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Thursday at the 2015 CAR Conference

IRE welcomed the 2015 CAR Conference Knight Scholars, a group of journalism students from historically black colleges and universities, with a luncheon Thursday. Students talked with a group of professional journalists, including Corey Johnson of The Marshall Project. The Knight Scholars will be contributing to the CAR Conference Blog.




Attendees also packed hands-on classes that covered everything from Twitter to Excel and Python. Pictured below: Serdar Tumgoren, from the Associated Press, looks over some code with Pierre Andersson from Accent, in the Intermediate/Advanced Python course on Thursday, March 5, in Atlanta at NICAR 2015.  



Photos by Travis Hartman

NICAR15 schedule updates and changes

Welcome to the 2015 CAR Conference! Please see below changes to the schedule and other notes. For the most up-to-date schedule and description information, be sure to visit the conference website or app.



New dates and times are listed below 



Kimono: An easier way to scrape the web

Originally scheduled for Friday at 3:20 p.m.


Data behind the news

Originally scheduled for Friday at 3:20 p.m.



View the online schedule or use our mobile app to get session descriptions


NICAR Commons: Conversations - Facilitation training

Thursday from 9-10 a.m. in International ...

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Welcome to the 2015 CAR Conference!

The 2015 CAR Conference begins this week. Below are a few bits of information to help you prepare for this great conference!

For the latest up-to-date information about panels, speakers and special events at the conference, please visit our conference website.

Hotel Information

The conference is taking place at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, GA, 30303. 

There are several options for getting from the airport to the Marriott. For those interested, the MARTA runs from the airport to the hotel. For details, go here.   We also have discounted airport transportation through Super Shuttle. Details on that ...

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Eat and drink like a local at NICAR15 in Atlanta

We’ve been reaching out to Atlanta-area journalists and compiling their suggestions on what to eat and drink during NICAR15. We've heard back about grungy little spots for late-night eats, beer bars with endless taps, tapas and live music.

What follows is a big ol' compilation, separated by neighborhood and proximity to the conference hotel. Some of these suggestions came up over and over. Others, we’ll call "sleepers."

Read through, then join in the conversation by leaving your favorite Atlanta spots in the comments or tweeting them with the hashtag #NICAR15.

Little Five Points (3 miles east of ...

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IRE Radio Podcast: Killed by the Cops

How many times a year do police kill people? And what happens to officers after they fire a fatal shot? Those were just some of the questions prompted by the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York. On this episode of the IRE Radio Podcast we’ll be talking to some of the journalists working to answer those questions.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Rob Barry and Coulter Jones walk through how they found and reported on a problem with the FBI’s system for tracking police killings. The story ran in the Wall Street ...

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Behind the Story: How the WSJ uncovered a flawed system of reporting police killings

Rob Barry (left) and Coulter Jones (right)

Rob Barry and Coulter Jones set out to analyze police killings, not poke holes in the system that tracks them.

But when their sources started questioning the way they’d looked at the numbers – questioning, really, the numbers themselves – the two decided there was a more fundamental issue to be explored.

Their December report for the Wall Street Journal found that the FBI’s national tally of police killings didn’t include hundreds of such incidents from the six-year period they examined. Barry and Jones received information from 105 of the largest police ...

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Arrest, conviction data shed light on repeat drunken drivers in Wisconsin

The I-Team created an interactive visualization showing OWIs in each county.

Consistently named as the state with the highest number of binge drinkers in the nation, alcohol is tightly woven through Wisconsin’s culture. Drinking and driving, despite the many programs aimed at educating drivers about its dangers, is widespread, and Wisconsin remains the only state in the nation where first-time driving while intoxicated is not a crime.

Impaired driving has been the subject of many investigative projects over the years throughout the state, but the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team chose to narrow its focus considerably in November when ...

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Don't miss our new NICAR15 spotlight series

New for NICAR15: We're offering a series of spotlight sessions introducing journalists to expertise from other fields. Hear from the former lead data visualizer for NASA, a professor who will help you think differently about math and a sociologist who analyzed the impact of social media during the Arab Spring. We're hoping these sessions help you discover practical tools and concepts that can help you push the limits, dig deeper and tell better stories. We're excited about our lineup of speakers and you can read about them below.

Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics ...
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Tell us which hands-on classes you don't want to miss at NICAR15

NICAR15 will offer a record number of hands-on classes throughout the conference in eight classrooms. You'll find topics ranging from introductory tutorials in data analysis to advanced sessions on programming in more than 100 classes. These classes are first come, first served and tend to fill up quickly.

This year, to help with the demand, we're trying something new: We've created a survey to help gauge interest in various classes. If you're planning on attending the conference in Atlanta March 5-8 we'd like you to take a few minutes and complete the survey to tell ...

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Census data disproves long-standing mass migration myth in Indiana

The Journal & Coureir used U.S. Census data to look at migration between Chicago and Tippecanoe County.

In recent decades, the population of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, has grown dramatically – moving the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette from comfortable small Midwestern towns to Indiana’s sixth largest metropolitan area.

Fueled by the accompanying uptick in crime and diversity, a common perception among locals holds that an influx of low-income black families displaced by Chicago’s Plan for Transformation (the dismantlement of public housing high rises) has flooded Tippecanoe with populations that bring crime and strain social services. As a result ...

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