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A love note to NICAR-L

Editor’s note: This post appeared on NICAR-L, an IRE listserv dedicated to computer-assisted reporting techniques. The NICAR list has helped hundreds of journalists tackle technical issues large and small. Be sure to check out this list and its archives as well as all of the other listservs that IRE has to offer.

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

The Baltimore Sun

A few weeks ago, several of you walked me through a data problem that would have been a simple fix for any SQL user but seemed insurmountable to me. I don’t know what I would have done without the CAR-for-dummies solutions provided by Brian Bowling and Clem Henriksen.

So thank you both from the bottom of my heart, and thanks also to the others who offered suggestions that would no doubt have worked if I were more experienced.

Here's the resulting story, which tells the tale of homeowners selling at a loss: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bal-te.bz.loss11oct11,0,5190001.story

I love this list. Thank you all.

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