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

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sisi Wei of OpenNews; 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

  • Tisha is an investigative reporter at ESPN, appearing on Outside the Lines, E:60 and SportsCenter. A member of ESPN's 2019 Peabody Award winning team for "Spartan Secrets,” she also won the 2019 national Gracie Award for Best Online Video Host for espnW’s "Being Believed: A Conversation with Sister Survivors," which also received the 2019 Gold Telly Award for Best Online Talk Show. She’s been a member of IRE/NICAR for more than 20 years.

  • Sisi Wei is the Director of Programs at OpenNews, where she envisions and executes transformative initiatives for journalism, especially for journalists of color and local journalists. Previously, she was Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica where she oversaw and edited news apps, graphics, visual reporting, and investigations. 

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