Use our new simplified fatal accidents database to write holiday stories with impact

We know how busy the end of the year can be, so we’ve put together a simplified database on fatal car accidents to help you produce year-end stories with impact. Our full DOT Fatality Analysis Reporting System database (FARS) has 19 tables and almost 800 columns of detailed information about fatal car accidents. To save…

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Winning T-shirt selected for NICAR 2014

The votes are in and the 2014 NICAR T-shirt has been selected! The winner is a black T-shirt with “DATA OR IT DIDN’T HAPPEN”.  The winning design comes from Jeremy Bowers of NPR.  Bower’s design will be on sale at the 2014 CAR Conference in Baltimore and the IRE store.  In addition, Jeremy will receive…

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La Nacion efforts bring open data to Argentina

After taking an introductory data journalism course, a small group in Argentina set out to transform the way data journalism was done in their country, a country where data was barely updated, let alone public. They fought for open data and analyze it in the public interest. The result of their efforts is La Nacion…

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Behind the Story: Questionable border patrol shootings

In December, Tim Steller, a reporter and now columnist for the Arizona Daily Star, reported on the increasing number of shootings occurring between Border Patrol and illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.  The victims in some cases appear to have been unarmed.  This fact and the lack of transparency in the investigations has cast doubt…

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Knight-Mozilla OpenNews announces 2013 fellows

Knight-Mozilla OpenNews yesterday announced its 2013 class of fellows, who will work as developers and technologists embedded in newsrooms around the world. Fellows spend a year writing code along with reporters, designers and newsroom developers to create new tools for journalism. Fellows for 2013 and their placements include: Brian Abelson, The New York Times Manuel…

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Free tools to tackle almost any task, from data wrangling to photo editing

By Chelsea [email protected] What’s the best thing a reporter can tell their editor about new data tools? They’re F-R-E-E. Anthony DeBarros, senior database editor at USA Today and Matt Stiles of NPR’s news applications team shared their top picks for the latest free tools at IRE 2012’s “Free tools panel.” “Free can be very, very…

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Other blogs to follow: Gannett at IRE

Gannett sent more than 60 journalists from the companies’ various media outlets to attend this year’s conference. Those journalists are sharing their insights on Gannett @ IRE, which includes interviews with speakers and general insights from the conference.  Here are some posts from Thursday: World of Data session I was amazed by how quickly Tisha Thompson…

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How to get data from government agencies for any beat

By Chelsea [email protected] You want to submit a public records request. Where do you start? How do you ask? What if you’re denied? Mike Donoghue, forty-year veteran of The Burlington Free Press, and Ellen Gabler of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shared their tips and experiences during “The Ask: Requesting and Negotiating for Data.” Donoghue’s top…

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New CAR contest for students

Four student journalists will be selected as winners in IRE’s new student computer-assisted reporting contest. The winners will receive free registration to IRE’s Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference on Feb. 24-27 in Raleigh, N.C.; three nights of lodging at the conference hotel; and a slot on a panel. The entry deadline is Jan. 28. The contest is…

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“CAR Day” has something for everyone

We’ve received lots of questions about whether the optional Computer-Assisted Reporting day at the Baltimore conference June 11-14 is suitable for people new to CAR. The answer is “Yes.” The day will serve as a good introduction to the tools and tricks of analyzing electronic information. In addition, hands-on classes Friday through Saturday will give…

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