Techraking 21: Bootstrapping the News
Sponsored by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
Wednesday, March 7 | 1-5 p.m.
Give us four hours and your laptop, and we’ll send you into NICAR with a fully-functioning data-crunching machine and the knowledge to use it.
One of the biggest hurdles to learning programming is the often bewildering process of setting up your computer. Veteran programmers and data crunchers from Reveal 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, we’ll introduce crucial programming concepts and tools and — most importantly — why we use them.
You’ll walk into conference sessions with a laptop loaded with many of the tools presenters will be talking about, and a leg up as you continue developing your skills once you’re back home.
Cost: $75 per person
Audience size: 50 people
Target audience: People with no or minimal exposure to programming who need a jumping off point to get their feet wet so they are prepared for programming classes at the conference.
Requirements to attend: Laptop with administrative privileges
Minimum technical specifications: Windows: Version 7 or higher; Mac: OS 10.9 (Mavericks) or higher. 4 GB of RAM, 15 GB of free hard-drive space. English layout keyboard strongly preferred. (Other layouts may work, but we’ve had trouble with certain characters in the past and our ability to provide tech support will be limited.)
Participants will walk away with a fully functioning dev machine (on their personal laptop) that includes: VirtualBox, Ubuntu/Xbuntu, Bower, csvkit, Django, Fabric, Git, Grunt, Ilene, Jupyter, MySQL, Node.js, NPM, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, pyenv, Python, QuantumGIS, R, RBENV, Rails, Ruby, SQLite, Tabula, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper
I. Programming: Why should you care?
II. What we’re about to install
III. Installing VirtualBox and Ubuntu
IV. Brief overview of stuff you got with your install
V. Using your new powers
A. Navigating the command line
B. Updating/installing software with apt
C. Working with open-source software
D. Basic version control (git)
E. How to get help
Reporting with data for business and economics
Hosted by Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism
Free pre-conference workshop | Wednesday, March 7 | 2-4 p.m.
Reporter Sarah Cohen, the Knight Chair in Data Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present data sources you can use to bolster your business and economic stories in this pre-conference workshop, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
Business and financial figures continue to play an important role in stories on different beats throughout the newsroom. Cohen will demonstrate how to work with sources readily available to reporters, from government websites like bea.gov to tools like Social Explorer. You’ll learn what’s in different data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and ideas for stories on the business beat and beyond.
This pre-conference workshop is produced by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau
Thursday, March 8 | 9-10:30 a.m.
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. We’ll teach you how to:
- Connect to Excel files and other data
- Create maps and charts
- Make them interactive
- Publish them on your site
Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.
Show where the story is happening with maps in Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau
Thursday, March 8 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Maps are where it’s at, and with the addition of spatial file support you can viz outside the box too. In this session you will learn different methods for building maps in Tableau Public. We will teach you how to:
- Determine what kind of mapping data you’re looking at
- Take advantage of spatial file support in Tableau Public
- Beautify maps with built-in and Mapbox-supported backgrounds
- Integrate maps into your dashboards
- Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional
Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.
Finding and telling data stories with Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau
Thursday, March 8 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.
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.
We’ll teach you how to:
- Connect to Excel files and other file types
- Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
- Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
- Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention
Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to attend. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.
Overview of data journalism curriculum for universities
Hosted by Tableau
Thursday, March 8 | 3:30-5 p.m.
Do you want to start teaching data journalism to university students or do you want to take your current program to a new level? Could your newsroom benefit from helpful tutorials and example files? With the current climate of news, journalistic integrity is more important than ever. Telling stories with data is an effective way to ensure the facts are being shown in a compelling way. Visual analytics bring complex stories to life for readers – a skill the next generation of journalists must be prepared for.
Join this session to learn more about:
- The importance of teaching aspiring journalists data literacy
- The new Introduction to Data Journalism course curriculum, including learning objectives and module components
- A hands-on walk through of the content and examples
- The process for accessing the ready-make materials
Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the CAR Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available. There may be a few seats available on-site.