PyCAR (intermediate) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2018 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Tom Meagher of The Marshall Project; Jacob Quinn Sanders of Factal; Eric Sagara of Big Local News; Sara Simon of The New York Times; Anna Flagg of The Marshall Project; Moiz Syed of ProPublica; Elaine Wong of CBC/Radio-Canada; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Lincolnshire
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

This hands-on workshop will teach journalists basic programming concepts using the Python language. The daylong class will introduce language basics and useful libraries in the course of a typical reporting project: scraping data from the web, inserting it in a database and analyzing the results.

Although the class is geared toward beginners, we'll assume that you're comfortable with databases and SQL and that you've hopefully seen a command line since the days of DOS. 

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

Workshop prerequisites: Attendees should have familiarity with the command line and be comfortable with databases and SQL.

This class takes place on Thursday, March 8 from 9 am - 12:30 pm and continues Friday, March 9, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Registration for this session reserves your seat for both days of this workshop and attendees are expected to attend both sessions to complete the workshop.)

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

Speaker Bios

  • Anna Flagg is a data journalist for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on the U.S. criminal justice system. In addition to The Marshall Project, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, ProPublica, Al Jazeera, CityLab, Fusion and She's spoken at Malofiej, Visualized, TEI and Haptics Symposium, and co-taught a course on multimedia journalism for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

  • Tom Meagher is the managing editor for digital and data at The Marshall Project, where he leads a team of designers, developers, visual journalists and data reporters covering the criminal justice system. A veteran reporter and editor, he's part of the team behind Klaxon, an open-source reporting tool for monitoring websites. @ultracasual

  • Eric Sagara is a visiting senior data journalist with the Big Local News Project and part of the JSK Fellowships Impact Partnership with Big Local News. He was the senior data reporter for Reveal at the Center for Investigative Reporting prior to coming to Stanford. He was also a news applications fellow at ProPublica and prior to that was a reporter on The Newark Star-Ledger’s data team. 

  • A versatile reporter and editor for more than a decade before becoming a software developer, Jacob Quinn Sanders covered, supervised and built technology around news and real-time events across the U.S. He reimagined crucial workflows and content strategies at Western Pennsylvania's largest news operation. After a jump into tech, he wrote software relied on during disaster responses and wrangled unverified floods of information into data that can help save lives. @thejqs

  • Sara Simon is a software engineer at the New York Times. @sarambsimon

  • Moiz Syed is a journalist, designer and developer on ProPublica's news apps team, covering the federal government. Previously he worked at The Intercept and the Wikimedia Foundation. @moizsyed

  •  Aaron Williams is a reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. @aboutaaron

  • Elaine is a Switcher-Director at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation where she uses code to automate TV broadcasts. Previously, she was a Technical Director for an animation studio in Toronto where she wrote Python scripts to build in-house tools and she was a Multimedia Producer where she built interactive content for When not coding, she organizes PyCon Canada, csvconf and PyLadies Toronto.  She can be reached at @elthenerd 

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