A hitchhiker's guide To APIs

  • Event: 2017 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: David Eads of ProPublica Illinois
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 2 at 4:45pm
  • Location: City Terrace 8
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

In this hands-on session, you will use Postman to interrogate a web API. David Eads (NPR) and Helga Salinas (Seattle Times) will guide you through the process of constructing a magic URL that will tell you how Chicago’s violent crime in 2016 compares to other years.

This session is for beginners. If you’ve ever thought about what goes on in the location bar of your browser, have an eye for patterns, or want better ways to answer your reporting questions, you’ll have a blast.

Speaker Bios

  • David Eads is a news applications developer at ProPublica Illinois, where he combines journalism with software development. In the early 00’s, he helped found the Invisible Institute, where he ran a site about Chicago public housing called The View From The Ground. He later helped create FreeGeek Chicago, a community-based computer recycling organization. He has worked on visual journalism teams at the Chicago Tribune and NPR Visuals.

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