanced data users.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Demo

    A tour of the new Census Reporter

    Speakers: Joe Germuska, Sara Schnadt

    Census Reporter is a new, free and powerful tool made by journalists to help journalists use census data in their stories. Building on it’s predecessor, census.IRE.org, which made Census data more easily available for download, this new project has developed an interface to help a wide range of journalists from shoe-leather types to journo nerds and app developers get the census data they need to give context to their stories, and also dig deeper to explore and analyze census data in new ways. This site tour will introduce the depth and potential use cases for this data set while showing off some of the new tools created to let you learn more about your beat, make meaningful comparisons across topics, populations and geographies, and expose patterns in hyper local, regional and national cultural/social/economic landscapes.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Intro to JavaScript

    Speaker: Jeff Larson

    In this beginners class we’ll start from the very basics of JavaScript and build from there. We’ll walk through a number of simple exercises with the popular library jQuery to explain how the language works.

    Prerequisites: You don’t need to have used JavaScript to attend this class, but some knowledge of a programming language would be helpful.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Hands-on

    Statistics: an introduction

    Speaker: Ronald Campbell

    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.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have familiarity with Excel and some database software. We've got a *lot* of ground to cover in this hour.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Hands-on

    Fusion Tables for beginners

    Speaker: Daniel Lathrop

    Welcome to Google Fusion Tables. In this hands-on introduction to the free online tool you'll learn how to import and combine data, do simple analysis and easily turn that into an online map. We'll explore using Fusion Table as a toolbox for reporting and online storytelling.

    This session will be most useful if: You've ever used a spreadsheet and you have a Google account.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Hands-on

    Build your first News App (Friday)

    Speakers: Chase Davis, Ben Welsh, Derek Willis

    This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won't stop until you've deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.

    Pre-registered attendees only.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Hands-on

    Advanced functions in Excel

    Speaker: Steve Doig

    Dirty, disorganized databases getting you down? Electronic records rarely come the way you want them--especially when dealing with government agencies. But Excel has some very powerful, easy-to-use tools to give you back control over how you want your spreadsheet to look. Never spend hours cutting and pasting again, or haggling with a PIO about changing the layout of your data request. In this hands-on class we'll show you some great tricks that will forever change the way you deal with data.

    This session will be most helpful if: You are familiar with the basic tools of Excel like sorting, filtering, writing functions and making pivot tables.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    Holding algorithms accountable

    Speakers: Chase Davis, Nicholas Diakopoulos, Jeremy Singer-Vine, Frank Pasquale

    **Moderated by Chase Davis, The New York Times

    From business and marketing to political campaigns, an increasing number of decisions that affect our daily lives are not being made by humans, but by computers. As reporters, we are experts in holding powerful people and institutions accountable, but how do we do the same for algorithms? This panel will discuss why algorithmic accountability matters and practical strategies for what we, as journalists, can do to incorporate it into our coverage.

    This session is good for: Anyone interested in watchdog journalism. No technical background required.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    It's a disaster

    Speakers: Matt Jacob, Alex Richards

    Many indispensable data sources can quickly be at your fingertips should disaster ever strike. We'll discuss some of the best examples of this kind of reporting from around the country and what to have on hand in your newsroom to be prepared.

    This session is good for: Reporters who understand data basics and are comfortable using spreadsheets on deadline.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    Finding great stories in not-so-great nonprofits

    Speakers: Luke Rosiak, Kendall Taggart

    In the session, you'll learn about using detailed nonprofit disclosures to background people and businesses and crack open stories on this massive sector of the economy. Speakers will walk you through how to find stories in citizenaudit.org, a new resource that's made millions of nonprofit tax filings fully text-searchable. They'll show you some useful ways of crunching nonprofit data to identify red flags for fraud. And, they'll share places to find key documents beyond the basic 990. You'll leave with tangible story ideas and tools for using these resources on any beat.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas. Beginners and advanced data users welcome. Programmers will learn about an API for research or incorporation into their site.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Introduction to R

    Speaker: Sharon Machlis

    Get a taste of R, a programming language specifically designed for data analysis and visualization, at this hands-on session designed for complete R newbies. You'll see one-line commands for creating graphics, statistical summaries and more.

    No prior programming experience needed.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Demo

    Powerful data science tools without an engineering degree

    Speaker: Matthew Granade

    Increasingly, data analysts are filling their need for powerful tools by turning to products and services designed for IT professionals. Whether they need access to the cloud to crush large data sets, or flexible version control to manage complicated projects, analysts are forced to waste time struggling with tools that are difficult to setup and configure for anyone who isn't an engineer. That's where Domino comes in: Domino is a platform for data scientists working in R, Python and Matlab who want powerful tools that "just work" without any setup. Domino lets you run your analysis in cloud without changing your code; provides automatic version control for your data, code, and results; and facilitates collaboration on your projects. In this talk, Matthew will demo Domino and talk about how other data journalists are using it in their day-to-day work.

    This session is good for: People who have a basic understanding of data analysis in R, Python or Matlab and want better tools for doing their work.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Complaints: A road map for killer investigations

    Speakers: Tisha Thompson, Jill Riepenhoff

    You've got a tip. A gut feeling. You just know it's happening to others. But you need the meat. Delve into the world of consumer complaints and all the glorious goodies they contain. We'll show you the different kinds of complaints that are out there, how to find them and how to use them.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas and new sources of data. Beginners and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Free the data: Getting government agencies to give up the goods

    Speakers: Deborah Nelson, Kirsten Mitchell, Michael Ravnitzky, Kate Willson

    **Moderated by Deborah Nelson, University of Maryland

    Learn the latest on the current state of open records, tactics that can successfully get you what you're after, and what can happen when government pushes back.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Liberate data from PDFs with Tabula

    Speakers: Mike Tigas, Jeremy Merrill

    Ever receive a FOIA response that has all the data you want -- but in PDF files? Ever try accessing that data in Excel or database software?

    You can do it with Tabula. We'll show you how.

    Tabula is a tool to extract data tables from PDF files. It’s free, open source, built by journalists and doesn't send your sensitive data over the internet. At this hands-on workshop, we'll teach you how to use it with real world examples -- or, if you bring your own PDFs, we'll show you how to liberate the data. (Tabula doesn't work with scanned or OCRed PDFs -- only PDFs with embedded text. That is, if you can select text on the PDF, Tabula will work.)

    Bring your laptop (Mac, PC or even Linux) and we'll help you install it, too, of course.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Grab data from the Web with Helium Scraper

    Speakers: Tommy Kaas, Nils Mulvad

    After this session you'll have made your first scraper using Helium Scraper, an easy, low-cost, point-and-click tool that’ll get you most of the way.

