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I attended an IRE conference for less than $30 and you can too!

By Samantha Sunne

Attending six conferences in three years - mostly as a student - I’ve made something of a tradition of going to IRE conferences on the cheap. There are four components to the cost of a conference, and each can be stripped down as far as you and your comfort level are willing to go. My personal record is $28 for all four components (Boston, IRE, 2012).

1. Travel: Philadelphia makes an easy trip ...

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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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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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Submit session, speaker ideas for NICAR15 in Atlanta

We're gearing up for our annual data journalism conference March 5-8 in Atlanta and want your input to make this the best NICAR yet.

We're accepting session and speaker ideas through September 12. Please submit your ideas using the link below. If you'd rather send them via email, please use confideas@ire.org.

Thanks to all of you who've submitted ideas and attended our conferences in the past. We couldn't do it without you. Your enthusiasm and creativity help us put on amazing events and we can't wait to see your latest ideas.

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A Canadian journalist reflects on the IRE Conference

By Stanley Tromp, IRE member and independent journalist

If anyone thinks that investigative reporting is a sunset profession, this idea was obliterated for me after I attended the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ superlative conference in San Francisco in late June. There, some of the toughest and sharpest investigative reporters in the United States shared their skills, which reporters usually keep hidden, with remarkable generosity at more than 100 panels and workshops.

The speakers taught 1,600 delegates from around the world new ways to investigate the courts, organized crime, government surveillance, health care, college sports, immigration, whistleblowers, clean energy, religion ...

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IRE by Design winners, schedule announced

All of the following pop-up IRE by Design sessions will take place from 4:50 - 5:50 PM. You can find panel descriptions here.

Salon 1-3 | Help shape FOIA reform & join the #FOIAFriday community

Salon 4-6 | Managing your manager and wrangling your calendar

Salon 10-11 | The freelance dilemma: How to get your investigative story made

Salon 12-13 | More investigative interview tips and tactics with Julian Sher

Club Room | Tilling the fields of agribusiness: You should do this. Here's why and how

Nob Hill C | Local public employee salaries: Requesting and analyzing public payroll

Nob Hill D | Web scraping made ...

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11 tips for successfully managing investigative projects

By Stephanie Ebbs

Investigative reporting is time-consuming and managing such laborious, long-term projects is a common concern for reporters and editors. The “Managing and Juggling Investigative Projects” panel addressed some of the ways journalists can incorporate investigative work while “feeding the beast” of daily news.

The panelists came from different types of news media but said time management is a concern across the board. Liz Roldan, news director for WFOR, Miami’s CBS affiliate, brought in the broadcast perspective. Sarah Karp from Catalyst Magazine in Chicago talked about  time management at a digital and print magazine focused on education coverage ...

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