Intro to R (Thursday) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Hannah Fresques of ProPublica; Sandhya Kambhampati of Los Angeles Times; MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Salon 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Skill level: Intermediate

Hannah Fresques and Sandhya Kambhampati of ProPublica, along with MaryJo Webster of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, will introduce you to R, a free, powerful open-source programming language, that will add statistical heft to your reporting. By the end of this three-hour session, you will be able to take raw data, import it into R, and start your analysis. Topics will include basic data importing, working with directories, reading in data, installing packages, creating simple visualizations, and how to clean, explore and sort your data. We'll also talk about how to find help when you're stuck.

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

Workshop prerequisites: This session will be most helpful if you’re comfortable working with data and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.


Speaker Bios

  • Hannah Fresques is a data reporter at ProPublica. She holds a master’s degree in quantitative methods for social sciences from Columbia University, and previously worked in education policy research. @HannahFresques

  • Sandhya Kambhampati is a data reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Most recently, she worked at ProPublica Illinois, where she uses statistics to uncover structural issues and abuses. At ProPublica, she co-reported on the widespread inaccuracies in Cook County's property tax assessment system, which was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting. Before that, she was a Knight-Mozilla fellow at Correctiv and a database reporter at Chronicle of Higher Education. Twitter: @sandhya__k

  • MaryJo has been data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis for five years. Previously, she had stints with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Digital First Media and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She started her career as a reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. @MaryJoWebster

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