    This session is good for: Beginners in scraping.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Hands-on

    Statistics: basic linear regression

    Speaker: David Donald

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

    This session will be most useful if: You took 'an introduction to statistics' and want to know how to apply what you learned, or are comfortable with summary statistics and SPSS and new to stats. Familiarity with spreadsheets and database managers is recommended.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Panel

    Wading through the sea of data on hospitals, doctors, medicine and more

    Speakers: Dan Keating, Charles Ornstein, Peter Eisler

    While the Obama administration has been pilloried for its lack of transparency, it has released some useful data sets that can help reporters and news organizations cover the quality and finances of their local health professionals and facilities. This session will provide an introduction to what's available, how easy it is to use and what stories you can write based on the data. We'll also preview some of the data that we expect to be released in the next year.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas. Beginners and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    Proper workflows for data projects

    Speakers: Brian Boyer, John Perry, Ben Welsh, Kevin Schaul

    **Moderated by Kevin Schaul, Star Tribune

    Data manipulation is dangerous. In the new world of data-driven journalism, it's easier than ever to get it wrong. We'll explore best practices to ensure that your data projects adhere to the tenets of journalism — integrity and transparency. The panelists will walk through processes of data projects they have worked on, giving concrete (and, at times, quite technical) solutions to general pain points from the perspectives of reporters, nerds and editors. Bring your questions.

    This session is good for: Reporters, editors and nerds looking to be accurate. Some familiarity with data projects recommended.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Using formulas in Excel

    Speaker: Ryann Grochowski Jones

    Much of Excel's power comes in the form of formulas. In this class you'll learn how to use them to analyze data with the eye of a journalist. Yes, math will be involved, but it's totally worth it! This class will show you how calculations like change, percent change, rates and ratios can beef up your reporting.

    This session is good for: Data beginners.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Panel

    Creating maps: Principles, mistakes and potential

    Speakers: Noah Veltman, Tom MacWright

    If you've ever created a map, you know how exotic projections or odd formats can quickly turn the tide against you. In this session Noah Veltman and Tom MacWright will guide you through the tools of the trade, common pitfalls, and the patterns that successful projects follow.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Analyze networks with NodeXL

    Speaker: Peter Aldhous

    NodeXL is an add-in for Excel 2007 and later 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 2013 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.

    This session will be most helpful if: You are comfortable working in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    More than an editor: Leadership for data-driven projects

    Speakers: Maud Beelman, Matt Stiles, Sharon Walsh, Manny Garcia

    **Moderated by Manny Garcia, Naples Daily News

    Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. Hear from a panel of veterans who have successfully guided data-based stories from conception to conclusion.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon BC

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

  • Hands-on

    Git and GitHub 101 — Create your first pull request today!

    Speakers: Ben Balter, Jordan McCullough

    This Git foundations class helps you, as a newcomer to GitHub and Git, fully grasp the concepts and application of distributed version control so that you can effectively begin using this productivity-enhancing suite of tools. We’ll explore the foundations of GitHub and Git through practical every-day commands and processes. We’ll conclude with workflow ideas and practical tips that will get you on the road to mastery of this revolutionary version control system.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have basic knowledge about a version control system is recommended, whether that be Subversion, CVS, Perforce, StarTeam, SourceSafe, ClearCase or any similar product.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Mapping from the desktop to the web

    Speakers: Robby Deming, Brian Peterson,

    Join us for a hands-on tutorial on using ArcGIS Online as a free tool to transform your desktop GIS research and other public data into interactive web maps and apps.

    This sessions is good for: People who want to easily create interactive web maps to complement their reporting.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Demo

    PoliInformatics research challenge : New methods for computational investigations of the financial crisis

    Speaker: Anne Washington

    What innovations in analysis do data journalists want to see from the computational research community? PInet announces the Research Challenge for Data Journalism that is part of our goal of building interdisciplinary collaborations. The PoliInformatics Research Coordination Network (PInet) is funded by NSF to build community and capacity for data-intensive research using open government data. Political informatics seeks to expand the use of diverse methodologies in the study of politics, policy and governance. We encourage submissions from data journalists that lead to the development of tools for systematically analyzing government data to address insightful questions.

    We have carefully curated a set of documents and data about the financial crisis from open government sources. Participants are invited to submit a proposal based on ideas and questions that they would like to see answered, as well as general use scripts or code they develop using our data. A project could be, but is not limited to, tools for making patterns or relationships visible, generating hypotheses, or connecting multiple datasets in order to facilitate deeper analytics. Describe what questions you would like to ask across our curated dataset, ask a question yourself or describe an ideal system. This is one of many related challenges that examine the policy response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Other challenges are being held in natural language processing, social network analysis, and political science. Challenge winners will receive a travel stipend to participate and meet other winners in the PInet 2014 workshop held in Autumn 2014.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Campaign Finance I: Mining FEC data

    Speakers: Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, Chris Schnaars

    PACs and candidates for Congress and the White House must file reports with the Federal Election Commission to show where their money comes from and how they spend it. We'll show you where (and when) to find this data, where the gold nuggets are buried, how to analyze it for stories, precautions to keep you off A2 and third-party tools to aid your deadline reporting. You'll leave with a treasure trove of how-to guides, a dozen or more story ideas and a free puppy.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas and reporting tips. Beginners and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Cooking with hardware

    Speakers: John Keefe, Liza Stark

    Liza and John will demonstrate (and share recipes for) dozens of hardware projects they've built over the last year, from conductive dough and blinky lights to cicada-tracking temperature sensors. Come explore how physical computing might be a part of your next project or feature.

    This session is good for: People who might like to redirect some of their geek skillz off the screen and into physical objects. Appreciation of Play-Doh, holiday lights or Arduinos a plus.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Statistics: 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.

    This session will be most useful if: You took 'an introduction to statistics', or are comfortable with summary statistics and SPSS. Familiarity with spreadsheets and database managers is recommended.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Hands-on

    Pivot tables for stories

    Speaker: Jonathan Stoneman

    A look at the awesome power of pivot - and how to use it to analyze your dataset in minutes rather than hours.

    This session will be most helpful if: You are familiar with formulas in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Special Event

    Student brown bag: What do you mean I can’t have that public record?

    Speakers: Jill Riepenhoff, Tyler Dukes, Adam Goldstein

    Grab your lunch before this session starts. Beverages and dessert will be provided.

    **Moderated by Jill Riepenhoff, Columbus Dispatch

    Student journalists, bring us your legal problems and we’ll help you tackle them. We can’t expunge your campus parking ticket but we can tell you how to access the records that could lead to a meaty investigative story. Frustrated by FERPA? Join the club, but we have some strategies to deal with the overly broad, clearly misunderstood student-privacy law. Collecting public records – including databases, videos, 911 tapes – is at the core of what we do as journalists. We’ll share some war stories, some successes and help demystify a public-records request.

    Salon BC

    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.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.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have some experience working with data in columns and rows.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    Social media for investigations

    Speakers: Mandy Jenkins, Robert Hernandez

    There are valuable sources buried in that flood of tweets and tucked away in the bowels of LinkedIn - you just need to know how to find them. In this session, we'll go over some tools and tricks to finding sources on social media networks, verifying social content and collecting data via crowdsourcing.

    This session is good for: Reporters, editors and others who want to dig deeper with social media. Prior experience using Twitter other social tools would be helpful, but not required.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Mini Boot Camp

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques.

    IRE's experienced 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.

    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. Laptops will be provided for the training.

