From beginners to programmers, CAR Conference offers robust lineup

Journalists across the data spectrum – from beginners to sophisticated programmers – will find plenty of sessions to boost their watchdog power during the national CAR Conference. No other journalism conference provides the scope and depth of hands-on software training available each year at the CAR Conference. Beginners can learn how to crunch numbers in…

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NICAR Dictionary: A guide to the sessions, classes and events

Looking at the CAR Conference schedule can be a little overwhelming. With so many classes, panels and special events taking place, we thought it might be helpful to put together a short guide to help everyone navigate the world of NICAR. In alphabetical order: Conference app: The CAR Conference app will be available through Guidebook,…

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Vote now for the 2017 NICAR T-shirt

NICAR received some great designs for its annual T-shirt contest, and voting is now open!  Voting will stay open for about one week, ending Sunday, Feb. 5 at midnight. The proposal with the most votes will be sold as a T-shirt at the upcoming CAR Conference, March 2-5 in Jacksonville. Runners-up will be sold as laptop…

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Seeking ideas for NICAR 2017 Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are back for the 2017 CAR Conference in Jacksonvile. Pitch your ideas at lightningtalks.ire.org by Feb. 12.  What are lightning talks? 5 minute talks on any subject. Anyone who is attending NICAR 2017 can pitch and the attendees vote on the talks they want to see. The 10 talks with the most votes will be presented during NICAR.…

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Tell us which hands-on classes you don’t want to miss at NICAR17

We hope you’re joining us in Jacksonville, March 2-5, for the 2017 CAR Conference. We want to hear which hands-on classes you’re most excited to attend. Consider taking our survey to help us plan repeat sessions. We’ll keep the survey open through Sunday, Jan. 29. At that time, we’ll tally the votes to help us plan repeats…

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Send in your entries for the 2017 NICAR T-shirt contest

Earn bragging rights and help raise money for future NICAR training events by participating in our annual NICAR T-shirt contest. All ideas celebrating data and data journalism are welcome, from a simple, classic design with NICAR on it to bad SQL puns (SELECT * FROM tshirts WHERE tshirts.thisone = “Awesome”). There are only a few…

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Get ready for the 2017 CAR Conference T-shirt contest

It’s almost time for the annual CAR Conference T-shirt contest! If you don’t have a design ready, don’t worry. You still have time to come up with your best data journalism one-liners, SQL puns and NICAR logo designs. The winner gets bragging rights, a free shirt and $50 in the online IRE Store. Runners-up will…

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Charles Minshew joins IRE as data services director

Charles Minshew of the Orlando Sentinel will join IRE as director of data services on Jan. 23. During the past three years, Charles has done impressive data and visual storytelling work at the Sentinel. He created and maintained data sets for daily and investigative stories; built interactive graphics, maps and charts; and trained reporters on using data. He…

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Participate in the CAR Conference Mentorship Program!

Pick the brains of the industry’s best data journalists during the Mentorship Program at the 2017 CAR Conference in Jacksonville. You and your carefully chosen mentor will meet for a continental breakfast on Friday, March 3, thanks to the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. These private, one-on-one sessions allow conference attendees to seek advice on challenging…

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Learn how to explore data with Python’s Jupyter Notebook

Editor’s Note: This article first ran on the California Civic Data Coalition’s website on Oct. 8. Ben spoke at our San Diego Data Watchdog Workshop, a program funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. By Ben Welsh Last weekend, I traveled to the campus of San Diego State University to join a journalism workshop put on by Investigative Reporters…

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