Special Training

Techraking <=16: Bootstrapping the News (Sponsored by Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting)

Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.

One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran data crunchers and programmers from Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you’ll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them.

You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you’re back home.

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Beers at 6 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person

Audience size: 50 people

Emcees: Michael Corey, Scott Pham, Eric Sagara

Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet so they are prepared for programming classes at the conference.

Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges

Operating systems: Windows: Version 7 or higher; Mac: OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher. 4 GB of RAM, 10 GB of free hard-drive space.

Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes: VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xbuntu, Bower, csvkit, Django, Fabric, Git, Grunt, Ilene, MySQL, Node.js, NPM, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, Python, QuantumGIS, R, RBENV, Rails, Ruby, SQLite, Tabula, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper

Basic Schedule:

2-6 p.m.

I. Programming: Why should you care?

II. What we’re about to install

III. Installing VirtualBox and Ubuntu

IV. Brief overview of stuff you got with your install

V. Using your new powers
   

A. Updating/installing software with apt
   

B. Navigating the command line
   

C. Working with open-source software
   

D. Version control (git)
   

E. Virtual environments (virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper)
   

F. How to get help

6 p.m.

Beer/mingling (Location: TBD)

 

Reynolds center

10 Great Business Databases to Mine for Stories (Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism)

Free pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, March 9 from 2-5 p.m. Registration for the workshop will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

Data journalist Stephen Doig, the Knight Chair at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will demonstrate 10 data sources you may never have heard of that can lend rich context to your business and economic stories and spark meaningful investigations in this pre-conference workshop, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism on Wednesday, March 9 from 2-5 p.m. 

From ZIP code-level business patterns to foreign trade imports and exports and hospital data, Doig will walk you through seldom-used databases that hold treasures for reporters. You’ll learn what’s in the data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and story ideas that could be developed, and you’ll leave armed with new knowledge and fresh ideas.

Sign up for this free workshop.

Tableau

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, March 10, 9-10:30 a.m.

Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You’ll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other data
  • Create maps and charts
  • Make them interactive
  • Publish them on your site

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, March 10, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Analyzing data and coming up interactive visualizations is easy in Tableau but sometimes getting everything looking polished isn’t. In this session you will learn how to break away from the default formatting in Tableau Public to create interactive data graphics that match your style guides and engage your readers.

We will teach you how to:

  • Change colors, shapes, borders, fonts, and other basic formatting
  • Incorporate images, logos, and other graphic elements
  • Take advantage of advanced interaction techniques to incorporate multimedia
  • Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Finding and telling data stories with Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, March 10, 1:30-3 p.m.

Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other file types
  • Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
  • Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
  • Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention 

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Designing Tableau visualizations for mobile (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, March 10, 3:30-5 p.m.

Are mobile readers of your news site becoming more and more common? If your news organization is like others we’ve worked with, the percent of readers using phones and tablets to read your content is well over half of the overall number, and growing fast. Creating data visualizations for these small form-factors is very challenging. Learn how to use Tableau to create sheets and dashboards that work great, even on phones and tablets.

  • Design considerations, including layout and formatting
  • Dashboard sizing for a range of screen widths
  • Interactivity – filtering and tooltips
  • Options to embed visualizations to respond to reader device

Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.