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

    See printed schedule for room information

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

  • Panel

    Investigating racial inequality

    Speakers: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Lawrence Lanahan, Steve Doig

    **Moderated by Steve Doig, Arizona State University

    Baltimore has a long history of racial tensions, so it provides a great setting to examine these issues. Lawrence Lanahan just completed The Lines Between Us, a year-long series for WYPR-Baltimore examining those tensions. ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones has been examining civil rights in housing around the country. Hear how these reporters got the stories and find ways you can use data to investigate racial tensions in your own community.

    This session is good for: Anyone. Beginner and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Demo

    Building charts and graphs that are connected to live data

    Speaker: Timothy Barmann

    This demo will show how to create info graphics that automatically update themselves with live data. These charts, graphs and maps automatically reflect the most current data without any intervention beyond the initial setup. Examples include maps of power outages, graphs temperatures over the last 24 hours, graphs of national and local unemployment rate, fuel prices, etc. The session will cover how to get the data into a Google spreadsheet, how to schedule updates, and how to visualize the data with a chart or table that can be embedded on your web site. It will also touch on a more advanced method using PHP/MySQL that doesn't rely on Google.

    This session is good for: Those who have a basic knowledge of JavaScript or other programming language will get the most out of the session

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Campaign Finance II: Going beyond the data

    Speakers: Chris Schnaars, Jack Gillum, Fredreka Schouten

    So you've downloaded and analyzed a treasure trove of campaign-finance data and gotten a couple quotes from a spokesman or two. It's time to craft your story, right? Well, sure, if you like to see your stuff on the bottom of C8. We'll show you how to marry your smart analysis with shoeleather reporting to provide context and background information on the people and PACs who dig deep into their own pockets to fill campaign war chests. And you get a free kitten!

    This session is good for: Reporters who want a heavier emphasis on shoe leather reporting tips to cover campaign finance.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    The customized Census: Using microdata

    Speakers: Katie Genadek, Robert Gebeloff

    Working with microdata sounds scary but it's not. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will gain experience using IPUMS census data via the online analysis system, SDA. We will guide users through the process from the research question to data access and analysis. Our goal is to help users improve their reporting on the American population through thoughtful use of IPUMS data.

    This session will be most useful if: You attended the customized Census demo Thursday at the conference or have a working understanding of microdata. All attendees should register in advance for IPUMS-USA (free and easy!) at https://usa.ipums.org/usa-action/users/login.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    Protecting your work from prying eyes

    Speakers: Susan McGregor, Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Josh Meyer, Chris Doten

    **Moderated by Josh Meyer, Medill National Security Journalism Initiative

    Today more than ever, it's vital that journalists working with sensitive information understand the privacy threats they face and best practices for protecting their work and their sources.

    This session is good for: Reporters, editors, and technologists involved in stories where security could be an issue, but also any journalist concerned about protecting their information, sources and activities.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Building maps with leaflet and mapbox.js

    Speaker: Becca Aaronson

    Learn to create interactive maps in an hour flat. In this introduction to Mapbox and Leaflet, we'll teach you a simple way to create visually stunning, interactive maps, complete with a legend and hover text. Once you know the basics, you'll be a master mapmaker in no time.

    This session will be most useful if: You have a basic understanding of javascript, CSS and html. Beginners and advanced data users welcome!

    Stadium 3

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

  • Hands-on

    Create your own interactive newsgame in 50 minutes!

    Speaker: Sisi Wei

    After a brief introduction of powerful games created using Twine, you'll be using this popular open-source tool to brainstorm and create your own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure newsgame during the workshop. No coding experience necessary, as Twine will do all of the programming work for you, and generate an HTML file that is ready to publish anywhere. Plus, those with HTML/CSS and Javascript experience can also build upon and customize their games.

    This session is good for: Beginner and advanced data users. No programming experience required, but those with HTML/CSS and Javascript experience can also build upon and customize their games.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Panel

    DataViz for everyone: A practical guide to going responsive

    Speakers: Lena Groeger, Chris Amico, Ryan Pitts

    Data visualization needs to work everywhere our audience encounters it. Designing for the desktop isn't enough anymore. This session will examine tools, techniques and approaches for making data visualization work across devices, and it will examine how sites and projects have tackled this problem.

    This session is good for you: If you have a good working knowledge of JavaScript, HTML, CSS and responsive design.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    50 ideas in 50 minutes

    Speakers: Jodi Upton, MaryJo Webster

    If you have a few data skills and you're looking for the right ideas to try them out, here are plenty -- whether you need something for tomorrow or you have a few weeks. We've got 50 proven winners for media outlets of all sizes, coming at you fast!

    This session is good for: Reporters who want story ideas. All skill levels welcome.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Everyday scripting

    Speaker: Agustin Armendariz

    There are everyday data munging tasks that you can automate with just a little bit of programming know-how. This class is geared towards more seasoned data analysts. Those that know how to use things like functions and stored procedures to process data. But beginners are welcome. We'll use python and the Ipython Notebook to roll through some code and I'll have other example scripts posted on Github for reference when you get ready to apply these techniques in your everyday work. So stop by, have some fun and get ready to work more accurately and efficiently.

    This session will be most useful if: You have some data experience including functions and store procedures to process data, but beginners are welcome.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Hands-on

    SQLite for command line

    Speaker: Matt Kiefer

    Is Access choking on that join you wrote? Bit off more rows than your spreadsheet can chew? Perform a data Heimlich maneuver by querying from the command line with SQLite. It's super fast, free software that's easy to get up and running on any computer. We'll start with a few command-line basics, then cover importing/exporting data, simple to intermediate querying, some handy built-in functions and other neat features so you can chow down at the all-you-can-eat data buffet.

    You'll want to take this intro class if: You are a SQL beginner or have hit the limit of what you can crunch with your current database manager. This is a good continuation for those taking the Intro to SQLite class -- though that session is not a prerequisite. Previous experience in command line is not necessary; we'll get you caught up.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    Weathering the storm: Using data to track nature's fury

    Speakers: Stephen Stirling, Ian Livingston

    Weather affects everyone. Learn how meteorological and climatological data can help your organization build clout, gain readership and avoid pitfalls all while building beautiful visualizations and top-notch science enterprise in a fast-growing market.

    This session has something for everyone. We'll explore the endless bounty of weather data available and show what's possible, for beginners and advanced alike.

    Salon BC

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

  • Demo

    How PANDA works: Software architecture for big data

    Speakers: Brian Boyer, Christopher Groskopf

    A deep-dive into the front-end and back-end architecture of PANDA Project, the data warehouse for every newsroom. Come learn about how we harnessed MongoDB, Postgres, Solr, Nginx, Django, Tastypie, Backbone and much more in the construction of PANDA. (A MUST if you've ever considered hacking your PANDA or contributing to the open source project!)

    This session will be most useful if: You have some programming experience and interest in how large software projects are assembled.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    100+ tips and tools for news research

    Speakers: Margot Williams, Gary Price

    Nicarians will leave with a basket of tips and tools for public records research, online privacy, advanced search techniques, alerting services and personal web caching and archiving.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Using Excel for statistics

    Speakers: Ryann Grochowski Jones

    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.

