First Observable notebook: Prototyping with polish **pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Sahil Chinoy of The New York Times; Iris Lee of Los Angeles Times; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times; Aaron Williams of The Washington Post
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 2:15pm
  • Location: Copper Cove - conference level
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Skill level: Advanced

Sahil Chinoy, Iris Lee, Ben Welsh and Aaron Williams teach you how to rapidly prototype a complex data visualization with JavaScript, D3.js and an interactive Observable notebook.

This three-hour, hands-on course will show you how journalists are putting Observable’s powerful potential to work. Using nothing but your web browser, you will sketch, refine and publish an interactive graphic like one that appeared in The New York Times. Along the way, you’ll see how Observable’s groundbreaking approach to coding can help you be more creative, ambitious and efficient.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided. 

Workshop prerequisites: If you’ve used JavaScript once or twice, have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class. If you’re suspicious and think we might be Internet hipsters, we welcome the challenge of winning you over. This stuff is cool.


Speaker Bios

  • I'm a graphics editor for the Opinion section of The New York Times. Before that, I studied physics and economics at UC Berkeley, where I started the projects team at The Daily Californian. I've interned at The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. @sahilchinoy

  • Iris Lee is a data journalist at the Los Angels Times Data Desk. @irisslee

  • Ben is the editor of the Data and Graphics Department in the Los Angeles Times newsroom. The team of reporters and computer programmers works together to collect, organize, analyze and present large amounts of information. He is also a co-founder of the California Civic Data Coalition, a network of journalists and computer programmers dedicated to opening up public data, and the leader of PastPages, an open-source effort to better archive digital news. @palewire

  • Aaron Williams is an investigative data reporter who specializes in data analysis and visualization for The Washington Post. Before joining the investigative team he was a reporter for the Post graphics desk. He previously covered housing, campaign finance, police and local politics for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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