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2015 CAR Conference mobile app available for download

The 2015 CAR Conference app is now available through Guidebook!

We encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the 2015 CAR Conference. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general show info.

The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below:

  • Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace, tap download guides, search for ...
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2015 Lightning Talk winners announced

Thanks to everyone who pitched and voted on the 2015 Lightning Talks. Here are the talks we’ll be hearing Friday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. You can read more about them on our Lightning Talks page.

  • The end of maps, in 7 charts — Darla Cameron
  • Beautiful Satellite Images in 5 Minutes — Jeff Larson
  • 10 Things I Hate About You — Lily Mihalik and Anthony Pesce
  • Stop trying to multitask. You’re terrible at it. — Chris Canipe
  • 5 data visualizations - each in 5 lines or less of R code — Sharon Machlis
  • Seven awesome features you will want in your ...
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Conversations Before Lunch at NICAR15

By David Eads, NPR

Citizens of NICAR!

I'm happy to announce that Erika Owens and I are curating a conversation track at NICAR 2015. We will hold safe, structured small-group conversations about fascinating subjects ThursdayFriday, and Saturday morning in Atlanta.

Learn more or pitch a session at

Our goal is to create a safe, diverse space at NICAR for conversations that aren't well-suited to the traditional experts-in-front-of-a-crowd format. We want to have a space for conversations about important stories, about issues like industry pay and discrimination, and for birds of a ...

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Vote for the Lightning Talks you want to see in Atlanta

Lightning Talks 2014 | Photo by Travis Hartman

Thanks to everyone who submitted a Lighting Talk idea for the 2015 CAR Conference. Now it’s time to narrow the more than 50 ideas down to the 10 talks we'll hear in Atlanta. Go online and vote for your favorite proposals. The polls close at 11:59 pm (Eastern) on Feb. 22.

What are Lightning Talks? Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on topics wide and varied. NICAR attendees can submit and vote on the talks, and the 10 with the most votes will be presented on Friday, March 6 at 4 ...

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Members to vote at CAR Conference to give student members voting rights

There will be a brief membership meeting at the Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Atlanta to vote on several changes to the Articles of Incorporation.

The first of these changes IRE's rules to allow student members to vote. Currently students and associate members do not have voting rights. IRE's Board of Directors met in June and voted unanimously to extend voting rights to students. That change must be approved by membership to be enacted.

The next redefines what a "professional member" is, to better reflect the way the news business has changed and crucial new roles have been created ...

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Join us for Excel Español at the 2015 CAR Conference!

This three-hour hands-on workshop teaches journalists, in Spanish, how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more. Learn from fluent teachers how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Seating is limited.

Registration is $35 and the class will take place Sunday, March 5 from 9 am to noon. To register, click here.

The workshop is free for those attendees already registered for the full CAR Conference, but please contact to register for Excel Espa ...

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Acompáñenos en el curso de Excel en Español en la Conferencia CAR 2015!

Excel en Español

Domingo, 8 de marzo

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Atlanta Marriott Marquis

265 Peachtree Center Ave NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Este taller práctico de tres horas se dictará en español y enseñará a periodistas cómo utilizar el programa Excel, una hoja de cálculo electrónica la cual es una herramienta importante para agilizar la entrega de reportajes del periodismo que cubre presupuestos, salarios, elecciones y más.

Se aprenderá cómo usar el Internet a profundidad y cómo encontrar datos valiosos para su reportajes.  Asientos limitados.

La inscripción ...

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Seeking ideas for CAR 2015 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are back for CAR 2015 in Atlanta!

Got an idea for a talk? Pitch your idea by Feb. 15 at

Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on topics wide and varied. NICAR attendees can submit and vote on the talks, and the 10 with the most votes will be presented on Friday, March 6 at 4:30 pm.

Need some inspiration? Watch the 2013 and 2014 Lightning Talks.

Still not convinced? Read this piece by 2015 Lighting Talks moderator Sisi Wei.

A note for Lightning Talk veterans: We've added a new rule about the number ...

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Sign up for special training at the 2015 CAR Conference

If you’re planning on attending the 2015 CAR Conference make sure to check out the special workshops and training opportunities that require pre-registration. You can learn more about each of these events by visiting our Special Training page, but here's a look at some of our offerings.


Techraking 10 <=: Bootstrapping the News

Sponsor: The Center for Investigative Reporting

When: Wednesday, March 4 from 1-5 pm

Cost: $50

What: 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 ...

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Don't miss our new NICAR15 spotlight series

New for NICAR15: We're offering a series of spotlight sessions introducing journalists to expertise from other fields. Hear from the former lead data visualizer for NASA, a professor who will help you think differently about math and a sociologist who analyzed the impact of social media during the Arab Spring. We're hoping these sessions help you discover practical tools and concepts that can help you push the limits, dig deeper and tell better stories. We're excited about our lineup of speakers and you can read about them below.

Jordan Ellenberg is Professor of Mathematics ...
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