    This session will be most helpful if: You are familiar with Excel or another spreadsheet program. Please note that this class is very similar to Torturing Excel into doing stats earlier in the conference.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Grabbing data from websites: tips and tricks

    Speakers: Michelle Minkoff, Scott Klein

    Stadium 5

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

  • Panel

    Lightning talks (Sponsored by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation)

    Speakers: Derek Willis, Chris Barr

    **Moderated by Derek Willis, The New York Times

    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.

    Here are the 2014 lightning talks you selected:

    1. Refactoring; or Why Your Code Sucks and How to Fix It, Christopher Groskopf

    2. A Few of My Favorite Wee Things, Lena Groeger

    3. Natural Language Processing in the kitchen, Anthony Pesce

    4. Five (more) algorithms in five (more) minutes, Chase Davis

    5. What we can learn from terrible data viz, Katie Park

    6. Practical Calculus, Steven Rich

    7. Detecting What Isn't There, Sisi Wei

    8. The whole internet in 5 minutes!, Jeremy Bowers

    9. How to Raise an Army, Tyler Fisher

    10. You Must Learn, Ben Welsh

    Grand Ballroom East

    4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Reception

    Philip Meyer Award Reception

    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 5:30 p.m. in University Ballroom.  

    University Ballroom

    5:30 p.m. - 6:45 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, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. 

    University Ballroom

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

  • Special Event

    CAR Conference Registration (Saturday)

    Registration will be located on the 1st floor of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in University Ballroom.

    University Ballroom

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

  • Hands-on

    Ruby 1: Introduction

    Speaker: Al Shaw

    Learn the basics of programming through the Ruby language. In this class, we'll start with the fundamentals of the language and work our way through objects and simple scripts to access data APIs.

    This session is good for: People who want to start learning to program. Laptops will be provided.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Panel

    The art and craft of finding people

    Speakers: Julie Tate, Rick Yarborough

    Locating those important characters to bring your story to life can sometimes be difficult. From public records to online searches, we'll take you step by step through the process of tracking down people, including which sites are worth shelling out money on.

    This session is good for: Beginners to advanced.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with SQL

    Speaker: Fred Vallance-Jones

    Learning to manipulate data is a bit like learning a new language. Actually, it is a language, called structured query language. This session is an introduction to using SQL to zero in on your data, by viewing slices and chunks of it, and putting it into a useful order so you can spot the stuff you need to get started toward a story.

    This session will be most useful if: You have some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Hands-on

    Build your first News App (Saturday)

    Speakers: Chase Davis, Ben Welsh, Derek Willis

    This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won't stop until you've deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.

    Pre-registered attendees only.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Panel

    Threat modeling: Security for your story

    Speaker: Jonathan Stray

    There is no one-size fits all security, and no one tool will make you secure. Security threats can come from a variety of different actors, and attacks can be technical, social, physical, or legal. Threat modeling is an integrated approach to security based on an assessment of your specific situation. You will learn the basic questions you need to answer to determine your security needs, how security threats vary depending on what you’re working on and where you’re working on it, and how to design a security plan including determining which tools and services you should use.

    This session is good for: Reporters, editors, and technologists involved in stories where security could be an issue.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Introduction to mapping: Importing and displaying data geographically with QGIS

    Speaker: Peter Aldhous

    QGIS is the leading free, open source Geographic Information System (GIS) program. You'll learn how to use QGIS to make a simple thematic map, with areas colored according to data, plus a map of points, how to set their map projections, and how to export them as a vector graphic.

    No prior experience of GIS/mapping required.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Panel

    Danger! Hazardous materials: Using data to uncover pollution

    Speakers: Denise Malan, Ben Poston, Tim Wheeler

    Learn some of the best state and national databases to track pollution and hazardous wastes. The panel will cover a variety of environmental hazards, from oil refineries and toxic waste to chicken farms and sewage spills.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas. Beginners and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    Incorporating data into your beat

    Speakers: Tom McGinty, Jennifer Smith Richards

    Data isn't just for big projects or a designated analyst. Learn how to think about finding and using data on any beat and strategies for juggling that work with the demands of daily coverage. We'll talk about the kind of data every beat reporter should have on hand and show some examples of how beat reporters have made use of them.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    How to feel like you're hacking without really doing it

    Speaker: Samantha Sunne

    We're going to hijack some tools for web developers (Firebug, JavaScript console, etc.) and use them for journalism. Trace the origin of a photograph, download a video, scrape a table, uncover personal information and more, all within a couple of minutes and without having to learn any code first.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Hands-on

    My friend FRED: A free tool for searching and graphing business, economic and government data

    Speaker: Keith Taylor

    Get hands-on training on FRED, a free data toolkit for journalists. You'll learn how to quickly find and download any of 156,000 series of local, U.S. and international data from 61 sources, and then easily place that data into interactive graphs for print or web use.

    Salon A

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

  • Demo

    Political framing: Computational analysis of rhetoric in large text datasets

    Speakers: Al Johri, Dhrumil Mehta

    This session will introduce Political framing, a project aimed at allowing you to more meaningfully analyze large natural language datasets using computational methods. In our project, we analyze the congressional record to computationally understand how politicians frame their rhetoric around particular issues by using machine learning to recognize patterns in their speech and observe how these patterns change over time. We envision expanding these methods to any large text dataset and are excited to have a discussion about all of the possibilities that this and other new kinds of text analysis algorithms can unlock for journalism.

     

     

     

     

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Building a data journalism course

    Speakers: Amanda Hickman, Fred Vallance-Jones, Ira Chinoy, Cheryl Phillips

    **Moderated by Fred Vallance-Jones, University of King's College

    With surging demand for journalists with data and development skills, more universities and colleges are including data courses in their curricula. Experienced data trainers from U.S. and Canadian journalism programs discuss the special challenges of building a data course that works. They'll share their best tips too.

    This session is good for: Anyone who teaches data journalism and CAR skills, or would like to teach them, at the college or university level.

    Salon BC

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

  • Hands-on

    Ruby 2: Acquiring and transforming data

    Speaker: Jeff Larson

    In this intermediate class, we’ll cover how to grab public data from the internet and transform it into clean data ready to use in the newsroom. Along the way, we’ll cover topics such as parallel processing and metaprogramming.

    This class is good for: Folks who have had a bit of ruby in the past.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Hands-on

    DocumentCloud

    Speakers: Ted Han, Mark Horvit

    Want a free online tool that will allow you to analyze documents, make notes in them, share them with other journalists and the publish them for your audience? Learn how DocumentCloud can help you at this introductory sessions.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    How to uncover inequity and swindlers in subsidized housing programs near you

    Speakers: Angela Caputo, Tim Henderson

    Public housing authorities are turning more and more to private landlords to house poor families. In return, these building owners collect billions in federal subsidies each year. We’ll talk about how to match up payment, inspection and municipal data to investigate the state of this “new” public housing.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas. To replicate, mapping, Excel, and Access are required. SQL too depending on how much data you pull.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Counting and summing with SQL

    Speaker: Andrea Fuller

    If you know how to write a basic SELECT statement in SQL through Microsoft Access but are looking to make calculations, then this is the session for you. Learn to count how many times certain records appear in a database and sum totals across records. These skills can come in handy whether you're covering campaign finance or boating licenses.

