Confused by the 2010 Census? Not sure of the difference between the decennial census and the annual American Community Survey? Worried about data issues? Looking for fresh census story ideas? If so, the 2011 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference has you covered. If you haven’t registered, you have until noon (CST) on Monday, Feb. 14, to register online. During the Feb. 24-27 conference in Raleigh, N.C., we will offer six census training opportunities, including a special track on Thursday afternoon:

Thursday, Feb. 24 2-2:50 p.m. – American Community Survey: Mining the every-year census

  • Robert Gebeloff, The New York Times
  • Paul Overberg, USA Today

3-3:50 p.m. – Census 2010: Story ideas for the big national count

  • Steve Doig, Arizona State University
  • Burt Hubbard, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network

4-4:50 p.m. – Navigating the new American FactFinder for census data

  • Ron Campbell, Orange County Register

Friday, Feb. 25 10-10:50 a.m. – Strip-mining the Census: Digging deep with PUMS

  • Ron Campbell, Orange County Register
  • Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee

Saturday, Feb. 26 9-9:50 a.m. – The Census: What can you do now?

  • Steve Doig, Arizona State University
  • Paul Overberg, USA Today

11-11:50 a.m. – Downloading and analyzing Census data

  • Ron Campbell, Orange County Register

The full schedule includes all panels and other sessions.