How to teach yourself code

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Scott Pham of BuzzFeed News; C.J. Sinner of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 10:15am
  • Location: Salon D
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

You're a journalist with pretty much no coding experience who loves Excel and working with spreadsheets. You've attended IRE and NICAR for years and feel ready to make the leap but might be a little intimidated by code or have trouble finding the time to learn a new skill. 

Let's talk about the challenges to learning a programming language (whether Python, R, SQL or any other) and how to overcome them. Two self-taught coders will share their journeys and lessons they learned along the way.

Speaker Bios

  • Scott Pham is a Data Reporter for BuzzFeed News where he has reported on everything from diversity in the Oscars to the opioid crisis. @scottpham

  • C.J. is a digital graphics producer for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, with some project management and other digital strategy thrown in. She has previously worked in multimedia and online roles for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune, and holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Minnesota, where she is an adjunct instructor in data analysis and visualization basics. She is on Twitter at @cjsinner

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