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NICAR 2023 conference schedule

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The NICAR 2023 conference will run from Thursday, March 2, to Sunday, March 5 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Thursday, 3/2

Sessions starting at 7:30 a.m. CT

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International meet and greet - invitation-only event

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. CT (45m)

🚪 Room: Music City Ballroom – Hotel Level 2

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An opportunity for international attendees to network. This is an invitation-only event.

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Sessions starting at 8:15 a.m. CT

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Welcome first timers! How to make the most of NICAR23

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. CT (30m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Welcome to the conference! Hear from IRE staff about tips and tactics to navigate our conference like a pro. Also, you'll learn about key resources that IRE offers once you're back home.

Speakers

Diana Fuentes, IRE & NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Cody was a newspaper reporter, data specialist and web developer before joining IRE as a training director in 2017. He became the organization's tech director in 2022.

Sessions starting at 9 a.m. CT

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Teaching the teachers

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Some of the most highly regarded data journalism teachers will share their tips, tricks and other best practices for teaching hands-on classes at the conference, in your newsroom, other venues or even college classes. The group will discuss their secrets for things such as preparing for a session, what expectations to have about your students, how to handle difficult situations in the class, and what to think about when choosing data for the lesson. They will also offer advice for those of you who have never taught at the conference on how best to break into the teaching ranks.

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Jasmine Han, Bloomberg 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Jennifer LaFleur, Center for Public Integrity 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Samantha Sunne, ProPublica/WVUE 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently a ProPublica Local Reporting Fellow at WVUE, and she recently published her first book, “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting."

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster is data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she has been since 2015. She is also a senior fellow for the Center for Health Journalism's Data Fellowship program. Her previous stints include St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Center for Public Integrity, Digital First Media and a couple of small newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

Ben Welsh, Big Local News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Tips and techniques for handling mass records requests to local agencies

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Lisa Pickoff-White, KQED 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Finding the story: Using DNS search for investigative journalism

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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Every online interaction begins with a lookup in the Domain Name System (DNS), the backbone of the Internet. As a result, there are digital footprints left behind in the DNS. With the demise of Whois, investigative reporters are looking for new tools to uncover these footprints. Learn how to use DNSDB Scout, a tool to query DNSDB, a historical passive DNS database, to discover previously unknown online connections and gain new information to advance your ongoing and breaking news investigations.

Basic knowledge of the Domain Name System (DNS) is helpful, but not required.

Speakers

Kelly Molloy, Domain Tools 👇

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Daniel Schwalbe, Domain Tools 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Mapping and geographic data analysis with the simple features package in R

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Peter Aldous, UC Berkeley 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Google Sheets 1: Getting started with spreadsheets

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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In this introduction to spreadsheets, you'll begin analyzing data with Google Sheets, a simple but powerful tool. You'll learn how to enter data, navigate spreadsheets and conduct simple calculations like sum, average and median.

This session is good for: Data beginners.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Shirsho Dasgupta, McClatchy DC Bureau 👇

Shirsho Dasgupta is a data/investigative reporter with the Washington Bureau of the Miami Herald/McClatchy newspapers. He often uses Python, SQL and Excel in his work. He has won multiple awards for stories ranging from financial crime to Florida's prison system. He holds Master's degrees in both English and Journalism.

On Twitter: @ShirshoD

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Making sense of criminal justice data

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Let's make mapping better!

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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More and more, newsrooms embrace mapping and spatial analysis as ways to highlight patterns and trends in data — and more and more, we might find ourselves frustrated in working with and visualizing geographic data. In this session, we'll discuss some ways that mapping falls short and ways we can improve it, and we'll get hands-on experience optimizing the mapping process in order to make it more collaborative, cohesive and repeatable. We will share our own tips, tricks and tools as well as encourage feedback from attendees so we can all take something new back to our own newsrooms!

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided.

Speakers

Alexandra Kanik, Hearst Texas 👇

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Cam Rodriguez, Chalkbeat 👇

Cam Rodriguez is a data + graphics reporter at Chalkbeat. In the past, she's been a Dow Jones intern at USA TODAY, a 2020 elections fellow at the Detroit Free Press and she chased down historical oddities with WTTW/Chicago PBS, in addition to freelancing with Voice of San Diego and South Side Weekly. A recent grad-school grad, Cam was also managing editor at 14 East, DePaul University's award-winning online student magazine based in Chicago.

On Twitter: @journo_cam

pre-registration - hands-on

Mastering Google Sheets: Web scraping, running scripts and other tricks

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Google Sheets is more than just free spreadsheet software to organize and store data. This hands-on session will start with pivot tables and conditional formatting, and through examples, we'll also learn how to scrape data in seconds without code, automate menial tasks with macros, write custom spreadsheet formulas as well as how to send emails, geocode addresses, translate text and more – all through the power of Google Sheets. Come with a laptop and leave with the knowledge of a Google Sheets power user.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to this training and have a Google account.