    This session will be most useful if: You took 'getting started with SQL' or are familiar with 'SELECT' and 'WHERE' statements in SQL.

    Stadium 2

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

  • Panel

    An app for that: Mobile tech and tools for reporting

    Speaker: David Ho

    The mobile revolution is upon us, but how can the technology help you as a journalist? Bring your toolbox into the age of smart phones and tablets with this session on apps for gathering and producing news. Record an interview? Transcribe a speech? Archive Tweets? Track an airplane? There's an app for that. Plus learn other mobile tips, tricks and tools to supercharge your reporting.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Demo

    Journalists - Staying safe in a digital world

    Speaker: Kelley Misata

    Governments, criminal networks, and private companies are using technology to track journalists and their sources. This session will cover what communication networks and third party services know about you, how to protect your communications from various adversaries, and how to safely store data.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    docHive: Pulling structured data from scanned PDFs

    Speakers: Charles Duncan, Edward Duncan

    In this hands-on class you learn how to use docHive to extract data from PDF files.

    This session is good for: people who want to pull data from PDF files. CAR beginners welcome--no coding required.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    A quick trip through data in the sciences

    Speakers: Carolyn Lauzon, Kathleen Ratcliff, Cynthia Hsu, Beth Duckles, Sarah Cohen

    **Moderated by Sarah Cohen, The New York Times

    A panel of scientists will talk about their favorite techniques for disciplines ranging from biology to sociology.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Mapping 2: Manipulating and editing geographic data with QGIS

    Speaker: Peter Aldhous

    QGIS is a powerful tool for processing data for use by other mapping applications, including for web mapping. In this class you'll learn how to join tables of data to existing shapefiles, simplify geographic features so that online maps will render quickly, and how to save data in formats commonly used for web mapping. You'll also learn how to edit geographic data, and how to process data consisting of hundreds or thousands of points to give a more meaningful summary display.

    This session will be most helpful if: You completed the Mapping 1 class, or have some prior experience working with QGIS.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Hands-on

    Joining tables with SQL

    Speaker: Pamela Dempsey

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

    This session will be most useful if: You are familiar with 'counting' , 'summing' or 'GROUP BY' in SQL and want to add another tool to your SQL skill set. (Or you are tired of trying to connect the arrows between multiple tables in Access.)

    Stadium 2

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

  • Hands-on

    Excel magic: Advanced functions in Excel

    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.

    This session will be most useful if: You are comfortable working in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    Stadium 1

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

  • Panel

    The fine art of negotiating for data

    Speakers: Ellen Gabler, Joanna Lin, Andrew Lehren

    **Moderated by Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Before you can analyze the data, you've got to get it -- and we all know that many government agencies are often less than willing to share. Learn strategies for successful negotiations, and what to do when facing seemingly impossible roadblocks.

    This session is good for: Reporters of all levels seeking ways to knock free data from difficult sources and improve records requests so you can get your story done.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    It's not just for looks: Presentation as a storytelling tool

    Speakers: Alyson Hurt, Helene Sears, Chrys Wu, Aron Pilhofer

    **Moderated by Chrys Wu, The New York Times

    Design is key to attracting attention, keeping the public engaged and even getting people to do what you ask of them.

    We'll look at examples from the BBC, NPR and The New York Times and share tips and ideas on what you yourself can do to design and present brilliant stories.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Hands-on

    Go! Go! In the hot seat with breaking news

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Megan Luther

    What do you do when a bridge collapses, a plane crashes, oil spills or a building explodes? In this session you'll walk through a real-life breaking news scenario tackling it as an investigator. We’ll let you try it on your own then we’ll walk you through some resources you might not have known existed. Beat your competition with these tips and sources.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Ruby 3: Simple web apps with Ruby

    Speaker: Jacqui Maher

    This class includes an overview the two most popular frameworks for creating web applications with ruby: Ruby on Rails and Sinatra. After you've learned enough ruby to work with a set (or sets) of data and clean it up, how do you turn it into something your readers can interact with? We'll focus on using the simple Sinatra framework to build on what you've learned in ruby 1 & 2.

    This class will be most useful if: You attended the Ruby 1 & 2 classes or have previous Ruby experience.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Hands-on

    PostGIS & CartoDB

    Speakers: Andrew Hill, Michael Keller

    The first part of this session is good for reporters looking to learn how to turn raw data into customizable interactive maps.

    The second part will teach the beginnings of PostGIS, the geospatial analysis language that you can use to both analyze geodata and customize maps for presentation even further.

    Prerequisites: Part one, none although some CSS would be helpful. Part two, some SQL would be helpful but is not required.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    People and patterns: The network behind the story

    Speaker: Valdis Krebs

    Valdis will discuss various network analysis methods and insights that will help journalists extract relationships in complex human stories -- especially investigations where information is hidden or disguised. He will share how he mapped the 9-11 hijacker network and uses online data to find hidden relationships and networks that provide non-obvious insights.

    This session is good for: Anyone. This non-technical session is good for journalists exploring how mapping and measuring human networks can help them tell complex stories and share information/understanding with fellow reporters/investigators.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Panel

    Examining prescribing patterns (Phil Meyer Award winner)

    Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur, Charles Ornstein

    This year promises two new, exciting opportunities for data journalists to report on doctors, the drugs they prescribe and their relationship with pharmaceutical companies. Medicare for the first time has started releasing data on the drugs prescribed by individual health care providers in its drug program, which pays for one in every four prescriptions in the country. And later this year, the government will release data on all payments by drug and device companies to doctors around the country. Exploring these two data sets separately, and together, present some incredible reporting opportunities.

    This session is good for: Reporters looking for story ideas. Beginners and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Demo

    A picture of Earth through time: Storytelling with Google Earth Engine

    Speakers: Randy Sargent, Vanessa Schneider

    Covering science stories, love building maps, or just want to see something really cool? Working with the USGS and NASA, Google released more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled into an interactive timelapse map. News outlets around the world have been using this stunning imagery to localize stories about urban growth, deforestation and more. Here's a rundown of the session, for both developers and non-developers: First, we'll walk you through how we built our timelapse map, then demo how to easily embed it on your website. Next, we'll show you how to create custom tours with the imagery using a special editing tool we built for storytellers. Finally, we'll demo Earth Engine, Google's geo data analysis platform, the core technology used to compile the timelapse imagery. Developers in the room will have the opportunity to sign up to be Trusted Testers for Earth Engine's advanced geo data analysis tools.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Mini Boot Camp - Saturday

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques.

    IRE's experienced 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.

