What the hell is R and all the other questions you’re afraid to ask

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sisi Wei of ProPublica; Tisha Thompson of ESPN
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 5 at 10:10am
  • Location: International 8-9
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Ever wondered what people are talking about at this conference? What exactly is R and why you would want to use it? What is the difference between Ruby, Python and Javascript? And why is there a J in front of Query? Welcome to our no-judgment-starting-at-step-zero session even NICAR vets can use. We'll review tech concepts and jargon you'll likely hear at NICAR this year, explain what they mean, why they're useful and point you to the sessions that can teach you the terms you now understand.

This session is good for: Anyone who has felt lost in the sea of technical terminology.

Speaker Bios

  • @TishaESPN is an investigative reporter for ESPN, appearing on a variety of platforms like Outside the Lines, E:60, SportsCenter, espnW, ESPN FC and espn.com. She previously worked at NBC4 and FOX5 in her hometown of Washington, D.C., with earlier stints in Baltimore, Kentucky and Missouri. She joined IRE when she was 16 years old and credits it with providing her the skills and techniques she used to garner the more than 100 awards and honors she has received.

  • Sisi Wei is news applications developer at ProPublica, where she builds interactive stories that serve the public interest. Previously, she was a Graphics Editor at the Washington Post. She is also the co-founder of Code with me, a high-impact workshop focused on teaching journalists how to code. Sisi graduated from Northwestern University with majors in journalism, philosophy and legal studies. @sisiwei

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