SQL 1: Intro

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Lauryn Schroeder of San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 9:00am
  • Location: Pinnacle Peak 2
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Learning to manipulate data is a bit like learning a new language. Actually, it is a language, called structured query language (SQL). This session is an introduction to using SQL to zero in on your data by viewing slices and chunks of it and putting it into a useful order so you can spot the stuff you need to get started toward a story. We'll use the (free) database manager SQLite for this class.

This session is good for: People who have some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.


Speaker Bios

  • Lauryn Schroeder (@laurynschroed) is an investigative data reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. She previously worked for The Associated Press and took part in major data investigations with The Washington Post. She won an IRE award in 2013 for a series on shaken-baby syndrome, a controversial diagnosis that has led to hundreds of questionable, child abuse and murder convictions nationwide.

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