Special Training

 

Gentrification Clues: Datasets That Predict Urban Upheaval
Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Free pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, March 1 from 2-5 p.m.

Evan Wyloge, senior reporter at AZCIR (the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting) has spent a decade focusing on accountability and watchdog reporting, with an emphasis on data analysis. In this workshop, he will identify disparate datasets that allow reporters to analyze the evolving economic landscape of metro areas.

Population density, incomes and property values, the overall volume of economic activity, and racial and ethnic diversity are all clues that can help reporters understand the dynamic shift toward a more urbanized population. Wyloge will show you how to navigate surprising databases and mine the key points to develop insightful stories on the future of your community.

This pre-conference workshop is produced by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

 

Techraking <=19: Bootstrapping the News
Sponsored by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

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.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
1-5 p.m.; Beers at 5 p.m.
Cost: $50 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, MySQL, Node.js, NPM, PostgreSQL, PostGIS, PANDAS, Python, QuantumGIS, R, RBENV, Rails, Ruby, SQLite, Tabula, virtualenv/virtualenvwrapper

Basic Schedule:

1-5 p.m.

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

5 p.m. Beer/mingling (Location: Fionn MacCool’s)

 

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau

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Thursday, 9 – 10:30 am

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

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Thursday, 11 am – 12:30 pm

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

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Thursday, 1:30 – 3pm

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.

 

Designing Tableau visualizations for mobile
Hosted by Tableau

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Thursday, 3:30-5 pm

Are mobile readers of your news site becoming more and more common? If your news organization is like others we’ve worked with, the percent of readers using phones and tablets to read your content is well over half of the overall number, and growing fast. Creating data visualizations for these small form-factors is very challenging. Learn how to use Tableau to create sheets and dashboards that work great, even on phones and tablets.

  • Design considerations, including layout and formatting
  • Dashboard sizing for a range of screen widths
  • Utilizing Device Specific Designer for multi-screen support
  • Interactivity – filtering and tooltips
  • Options to embed visualizations to respond to reader device

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. 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.

 

2017 Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference

Wednesday, March 1

The 5th annual Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference will be held at Casa Monica in St. Augustine, Florida on Wednesday March 12th, 2017. Tapestry is an event designed to advance interactive online data storytelling, bringing together different viewpoints with the goal of generating a rich conversation about data storytelling.

This one-day, invitation-only conference includes keynotes from speakers like Pro Publica’s Lena Groeger, short stories from authors like Cole Nussbaumer Knafilc, and a demo theater designed to provoke ideas and dialogue across disciplines.

The registration fee is waived for attendees in journalism, and transportation from the conference to Jacksonville will be provided for attendees who also plan to attend NICAR. For more information, and to request your invitation to attend or present, visit the Tapestry Conference website at http://www.tapestryconference.com/.