Just enough Django: Distributed data entry in the newsroom (pre-registered attendees only)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ken Schwencke of ProPublica; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: M102
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Ben Welsh presents a step-by-step guide to creating a simple web application that empowers you to enlist reporters in data entry and refinement. The 3-hour, hands-on tutorial will teach you how to take advantage of the Django Web framework's powerful administration panel, without bothering with all the other web developer crap. You will learn how to design database tables, load in data and quickly create a system for others to improve it. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

**Prerequisites: If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.

Attendees must be registered for the conference to attend this workshop.

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Speaker Bios

  • Ken Schwencke is the editor of ProPublica's news applications team, which creates interactive databases and graphics. Ken has been with ProPublica since 2016, where he has worked on the award-winning Electionland project, ran Nonprofit Explorer, and reported on LGBTQ issues and white supremacists. Previously, he worked on The New York Times’ interactive news team and the Los Angeles Times data desk. @schwanksta

  • Ben is the editor of the Data and Graphics Department in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. The team of reporters and computer programmers works together to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. He is also a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition, a network of journalists and computer programmers dedicated to opening up public data, and the leader of PastPages, an open-source effort to better archive digital news. @palewire

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