Special Events


Welcome Reception
Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
Location: Carondelet (3rd floor)

Join us for our welcome reception on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. Reconnect with longtime friends and welcome new attendees! Each attendee will receive one drink ticket for beer, wine, soda or bottled water. Light snacks also will be served.


Philip Meyer Journalism Awards
Friday, March 6 at 6:15 p.m.
Location: Acadia (3rd floor)

The presentation of the 2019 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards will take place on Friday at the 2020 NICAR Conference in New Orleans. The awards recognize the best uses of social research methods in journalism and are named in honor of Philip Meyer, author of “Precision Journalism” and retired Knight Chair in Journalism and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Three awards are given annually — a first, second and third place — to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting and social science research. The awards are: $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third.


Philip Meyer Journalism Awards Reception
Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Carondelet (3rd floor)

Join fellow NICAR attendees and award winners at a reception with light appetizers and a cash bar immediately following the awards presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.


Closing Reception (Sponsored by The Times-Picayune | The Advocate)
Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans (approximately 0.4 miles from the New Orleans Marriott)

Head to the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a closing reception hosted by The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. Enjoy the aquarium while networking with fellow attendees. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served, and each conference attendee will receive one drink ticket for a soft drink, beer, wine, call liquor or water.