California Code Rush

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: James Gordon of Reynolds Journalism Institute; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Colorado A
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Hacks, hackers and newbies of all ages! Step right up and help the California Civic Data Coalition master CAL-ACCESS, the golden state’s campaign cash database. Our team is here at NICAR 2016 with dozens of open tickets, in all shapes and sizes. And we are asking you to help close them out.

It’s a simple game. Submit a patch, win a prize. The bigger the challenge, the bigger the prize. Don’t worry if you’re new to open source. Stop by and we’ll guide you through your first contribution, from fork to patch to pull.

Speaker Bios

  • James is a designer and developer at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. He also teaches data journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. He was previously lead developer for the California Civic Data Coalition. @JE_Gordon

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

  • Cheryl Phillips teaches journalism at Stanford, is the founder of Big Local News and co-founder of The Stanford Open Policing Project. She worked at The Seattle Times for 12 years as a reporter and editor. She twice was part of breaking news coverage that received the Pulitzer Prize and twice served on teams that were Pulitzer finalists. She has worked at USA Today and at newspapers in Michigan, Montana and Texas. She is a former IRE board president. @cephillips

  • 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

  • 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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