Techraking <=10: Bootstrapping the News (Sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Corey of Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post; Eric Sagara of Big Local News
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 1:00pm
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

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 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.

Additional details including the schedule for the workshop can be found on the conference website.

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Speaker Bios

  • Michael Corey is Reveal's Senior Data Editor. He leads a team of data journalists who distill large datasets into compelling and easily understandable stories using the tools of journalism, statistics and programming. My specialties include mapping, the U.S.-Mexico border, scientific data and working with remote sensing.

  • Eric Sagara is a visiting senior data journalist with the Big Local News Project and part of the JSK Fellowships Impact Partnership with Big Local News. He was the senior data reporter for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting prior to coming to Stanford. He was also a news applications fellow at ProPublica and prior to that was a reporter on The Newark Star-Ledger’s data team. 

  •  Aaron Williams is a reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. @aboutaaron

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