    See printed schedule for room information

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

  • Demo

    OpenElections year-in-review

    Speakers: Sara Schnadt, Serdar Tumgoren, Derek Willis

    The core team from the OpenElections Project will show their progress on the Knight-funded effort to gather and standardize election data from across the country. Learn what data is already available, how you can contribute, and share ideas on how the project can best help journalists prepare for the 2014 mid-term elections.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Regular expressions

    Speaker: Amanda Hickman

    If you want to supercharge your data cleaning, come learn Regular Expressions. Regex comes pre-packaged in most text editors and is a valuable tool in manipulating data.

    This session will be most useful if: You have experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Advanced GitHubbing and Git Internals

    Speakers: Ben Balter, Jordan McCullough

    Many Git workshops successfully focus on the basics for those new to DVCS. However, with Git having a full 5 years on the street now, there is a growing desire to address the maturing users of this innovative DVCS. This workshop will take existing Git users and bring them to a heightened level of productivity by leveraging Git’s powerful, yet underused “advanced” features.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have basic familiarity with Git and GitHub.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Panel

    Inspecting the inspectors: Using inspection data to drive your stories

    Speakers: Michael Pell, Joce Sterman

    Inspecting the inspectors: Using inspection data to drive your stories From nuclear power plants to day care facilities, digging into inspection data can lead you to powerful stories. We’ll show you how to use inspections to cover breaking news, develop short term investigative stories and long-term projects for multiple platforms.

    This panel is perfect for: Anyone looking for ways to dig into inspections and the people who conduct them, and turn those results into compelling stories for broadcast or print.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    NewsCamp::Demystifying D3

    Speakers: Alastair Dant, Irene Ros,

    Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS. We'll start by demystifying D3 with a look through some of the themes that inspired it. From there we'll look at and work through key concepts.

    You'll get the most from this session if: You have some programming knowledge, though all are welcome. This session is a recap of Thursday's NewsCamp sessions and pre-registration is not required.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Panel

    "Mind the Gap" --- Holes in your data can lead you to stories

    Speakers: Thomas Hargrove, Jennifer LaFleur

    Missing data doesn't mean you can't do the story -- it might be the basis for your story. From unreported arsons to unidentified bodies, panelists will discuss story examples and techniques for finding holes and anomalies that may lead you to great stories.

    This session is good for: Anyone. Beginner and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Getting started with Python

    Speaker: Anthony DeBarros

    New to Python (or programming in general)? We'll get you started with an overview of the basics, plus plenty of code examples you can put to use right away.

    This session is good for: People who know their way around a computer and are ready to dive into programming.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Hands-on

    Unlocking secrets of Excel to cover economics and business

    Speaker: Aaron Kessler

    Whether you just started using Excel or it's been your companion for years, chances are there's a lot it can do you've never realized. We sometimes think of Excel as the stepping stone to database managers like Access or SQL Server, and overlook just how powerful its tools can be. Especially if you're covering business and economics, come find out why Excel is still so popular in the business world and we'll unlock some of its secrets. The people you're covering know these tricks - you should too.

    This session is good for: People who understand Excel basics but want to unlock powerful functions for analyzing businesses.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    Inside the global offshore money maze

    Speakers: David Donald, Mar Cabra, Margot Williams, Sebastian Mondial

    The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists "Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze" is one of the largest and most complex cross-border investigative projects in journalism history. More than 110 journalists in about 60 countries analyzed a 260 GB leaked hard drive to expose the systematic use of tax havens. Learn how this multinational team mined 2.5 million files and cracked open the impenetrable offshore world by creating a web app that revealed the ownership behind more than 100,000 anonymous "shell companies" in 10 offshore jurisdictions.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    CAR wash: Clean that dirty data

    Speakers: Alex Richards

    Dirty data lurk everywhere: in text files, spreadsheets, databases, and PDFs. We'll walk you through some examples of the most common types of dirty data, point out telltale signs of data illness and explain how you can whip data into shape using some simple tools and methods.

    This session will be most useful if: You have some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

    Salon A

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

  • Hands-on

    Beyond the basics: Advanced SQL for analysis

    Speakers: James Gordon, Liz Lucas

    If you feel comfortable with the Structured Query Language basics that IRE teaches in its boot camps -- SELECT, FROM, WHERE, GROUP BY -- but are ready to see what else SQL can do, this session is for you. We will cover more advanced ways of manipulating and questioning data, such as UPDATE queries, different types of joins, writing sub-queries, merging results from two queries, and other neat tricks. Some of this SQL is too advanced for Microsoft Access, so we will use MySQL in the class.

    This session will be most useful if: You are comfortable with the counting, summing, in SQL and are familiar with joining tables.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    It's not on the exam: Exploring data beyond standardized tests on the education beat

    Speakers: Coulter Jones, Meredith Broussard

    A lot happens in and around schools that isn't on those bubble tests. From buildings and books to food and everything else in between, schools are teeming with underutilized data. We'll look at different sources for stories and new ways to dive in to data on education beat.

    This session is good for: Anyone who wants story ideas. Beginner and advanced data users welcome.

    Salon BC

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

  • Panel

    Crossing the language boundaries across your newsroom: journo to dev and back

    Speakers: Sarah Cohen, Noah Veltman, Erika Owens

    Join us for a roundtable discussion on how reporters and developers can work together effectively. We'll talk about things like how reporters and developers can think more like each other, how interactive projects come together (or fall apart), and strategies for reporters trying to learn to code.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Panel

    Data deep dives (part 1)

    Speakers: Ellen Gabler, John Maines, Paul Overberg, Mark Horvit

    **Moderated by Mark Horvit, IRE/NICAR

    We'll give three journalists a chance to talk about their data-driven projects. This session will include a closer look at Deadly Delays, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Speeding Cops, Sun Sentinel; and The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings, USA TODAY.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Getting data into Excel

    Speaker: Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein

    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.

    This session will be most useful if: You are familiar with Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Hands-on

    Python: Beyond the basics I

    Speakers: Serdar Tumgoren, Jeremy Bowers

    Are you comfortable with basic data wrangling in Python, but struggling to craft larger programs? This back-to-back session will demonstrate how you can use more advanced features of the Python language -- such as modules, packages and classes -- to tame code complexity and write larger programs with confidence. A solid grasp of Python basics is required, and we recommend bringing your own laptop with your preferred coding environment already installed.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have knowledge of basic Python, including data types, variables, loops, conditionals and functions.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Demo

    You won't believe what static site generators can do for news apps

    Speakers: David Eads, Tyler Fisher, Brian Boyer

    This session will cover two static site generators that have been developed particularly for news: the Chicago Tribune's Tarbell and NPR Visuals' app template. We'll go over how to bootstrap a project on each and the benefits that each generator provides.

    This session is good for: People who want to build static news apps that never go down and are unafraid of the command line.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Panel

    Open data: Practical tips and current issues

    Speakers: Denise Malan, Waldo Jaquith, Julia Keseru

    Hear about the latest open data efforts in the United States and internationally, and participate in a discussion about the biggest obstacles, needs and potential solutions toward making more data open and available for all.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Even more with R

    Speaker: Bill Alpert

    We'll subject my story's data set to cruel and unusual statistical analyses to test the hypothesis that an Elon Musk-backed solar company over-indulged on government subsidies. We'll use R for different regression models, bootstraps and Bayesian analyses, as time permits.

