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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 https://etherpad.mozilla.org/NICAR2015-conversations

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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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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Be the next Google Journalism Fellow at IRE

IRE will host its third Google Journalism Fellow this summer and the application process is open until January 31. Apply now!

The Google Journalism Fellowship program lasts for 10 weeks during the summer, the first of which is spent at Google headquarters. Fellows stay with various host organizations and work on projects related to data-driven journalism, news apps, online free expression and the business side of journalism. 

IRE is looking for a student with a passion for investigative reporting and some experience with data. If you have a particular topic you'd like to tackle, we want to hear about ...

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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.


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Updated data on home mortgage applications now available from NICAR

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) database has just been updated in the NICAR Data Library. Loan application records for 2013 are now available. 

What's in it?

This Act requires all banks, savings and loans, savings banks and credit unions with assets of more than $33 million and offices in metropolitan areas to report mortgage applications. Each loan record contains demographic information about loan applicants, including race, gender and income; the purpose of the loan (i.e. home purchase or improvement); whether the buyer intends to live in the home; the type of loan (i.e. conventional, FHA insured ...

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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.

Suggest a database and help expand the NICAR Data Library

NICAR is looking to add new data sets to its collection, and we're interested in your suggestions. We're looking for national, multi-state, or multi-country data sets that are potentially valuable to reporters and are not easily accessible. Our goal is to enable access to and use of important data, and we need help identifying targets for that goal. To that end, we will be gathering and vetting suggestions on a rolling basis. If you have a data set in mind, please use the form linked here and give us as much information as you can about it: https ...

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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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