Getting started with Access

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Acton Gorton of Chicago Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 11:20am
  • Location: M105
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learning to manipulate data is a bit like learning a new language. Actually, it is a language, called structured query language. This session is an introduction to using SQL to zero in on your data, by viewing slices and chunks of it, and putting it into a useful order so you can spot the stuff you need to get started toward a story.

This session will be most useful if: You have some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

Speaker Bios

  • Acton is a newsroom product engineer for Tribune Publishing, positioned within the Chicago Tribune newsroom. He is also a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign studying in the field of Informatics, specializing in data analytics and information visualization. His research focuses on the use of augmented reality as a medium for data-driven news and as a tool for assisting journalists in their work. Gorton's work has appeared with the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, Morning Call, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting, and CU-CitizenAccess.org.

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