2013 CAR Conference

Python programming for the rest of us 1: Google Fusion Tables - the gateway drug

  • Event: 2013 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ronald Campbell, Chris Schnaars
  • Date/Time: Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m.
  • Location: Kentucky Suite
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This three-part class is designed for data journalists who are comfortable with the basic tools of our craft but intimidated by the "p-word" and think Aron Pilhofer has signed a pact with the devil. We will cover the basics and show you how a little programming can save you hours or days of time and make you look like a genius to your boss. Requirements: a laptop, a Google sign-in and curiosity.

This section of the training: Learn how to manipulate your maps with some easy Python and HTML.


    Ronald Campbell is a data journalist and investigative reporter. He has written extensively about the census, immigration, white-collar crime and the trade in human body parts. He has won the IRE Award and placed third in the Philip Meyer Award. He lives in Orange County, Calif. In his spare time he hikes and rock climbs.

    Chris Schnaars is a database editor, Pythonista and SQL Server ninja at USA TODAY, where he fosters a love for watchdog journalism, particularly with regards to education and campaign-finance data. He's a firm believer in the 99% rule (which he'll gladly debate over the beverage of your choice): most journalists can do 99% of the data journalism work they'll ever need to do armed only with Excel and a text editor. @chrisschnaars

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