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Finalists selected, second round of voting begins for 2015 NICAR T-shirt

Thanks to everyone who voted for the 2015 CAR Conference T-shirt. We had such a close race for first place that we’ve decided to hold a second round of voting limited to the four shirts that received the most votes.

You have until Sunday, December 14 to vote for your favorite design.


Entry 4:


Entry 14:


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Entry 17:

Updated data on home mortgage applications now available from NICAR

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) database has just been updated in the NICAR Data Library. Loan application records for 2013 are now available. 

What's in it?

This Act requires all banks, savings and loans, savings banks and credit unions with assets of more than $33 million and offices in metropolitan areas to report mortgage applications. Each loan record contains demographic information about loan applicants, including race, gender and income; the purpose of the loan (i.e. home purchase or improvement); whether the buyer intends to live in the home; the type of loan (i.e. conventional, FHA insured ...

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NICAR Conference to offer more Sunday classes

While you're making your plans to head to the 2015 NICAR Conference in Atlanta, we don't want you to overlook Sunday, March 8. As part of our response to the growing demand for hands-on classes, we plan to offer more Sunday morning classes than ever before. For example, we'll have this three-hour workshop designed and taught by Ben Welsh of the Los Angeles Times:

Just Enough Django: Distributed data entry in the newsroom - Ben Welsh presents a step-by-step guide to creating a simple web application that empowers you to enlist reporters in data entry and refinement. The ...

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Vote now for the 2015 NICAR T-shirt

NICAR received 21 submissions for its annual T-shirt contest, and voting is now open!

Voting will stay open for about two weeks, ending Sunday, Nov. 2 at midnight. The proposal with the most votes will be sold as a T-shirt at the upcoming CAR Conference, March 5-8, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Runners-up will be sold as laptop stickers. Votes will be tallied shortly after voting closes.

The designer of the winning T-shirt also gets a free shirt and $50 in the IRE Store.

Visit the contest page to view the designs and vote.

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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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.

If ...

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Updated FBI Uniform Crime Reports now available

The NICAR Database Library has updated the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, one of the best resources for national crime statistics. The most current reports are for 2012.


Law enforcement agencies around the countr​y ​​voluntarily* submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in both the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and by month. Geographic ...

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How to sell your boss on sending you to the CAR Conference

Trying to get your boss to send you to the upcoming CAR Conference in Baltimore? Try these suggestions, courtesty of your colleagues on the NICAR listserv.

  • "Our competitors will have people there, and they will ultimately use the skills they learn to publish stories we wish we had." - Matthew Doig, Newsday
  • "If your bosses have ever had a question they couldn't solve without some data crunching ("I wonder how many felons have hunting licenses?" "I wish we knew how to figure out who owns the most property in the county." "What's the most popular registered dog name?") this ...
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Students: Spend the summer at IRE

Attention journalism students!

This is a reminder that IRE and the NICAR Database Library will once again be hosting a Google Journalism Fellow over the summer. Our fellow will have opportunities to work with national datasets, mine for stories, use our data to create online visualizations or help us promote open source tools for journalists.

Apply here by January 31. We want applicants with a passion for investigative reporting, who have some experience with data and who are eager to learn more.

The Google Journalism Fellowship is 10 weeks long and starts with a week at Google in Mountain View ...

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