MapCamp: QGIS *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: David Herzog of IRE and NICAR; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Friday, Mar. 8 at 9:00am
  • Location: Emerald Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Skill level: Intermediate

Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp.

Experienced journalists conduct this hands-on training using the latest version of QGIS, open source-software that runs on all platforms. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. 

You’ll learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; and geocode to merge databases with addresses into maps. In addition, we'll provide you with our detailed boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference. 

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

Workshop prerequisites: Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access, MySQL or SQLite.

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

Speaker Bios

  • David Herzog is a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches data journalism and serves as the NICAR academic adviser. He’s the author of Data Literacy: A User’s Guide (SAGE Publications, 2015) and is helping launch an online M.S. degree in Data Science and Analytics at the University of Missouri. Before teaching, he had nearly 15 years of reporting experience at The Providence Journal, The Baltimore Sun and The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.

  • Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop and teaches at American University.  She previously was a senior editor at Reveal/CIR, data editor at ProPublica, The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was NICAR's founding training director and has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. 

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