    This session will be most useful: If you've had any experience with statistics, statistics software or programming, you'll be well equipped to point out my mistakes. Please do!

    Stadium 4

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

  • Hands-on

    Lyra: Custom visualization design without programming

    Speaker: Arvind Satyanarayan

    Lyra is an interactive environment that enables custom visualization design without writing any code. Visualizations are built by composing graphical "marks" such as rectangles, arcs, lines, and text. These marks can be bound to data fields using property drop zones; dynamically positioned using connectors; and directly moved, rotated, and resized using handles. Lyra also provides a data pipeline interface for iterative visual specification of data transformations and layout algorithms. Lyra is more expressive than interactive systems like Tableau, allowing designers to create custom visualizations comparable to hand-coded visualizations created using D3 or Processing. These visualizations can then be easily published and reused on the Web.

    Stadium 5

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

  • Panel

    Digging online for global data

    Speakers: Ricardo Brom, Jeffrey Kelly Lowenstein, Jonathan Stoneman

    Looking for data in another country and not sure where to start? This session's for you! We will look at ways of getting to know where the stuff you want is hidden, often in plain sight. And we will have a case study of an investigation from Argentina.

    This session is good for: Those who may not yet have gotten into advanced searching, or scraping. Advanced data users will undoubtedly get new ideas for sites, techniques and resources.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Demo

    The latest from Sunlight

    Speaker: Bill Allison

    Developers and journalists from the Sunlight Foundation offer an in-depth look at tools like Scout, which allows users to track subjects across an array of federal legislative and regulatory information; Ad Hawk, a Shazam-like app for political ads; and RealTimeFEC, which parses campaign finance data on the fly. Learn how they were built and how to use them.

    **Speakers will include Sunlight Foundation staff

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Python: Beyond the basics II

    Speakers: Jeremy Bowers, Serdar Tumgoren

    **Please note: This is a continuation of Python: Beyond the basics I.

    Are you comfortable with basic data wrangling in Python, but struggling to craft larger programs? This back-to-back session will demonstrate how you can use more advanced features of the Python language -- such as modules, packages and classes -- to tame code complexity and write larger programs with confidence. A solid grasp of Python basics is required, and we recommend bringing your own laptop with your preferred coding environment already installed.

    This session will be most helpful if: You have knowledge of basic Python, including data types, variables, loops, conditionals and functions.

    Stadium 3

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

  • Panel

    When to scrape: Tools and techniques

    Speakers: Nils Mulvad, Janet Roberts

    Scraping data: Freeing the data you find on the web and making it work for you, your way. We'll talk about when you should scrape data from the web, different ways to do it and how scraping can help you repackage, analyze and offer up data automatically and in compelling ways.

    This session is good for: Journalists who want to understand how to harness the huge stores of data available to us on the web.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    Data deep dives (part 2)

    Speakers: Ryan McNeill, Ted Mellnik, Jodi Upton, Jaeah Lee

    **Moderated by Jodi Upton, USA TODAY

    We'll give three journalists a chance to talk about their data-driven projects. This session will include a closer look at The Child Exchange, Reuters; Washington: A world apart, The Washington Post; and interactives from Mother Jones.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    Make dirty data shine with OpenRefine (repeat)

    Speaker: Roberto Rocha

    Got a big data set that's full of dirty data? OpenRefine to the rescue! In a few easy steps, you'll have polished data in no time. And it's free. OpenRefine is more powerful than a spreadsheet, more interactive and visual than scripting, more provisional/exploratory/experimental/playful than a database. A hands-on workshop. No programming required.

    Prerequisite: Some spreadsheet familiarity.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    Cross-platform collaboration for data projects

    Speakers: Lorie Hearn, Josh Kleinbaum, John Walton, Pamela Dempsey

    **Moderated by Pam Dempsey, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

    Collaborations are all about compromise, innovation and making deadlines. Hear from panelists as they discuss how they were able to weave many elements into impactful data-driven stories told through various mediums.

    This session is good for: Learning the tricks and tips to making your cross-platform collaborations a success. New to collaborations? Join us to learn why you want to try this in your own newsroom.

    Salon BC

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

  • Outside Event

    Static vs. Dynamic: It's time for the super-friendly cage match you've been waiting for!

    Jeff Larson and Scott Klein of ProPublica believe that defaulting to static architecture limits the scope of news applications and decreases the quality of their journalism. Jeremy Bowers and Chris Groskopf of NPR respectfully disagree. Join us for an audience-friendly debate that finally gets to the heart of this contentious issue.

    Ryan Pitts has agreed to be the moderator.

    And here's the official debate resolution:

    Resolved: Defaulting to static architecture limits the scope of news applications and decreases the quality of their journalism.

    We'll be doing an Oxford-style debate which looks roughly like this:

    Informal audience vote #1, tallied by the moderator. Choices: Pro, con, undecided.

    Jeff Larson, ProPublica: 5 minutes

    Ryan asks Jeff one question: 1 minute

     

    Jeremy Bowers, NPR: 5 minutes

    Ryan asks Jeremy one question: 1 minute

     

    Scott Klein, ProPublica: 5 minutes

    Ryan asks Scott one question: 1 minute

     

    Chris Groskopf, NPR: 5 minutes

    Ryan asks Chris one question: 1 minute

     

    Up to 20 minutes of audience questions for the speakers.

    Note: Ryan can ask questions if the audience doesn't. Answers should be less than 45 seconds. Ryan can just be cheeky if the audience isn't helping. Ideally, there would be nearby beers to spur this along.

    Informal audience vote #2, tallied by the moderator. Choices: Pro, con, undecided.

    Finally, the rebuttal/round-up speeches.

    Jeremy Bowers, NPR: 3 minutes

    Jeff Larson, ProPublica: 3 minutes

    Chris Groskopf, NPR: 3 minutes

    Scott Klein, ProPublica: 3 minutes

     

    Informal audience vote #3, tallied by the moderator. Choices: Pro, con, undecided.

    And then it's over! There's no winner or loser.

    Lobby bar

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 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, the large selection of titles we carry will certainly include your interests. The winner of the IRE T-shirt contest will be displayed and on sale. 

    University Ballroom

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

  • Panel

    Where do you want to go: Career roundtable

    Speakers: Anthony DeBarros, Ellen Gabler, Sisi Wei, Megan Luther, Lea Thompson

    **Moderated by Ellen Gabler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    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 and join us for a discussion of the skills that will help you progress.

    This session is good for: Journalists of all levels who want to take their career to the next level or those looking to change direction. Hear tips on how to make it happen and ask for advice on your own path.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Demo

    Advanced searching techniques

    Speakers: Acton Gorton

    Learn to apply a systematic approach to finding specific information using the Google and Lexis-Nexis. The workshop will include an overview of key concepts and a walk-through of an audience volunteered search. The overview will cover basics of word stemming, word truncation, word proximity, wildcards, controlled vocabularies and free-text methodologies. The walk-through will demonstrate Google's "Fuzzy" search options, in addition to using Lexis-Nexis for newspaper and document retrieval.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Demo

    How to deal with millions of documents without losing your mind (and time)

    Speaker: Sebastian Mondial

    Let's steal the best practices from computer forensics and apply them to do better data journalism: Learn how to deal with thousands to millions of documents without loosing your mind (or the data) in them. Find out how to spot odd information, hidden file-types and other artifacts. Get an overview about the software and hardware you need for different tasks.

