By Dan Hill
The hands-on workshops at last year's conference blew me away, and I hope to leave Louisville with exposure to new tools I can put to use in the newsroom. Although technology is always changing and this year's tools may soon be obsolete, there are some skills workshops I don't want to miss.
My NICAR goal is to grasp Django well enough to pitch and lead a feasible newsroom project. The four Python sessions should help.
There's a lot to choose from at CAR. So we asked a variety of journalists -- students, beat reporters, veteran data crunchers and programmers -- to tell us what they're excited about this year.
I'm also looking forward to "From CAR to news apps and back again" and what the panelists have to say about challenges in merging technology and journalism.
Most of all I can't wait to meet with friends and hack out our data challenges together. My laptop will be on hand at all times.