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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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Tell us which hands-on classes you don't want to miss at NICAR15

NICAR15 will offer a record number of hands-on classes throughout the conference in eight classrooms. You'll find topics ranging from introductory tutorials in data analysis to advanced sessions on programming in more than 100 classes. These classes are first come, first served and tend to fill up quickly.

This year, to help with the demand, we're trying something new: We've created a survey to help gauge interest in various classes. If you're planning on attending the conference in Atlanta March 5-8 we'd like you to take a few minutes and complete the survey to tell ...

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Winning T-shirt selected for NICAR 2015

The votes are in and the 2015 NICAR T-shirt has been selected!

The winner is a blue T-shirt with "I CODE LIKE A JOURNALIST." The winning design comes from defending champion Jeremy Bowers of The New York Times.

Bowers' design will be on sale at the 2015 CAR Conference in Atlanta and the IRE store. In addition, Jeremy will receive $50 to use in the IRE Store and a free T-shirt.

Lena Groeger of ProPublica came in second place with her design featuring locations of past NICAR conferences. You’ll be able to buy her design as a sticker.

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Sign up for mentoring at the CAR Conference in Atlanta

Please note: This program is currently full. Please fill out this form if you'd like to be added to the waiting list. We'll contact you if a spot becomes available.

It’s time to sign up for mentoring at the CAR Conference in Atlanta, where IRE will offer in-depth coaching on data-driven investigative reporting techniques, news applications and tools. IRE is one of the largest networks of journalists in the country, and many experienced reporters, editors and developers are willing to share their vast knowledge.

These private, one-on-one sessions allow conference attendees to seek advice on challenging reporting ...

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Finalists selected, second round of voting begins for 2015 NICAR T-shirt

Thanks to everyone who voted for the 2015 CAR Conference T-shirt. We had such a close race for first place that we’ve decided to hold a second round of voting limited to the four shirts that received the most votes.

You have until Sunday, December 14 to vote for your favorite design.

FINALISTS

Entry 4:

 

Entry 14:

 

Entry 16:

 

Entry 17:

Learn about Tapestry, the data storytelling conference

Heading to NICAR 2015? Consider coming early for Tapestry, the data storytelling conference. Tapestry is a one-day, invitation-only conference that brings together journalists, academics and designers to discuss the evolving field of data storytelling. This year’s event includes keynotes by Hannah Fairfield of the New York Times, Kim Rees of Periscopic: Do Good With Data, and Michael Austin of Newman University, author of Useful Fictions. Short stories, demo sessions and posters complete the day. 

Tapestry will be held in Athens on Wednesday, March 4th (with a welcome reception the evening before, March 3rd). Transportation will be provided ...

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NICAR Conference to offer more Sunday classes

While you're making your plans to head to the 2015 NICAR Conference in Atlanta, we don't want you to overlook Sunday, March 8. As part of our response to the growing demand for hands-on classes, we plan to offer more Sunday morning classes than ever before. For example, we'll have this three-hour workshop designed and taught by Ben Welsh of the Los Angeles Times:

Just Enough Django: Distributed data entry in the newsroom - Ben Welsh presents a step-by-step guide to creating a simple web application that empowers you to enlist reporters in data entry and refinement. The ...

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Vote now for the 2015 NICAR T-shirt

NICAR received 21 submissions for its annual T-shirt contest, and voting is now open!

Voting will stay open for about two weeks, ending Sunday, Nov. 2 at midnight. The proposal with the most votes will be sold as a T-shirt at the upcoming CAR Conference, March 5-8, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Runners-up will be sold as laptop stickers. Votes will be tallied shortly after voting closes.

The designer of the winning T-shirt also gets a free shirt and $50 in the IRE Store.

Visit the contest page to view the designs and vote.

Now accepting 2015 CAR Conference T-shirt designs

The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting will once again be selling a T-shirt in celebration of data and the people who love and care for them, which will help raise money for future NICAR training events.

NICAR is currently accepting ideas and designs for T-shirts. We will accept entries up through Sunday, Oct. 19. Send official entries to shirts@ire.org. Only submissions sent to that email will be entered in the contest.

Designs will be posted to the contest page as they are received. Voting will open shortly after we’ve received all entries, near the end of October ...

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Submit session, speaker ideas for NICAR15 in Atlanta

We're gearing up for our annual data journalism conference March 5-8 in Atlanta and want your input to make this the best NICAR yet.

We're accepting session and speaker ideas through September 12. Please submit your ideas using the link below. If you'd rather send them via email, please use confideas@ire.org.

Thanks to all of you who've submitted ideas and attended our conferences in the past. We couldn't do it without you. Your enthusiasm and creativity help us put on amazing events and we can't wait to see your latest ideas.

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