Creative ways to teach difficult concepts

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 9 at 4:45pm
  • Location: Del Mar
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Teaching data journalism in newsrooms and at universities has forced us to come up with creative techniques. We wrote The SQL Song to help one group of boot camp attendees understand the order of commands. In an attempt to help students fine-tune their programs, we did a game show called Query Cash. To make string functions make more sense, we’ve created silly, but useful performances. Bring your fun ideas and we can work out creative solutions together.

Speaker Bios

  • Jaimi Dowdell is a data journalist for Reuters. Previously she was training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. During that time, she trained thousands of journalists around the world in document- and data-driven reporting. In 2016, she received the Spotlight Fellowship for Investigative Reporting. Dowdell is a Mizzou grad and can be reached at, @JaimiDowdell. 

  • 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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