    Chesapeake

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

  • Hands-on

    Intro to Fusion Tables

    Speakers: Tim Henderson

    Welcome to Google Fusion Tables. In this hands-on introduction to the free online tool you'll learn how to import and combine data, do simple analysis and easily turn that into an online map. We'll explore using Fusion Table as a toolbox for reporting and online storytelling.

    This session will be most useful if: You've ever used a spreadsheet and you have a Google account. Please note that this class is very similar to Fusion Tables for Beginners Friday morning.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    Census I: Must-have data for every beat

    Speakers: Paul Overberg, Ronald Campbell, Mike Maciag

    Census data spawns its own stories, but it's also the denominator on every beat. Learn the annual schedule and what kind of stories -- breaking and enterprise -- you can do with each release. Hear a reporter explain his own stories. We'll also do '20 in 20':Use 20 minutes to review at least 20 stories done by local journalists like you.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Hands-on

    Installation party

    Many conference sessions cover tools and applications that are open source and available to journalists for free. During this extended session we invite you to bring your laptop and we'll help you get set up with the tools you've heard about and are itching to try out. We will rely on volunteers to help out, so what you're able to  install and how long it takes will depend on demand. Remember also that you must have administrative privileges on your machine; if you're blocked from these privileges, we won't be able to override that.

    Salon A

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

  • Panel

    Tools for Social Network Analysis investigations

    Speakers: Miranda Mulligan, Rich Gordon

    Join the team from Northwestern U. Knight Lab for a practical, participatory session that will help you incorporate design thinking methodologies into building tools for social network analysis investigations. Plus, help design and develop ideas for new tools while learning more about the Lab's Untangled project. This workshop is designed for beginners and will introduce some intermediate terminology. All welcome: writers, researchers, editors, designers, developers, educators, etc.

    Salon BC

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

  • Hands-on

    Mini Boot Camp - Sunday

    Kickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases with IRE's proven techniques.

    IRE's experienced 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.

    See printed schedule for room information

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

  • Outside Event

    NICAR/Newseum News Apps Archiving Hack Day

    With news nerds from around the country visiting Baltimore for NICAR, we thought it'd be a great chance to gather folks for some hands-on work after the conference. The Newseum in DC was kind enough to offer to host this event. Our goal is to create an end to-end approach for archiving data journalism projects. This day will serve as a planning day for a fuller hackathon at the Newseum in March 2014. Before the event: contribute ideas of projects to archive and archival technology to explore. At the event: Split into groups to further assess projects and tech. End goal: identify three projects or design challenges to focus on.Registration is free, sign up here.

    See more and contribute at https://wiki.mozilla.org/OpenNews/hackdays/archive.

    This event is co-sponsored by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews (@opennews), the Newseum (@newseum), and Pop Up Archive (@popuparchive). 

    See printed schedule for room information

    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Hands-on

    Data cleaning in Excel

    Speaker: Liz Lucas

    How often do we get tidy data that's ready for analysis? Pretty much never. Thankfully we've got time-honored strategies and Excel formulas to help clean that data up. We';ll cover things like IF statements, string functions and, most importantly, the "data-cleaning state of mind."

    This session will be most useful if: You are familiar with basic formulas in Excel or another spreadsheet program.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Demo

    Build your bot army

    Speakers: Joe Kokenge, Abraham Epton, Brian Abelson

    What is a Twitterbot? How and why you should build one for your newsroom...or just for fun!

    This session is good for: Anyone curious about accessing and manipulating the Twitter API.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Special Event

    OpenElections hackathon

    The OpenElections team is organizing a hackathon. We’re looking for coders as well as anyone interested in helping out, and spending the day with our team. Here’s how you can be involved:

    Track one: Build Our Interface Help us build the first draft of a public-facing map-based interface for OpenElections. The map will show the status of the project metadata and data acquisition, as well as scraper development. In the finished version, the interface will also give users access to results data.

    Track two: Election Results Data Scraper Development Help us extend our core scraper architecture to create a series of custom scrapers that account for the idiosyncrasies in how each state structures data, stores it, and makes it available.

    Track three: Documentation and Use Cases Help us flesh out the guides that articulate all of the processes volunteers need to know to work with us, as well as the documentation that other developers will need in order to build on our work. Also, or alternately, come by and give us your use cases! We will be collecting descriptions of how all kinds of journalists use elections data now, and how you would like OpenElections to work for you.

    Your time and expertise would be most appreciated either all or part of the day. RSVP to sschnadt.projects@gmail.com

    Chesapeake

    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

  • Panel

    Census II: Going beyond the basics

    Speakers: Paul Overberg, Ronald Campbell

    Be prepared to say “I didn’t know you could do that” as we explore more advanced census data and tools. Learn how microdata is the secret sauce that lets you create a custom recipe of census data. Tour the growing ecosystem of tools and data around the American Community Survey. And learn how to do some new tricks, like how to count adult children living with their parents in your town.

    Grand Ballroom West

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

  • Panel

    Web tools, tips and tricks for investigations

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell, Mark Horvit

    The web is teeming with useful tools and applications to help you do your job faster and better. In this session we'll show you how to harness this power to boost your journalism and set you apart from the pack.

    This session is good for: Those who want to find online resources for reporting and analyzing data. This session may be more suitable for beginner to intermediate data users.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Panel

    What's the deal with data science?

    Speakers: Chase Davis, Mark Hansen

    Data science is a term that escapes easy definition. Its part data cleaning and analysis, not unlike computer-assisted reporting. But depending who you ask, it can also include statistics, data visualization, machine learning, natural language processing and other skills you don't typically find in the newsroom. This panel will talk about how stealing a page from data science can help solve new and interesting problems in journalism.

    This session is good for: Anyone interested in learning what to learn next. No technical background required.

    Grand Ballroom East

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

  • Demo

    Feel like you're hacking without really doing it

    Speaker: Samantha Sunne

    We're going to hijack some tools for web developers (Firebug, JavaScript console, etc.) and use them for journalism. Trace the origin of a photograph, download a video, scrape a table, uncover personal information and more, all within a couple of minutes and without having to learn any code first.

    Salon DEF

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

  • Hands-on

    A tour of IRE and NICAR (Make the most of your membership)

    Don't let your IRE membership go to waste! Come to this informal session to see all the ways IRE and NICAR can help you. We'll discuss resources, training and special member benefits.

    This session is good for: Anyone.

    Stadium 4

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

  • Panel

    Census III: Mapping and presentation

    Speakers: John Keefe, Chris Amico

    Learn how to find the Census data you need and then visualize it -- quickly for you and your colleagues and then more beautifully for publication.

    This session is good for: People who have a basic understanding of what data is available from the Census but haven't yet put those numbers on a map.

    Grand Ballroom West

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