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Plenty at IRE 2013 for data journalists to be excited about

I've heard a few NICARians lament that the IRE Conference isn't for them, that there isn't much that would excite a data journalist. In actuality there are many sessions I think you'd find interesting at the conference in San Antonio from June 20-23. We've also got hands-on classes in Tableau (a full day), Excel, Access (SQL and the grid), ArcGIS, Fusion Tables, Open Refine and more.

Here are some of the data journalism sessions at IRE (find more sessions here):
  • Demos on sensor and drone journalism from Matt Waite
  • An Introduction to Tabula: A PDF data extractor
  • Practicing safer Internet: Learning to think about digital security
  • Using FOIA Machine
  • Polling primer: Vetting and writing about public opinion polls
  • The Tor Project
  • A demo from the folks at PACER
  • Practical mining with DocumentCloud and Overview
  • Surveillance, privacy and hackers
  • An update on CensusReporter
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Telling stories with Twitter data
  • Embedding data and maps into the minds of readers: An Esri Community Analyst and Mapping platform experience
  • The top 10 ways of ranking things
  • From big to small: How to integrate data projects into the newsroom
  • Going beyond the obvious: Creative uses for data
  • Demystifying mobile for investigations
  • Finding the needles in a million haystacks: How to build a thorough data-based investigation with inaccessible, incomprehensible, and indeterminate data
  • Every day data: DBs every newsroom should already have on file or be familiar with
  • Best mobile apps for reporting
  • Juking the stats? Delve into your police department's FBI crime data to find flaws
  • Investigating health care with data
  • Squeaky wheels: Quick-hit and in-depth investigations from complaint data
  • Easy to use visualization tools
  • Free or cheap tools for wrangling data
  • Financing and accounting for journalists
  • Why you (and your shop) need data
  • You’ve got the data, where’s the story? How to find interesting patterns and do analysis
  • You've got It; Should you post It?
  • The power of social media: Geolocation for news
  • The doctor is in: Diagnosing dirty data
  • Why does college cost so much and where does the money go?
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