Techraking <=10: Bootstrapping the News (Sponsored by The Center for Investigative Reporting)

  • Event: 2015 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Michael Corey of Star Tribune; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post; Eric Sagara of Big Local News
  • Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 1:00pm
  • Location: International 10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

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 data crunchers and programmers 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.

Additional details including the schedule for the workshop can be found on the conference website.

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Speaker Bios

  • A news developer at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, MN. Past lives at Reveal and the Des Moines Register. Analog/digital synthesizer. Current interests include mapping, science, history, data on the radio, police use of force and sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. @mikejcorey

  • Eric is a Senior Data Reporter for Big Local News at Stanford University. Before that he was on the data team at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. He also has been a News Applications Fellow at ProPublica and a data reporter at the Newark Star Ledger. 

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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