NICAR

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting maintains a library of federal databases, employs journalism students, and trains journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information.

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Search our databases and find the data you need for your investigation

Hire us for data jobs

If you need data cleaned, analyzed or mapped, NICAR can help

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The NICAR Talk blog:

Suggest a database and help expand the NICAR Data Library

NICAR is looking to add new data sets to its collection, and we're interested in your suggestions. We're looking for national, multi-state, or multi-country data sets that are potentially valuable to reporters and are not easily accessible. Our goal is to enable access to and use of important data, and we need help identifying targets for that goal. To that end, we will be gathering and vetting suggestions on a rolling basis. If you have a data set in mind, please use the form linked here and give us as much information as you can about it: https ...

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Five databases at NICAR now offered for free to members

Among some other changes happening at the NICAR Data Library (go here to read more about them), we are now providing five databases for free to IRE members:

Federal Election Commission’s Federal Campaign Contributions, updated weekly, contains campaign contribution information for all candidates seeking federal office and all federal political action committees.  The individual contributions table includes only itemized contributions, meaning those that exceed $200 (note that individual donor addresses are not available in this data).

Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loans are the primary form of federal assistance for non-farm, private-sector disaster losses. This loan program is the ...

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NICAR Data Library releases updated DOE campus crime data

The NICAR Database Library has updated the Department of Education's ​Campus Crime data to include the most recent reports on alleged crime, arrests and discipline reported for 2012.  Buy it here.

 

What's in it?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 are subject to it. The ...

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How to survive your first CAR story

By Jennifer Johnson, The Grand Forks Herald

Spreadsheet programs like Excel have always intimidated me. Sure, I dabbled in them a few times. I pulled up pre-formatted sheets and leafed through them. I used basic formulas and figured out percentages. And I also attended a two-day IRE training with fellow reporters at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, where I'm the education reporter.

Anyone with experience will tell you that the only way to learn a program is by consistent use. Our newsroom had the training in February and by the time I started the project in earnest last ...

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