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 and data editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. @JaimiDowdell

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

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