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When nerds and words collide

In 1999, Nora Paul organized a gathering at The Poynter Institute of a group of journalists who were on the cutting edge of computer-assisted reporting at the time.

The result was a short book titled "When Nerds and Words Collide," featuring chapters from many leaders in data-driven journalism. It also details the beginning of what is now the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting.

1989 was a watershed moment for CAR, Paul writes, but a decade later progress on some fronts had stalled. The issues raised by these journalists nearly 15 years ago are many of the same ones facing journalists ...

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Remembering journalist Richard Ben Cramer

Richard Ben Cramer, a journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 as a foreign correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer, died this week from complications of lung cancer. Cramer's writing career spanned politics and sports, and in addition to the Inquirer his work appeared in magazines such as Esquire and Rolling Stone. Cramer authored several books, including What It Takes: The Way to the White House, an in-depth look at the 1988 presidential election.

This week, IRE pulled a 1991 Esquire story by Richard Ben Cramer from its archives:

George Bush: How He Got Here
"A life of ease ...

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CAR through the ages

There's been talk of a couple books IRE put out back in the early 90's titled 101 (and later 100) Computer-assisted reporting stories.

Sadly, there's only one copy of each here at the home office, both of which we'd like to keep for our archives. However, all of the story questionnaires that are featured in the books are now available online, for free, to all members. To search the archives of these old CAR stories, as well as most of the 25,000 plus other stories in our library, go here.