Map Camp (pre-registered attendees only)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: David Herzog of IRE and NICAR; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Robby Deming of Esri; Brian Peterson of Esri
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 9:00am
  • Location: M109
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp and receive a free copy of ArcGIS Desktop*.

IRE and NICAR trainers conduct this hands-on training using the latest version of ArcView GIS. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. Youíll learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; geocode to merge databases with addresses into maps. Attendees will also learn how ArcGIS Online may help as a storytelling platform. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.  

Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

*Attendees of the bootcamp have the option to receive the following discounts from Esri. (1) A free license of ArcGIS Desktop that will not time out and includes one year call-in technical support and upgrades at no cost. Call-in technical support and upgrades are available on a nominal fee basis in year two. (2) A free one-year subscription to ArcGIS Online that includes access to Esri's Community Analyst database. Please contact the Esri Media Relations team press@esri.com for further information.

Prerequisites: Participants should have experience working with data in a relational database manager, such as Microsoft Access or MySQL.

Attendees must be registered for the conference to attend this workshop.

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • Robby has worked at Esri for 13 years and has worked with reporters and newsrooms for more than five years. In his current role as Media Strategy Manager, Robby helps media organizations and individual journalists tell powerful stories with maps through Esri's media maps program. Whether that's providing data, software, maps, or just support, Robby and the Esri team are available to help however they can.

  • David Herzog is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches data journalism and serves as the NICAR academic adviser. He’s the author of Data Literacy: A User’s Guide (SAGE Publications, 2015) and is helping launch an online M.S. degree in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Missouri. Before teaching, he had nearly 15 years of reporting experience at The Providence Journal, The Baltimore Sun and The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

  • As Esri's media relations manager, Brian Peterson has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, creative services, and advertising. He joined Esri in 2012, after serving as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Fox Cable Television Networks. Prior to working at Fox, Brian spent more than a decade at the National Football League as a senior editor and project manager. He earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. @bcpeterson56

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