If you’re planning on attending the 2015 CAR Conference make sure to check out the special workshops and training opportunities that require pre-registration. You can learn more about each of these events by visiting our Special Training page, but here’s a look at some of our offerings.

 

Techraking 10 <=: Bootstrapping the News

Sponsor: The Center for Investigative Reporting

When: Wednesday, March 4 from 1-5 pm

Cost: $50

What: Veteran data crunchers and programmers from The Center for Investigative Reporting will give you a virtual playground on your personal laptop that will allow you to explore all the tools you’ll gather throughout the conference. In this four-hour workshop, you’ll learn crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them. (Make sure you check out the required equipment for this training.)

 

Secrets of Covering Money

Sponsor: The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

When: Wednesday, March 4 from 2-5 pm

Cost: Free

What: Money is in every story, from education to politics to metro, sports and entertainment. Learn how to explore the money across many beats. The workshop will be led by Brandon Quester, co-founder and executive director of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to statewide accountability journalism in Arizona. Learn more and register.

 

The following sessions are hosted by Tableau Public, a free tool for journalists. Unless otherwise noted, no previous experience with Tableau is required. Laptops will be provided for all participants. Seats are limited!

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public

When: Thursday, March 5 from 9-10:30 am

Cost: Free, but must be registered for the conference

What: Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You’ll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video.

Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public

When: Thursday, March 5 from 11-12:30 pm

Cost: Free, but must be registered for the conference

What: Analyzing data and coming up interactive visualizations is easy in Tableau but sometimes getting everything looking polished isn’t. In this session you will learn how to break away from the default formatting in Tableau Public to create interactive data graphics that match your style guides and engage your readers.

*Some familiarity with Tableau is recommended

Intro to data stories in Tableau Public

When: Thursday, March 5 from 1:30-3:30 pm

Cost: Free, but must be registered for the conference

What: Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

Advanced calculations and analysis in Tableau Public

When: Thursday, March 5 from 3:30-5 pm

Cost: Free, but must be registered for the conference

What: Learn how to use Tableau to dive deeper into your data and ask powerful questions. We’ll be starting with a “messy” dataset and learn how to explore trends that would normally be difficult to see without further analysis and calculations.