How it works: APIs

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Jonathan Soma of Columbia Journalism School
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Salon A&B
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

What is an Application Programming Interface (API), and how are journalists using them to power newsroom projects? Come to this session to get an overview of how APIs work and some ideas for integrating them into your own data projects.

This session is ideal for API beginners to attend before the hands-on class "A hitchhiker's guide to APIs."

Speaker Bios

  • Jonathan Soma is director of the Lede Program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, where he lectures on data analysis and interactive visualization. When Soma isn't boring his students to tears he's probably rescuing cats, and he recently published a fancy website about machine learning in journalism at He's quietly on Twitter as @dangerscarf

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