Journalists across the data spectrum – from beginners to sophisticated programmers – will find plenty of sessions to boost their watchdog power during the national CAR Conference.
No other journalism conference provides the scope and depth of hands-on software training available each year at the CAR Conference. Beginners can learn how to crunch numbers in spreadsheets and databases, without needing to know a computer programming language. Intermediate classes tackle data visualization, mapping and more. The rocket scientists among us will be challenged to push themselves deeper into sophisticated programming tools, visuals, apps and interactives.
Panel sessions will help journalists, students and educators learn the latest story ideas, documents and data. Topics include housing, sports, K-12 education, higher education, criminal justice, racial inequity, business and natural disasters. Also be sure to catch The Year in CAR – always a crowd-pleasing review of key data stories from the past year. A can’t-miss session for broadcasters will show how to transform data into knockout visuals.
Because of heightened concerns about the new Trump Administration and its handling of information and data, several special sessions are planned:
Regardless of your data skills and journalism experience, you’ll be able to customize your training path during the conference.
For first-time attendees, please see our primer on understanding the lingo and dynamics of the conference. We also encourage you to join us Friday, February 24 at noon CST to learn what NICAR17 holds for you. The 20-minute informal hangout will highlight conference features for first-timers. Feel free to ask questions. The session will be recorded and posted later.