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IRE members find their fashion sense in NICAR T-shirt contest

There are two things we know data journalists love: nerdy jokes and T-shirts.  When we asked for suggestions for a NICAR T-shirt to be sold at the 2012 CAR Conference in St. Louis, we didn't expect it there to be any shortage of ideas.

The first round of submissions are in, and they're pretty much what we expected: mostly groan-worthy, occasionally cryptic, and generally awesome. Check out what has been proposed so far by IRE members.

The contest is still open! We'll keep adding your suggestions as long as you keep sending them. Ideas can be submitted until 5p.m. (CST) on Dec. 7. Send suggestions to Jaimi Dowdell ( or Coulter Jones (

Take a look at the rules at the bottom of the page and see if inspiration strikes.  Don't forget to vote on your favorite design when online voting opens on December 8th.

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