Build your first news app *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Derek Willis of ProPublica
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 11 at 9:00am
  • Location: Independence
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won't stop until you've deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. 

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Session 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.

Workshop times are Friday and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

Speaker Bios

  • 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

  • Derek Willis is a news applications developer at ProPublica, focusing on politics and elections. He previously worked as a developer and reporter at The New York Times, a database editor at The Washington Post, and at the Center for Public Integrity and Congressional Quarterly. He began his journalism career at The Palm Beach Post. He is a co-founder of OpenElections, a project to collect and publish election results from all 50 states.

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