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NICAR20 Special Events

Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m.
Location: Carondelet (3rd floor)

Join us for our welcome reception on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. Reconnect with longtime friends and welcome new attendees! Each attendee will receive one drink ticket for beer, wine, soda or bottled water. Light snacks also will be served.

Philip Meyer Journalism Awards

Friday, March 6 at 6:15 p.m.
Location: Acadia (3rd floor)

The presentation of the 2019 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards will take place on Friday at the 2020 NICAR Conference in New Orleans. The awards recognize the best uses of social research methods in journalism and are named in honor of Philip Meyer, author of “Precision Journalism” and retired Knight Chair in Journalism and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Three awards are given annually — a first, second and third place — to recognize the best work using techniques that are part of precision journalism, computer-assisted reporting and social science research. The awards are: $500 for first, $300 for second, and $200 for third.

Philip Meyer Journalism Awards Reception

Friday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Carondelet (3rd floor)

Join fellow NICAR attendees and award winners at a reception with light appetizers and a cash bar immediately following the awards presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Closing Reception (Sponsored by The Times-Picayune | The Advocate)

Saturday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal Street, New Orleans (approximately 0.4 miles from the New Orleans Marriott)

Head to the New Orleans Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a closing reception hosted by The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. Enjoy the aquarium while networking with fellow attendees. Light hors d’ oeuvres will be served, and each conference attendee will receive one drink ticket for a soft drink, beer, wine, call liquor or water.

Intro to R

Thursday, March 5, 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. **This class is full, any available seats will be filled onsite, at the start of the class on a first come, first serve basis. Payment for the class will be collected onsite. **See waiting list policy above.

Cost: $35

Skill level: Intermediate

We’ll introduce you to R, a free, powerful open-source programming language that will take your data reporting to the next level. By the end of this three-hour session, you will be able to read data from common file types into R, clean and explore it, create visualizations, and make your entire data workflow reproduceable. We’ll also talk about how to find help when you’re stuck.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: This session will be most helpful if you’re comfortable working with data and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.

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