Workshop prerequisites: You should be familiar with using spreadsheets and formulas.

Speaker

Frank Bi, Star Tribune 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

pre-registration - hands-on

Exploring data in R with the Tidyverse

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

⚠️ This session will take place over multiple days.

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Learn how to use the tidyverse, a collection of R packages, to help you make your data journalism more efficient, stronger and more fun. Learn how to import, clean, analyze and plot data for your stories. If you want to modernize your R workflow with dplyr, tidyr, readr, ggplot2, tibble and purr, this class is for you. This workshop assumes some familiarity with R and RStudio, or programming experience in another language (e.g., Python or JavaScript), but will start from the beginning with tidyverse principles.

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

Workshop prerequisites: You should be comfortable working with R and RStudio and be familiar with basic data analysis.

Speakers

Liz Lucas, IRE & NICAR 👇

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Andrew Ba Tran, Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

pre-registration - hands-on

Digging into data for stories: A crash course in spreadsheets

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

⚠️ This session will take place over multiple days.

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Get started using data in your stories with IRE's mini-boot camp. In this 6-hour, hands-on workshop, IRE’s experienced trainers will start with the basics of navigating Google Sheets and using formulas, then walk you through sorting, filtering and aggregating data with pivot tables to find story ideas. You'll come away with a solid base for analyzing data in your newsroom, including how to find and request data, identify and clean dirty data, find story ideas and make your work ironclad. We’ll also provide you with our detailed boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop for the training and must have a Google account.

Speakers

Laura Moscoso, IRE & NICAR 👇

Laura Moscoso is a Puerto Rican journalist and training director for IRE & NICAR. Laura is a professor focusing on data, visualization tools and media literacy.

On Twitter: @LauraC_Moscoso

Adam Rhodes, IRE & NICAR 👇

Adam M. Rhodes is a first-generation Cuban American journalist whose work primarily focuses on queer people and the criminal legal system. Their recent work has examined HIV treatment access in Puerto Rico, HIV criminalization in Illinois, and a homophobic capital murder trial in the state. Rhodes was most recently a staff writer and social justice reporter at the Chicago Reader, and they have been published in outlets including BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post.

On Twitter: @byadamrhodes

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Introduction to web development

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. CT (420m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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This daylong crash course for beginners will give you the confidence you need to start building things for the web. You'll start from scratch and learn about HTML, CSS and JavaScript, then dive into some more advanced tools used by modern web developers around the world. Along the way, you'll learn about how and where to host your creations, the importance of accessibility-first development and other key topics.

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

Workshop prerequisites: Some experience working with data in general. Knowledge of web development concepts is helpful but not required.

Speakers

Carla Astudillo, The Texas Tribune 👇

Carla Astudillo is a senior data visuals developer with a focus on elections and political data at The Texas Tribune. Previously, she was a data and interactive visuals journalist at NJ.com and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

On Twitter: @carla_astudi

Andrew Briz, POLITICO 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Naël Shiab, CBC 👇

Naël Shiab is the senior data producer for CBC/Radio-Canada. He uses his programming skills to answer questions of public interest with data. He loves to create digital interactive experiences, especially immersive 3D dataviz. Naël is also the creator and maintainer of the open-source library simple-data-analysis (github.com/nshiab/simple-data-analysis). For more, including his portfolio, visit naelshiab.com.

On Twitter: @NaelShiab

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Accessing public records in Tennessee

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 9 – 11:15 a.m. CT (135m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Paul McAdoo, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 10:15 a.m. CT

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Come learn about the Data-Driven Reporting Project

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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📝 Description coming soon!

Speakers

Karina Brown, Underscore News 👇

As managing editor, Karina guides Underscore’s mission to illuminate the strength and vibrancy of Indigenous communities as well as the challenges they face. Starting out in journalism in 2005, she has reported in a wide variety of places, from the chaos of far-right extremist rallies to the hushed decorum of federal courtrooms, and she has focused on environmental issues, policing and tribal sovereignty.

On Twitter: @karinapdx

Pam Dempsey, The Data-Driven Reporting Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Emilie Munson, Albany Times Union 👇

Emilie Munson specializes in investigations using data analysis and public records. She is currently a data reporter for the Albany Times Union. In the past, she served as a Washington correspondent for the Times Union and Hearst Connecticut Media covering Congress and the president. She’s also worked as a state politics reporter and education reporter in Connecticut.

On Twitter: @emiliemunson

Inori Roy, The Local 👇

Inori Roy is a Toronto-based feature writer and associate editor at The Local magazine. She specializes in data-driven investigations exposing inequities, particularly across race, class and geographic lines, and driven by policy choices. Her work has previously appeared in the Toronto Star, environmental outlets Unearthed and The Narwhal, and the CBC.

On Twitter: @royinori

Stephannie Stokes, WABE, Atlanta's NPR affiliate 👇

Stephannie Stokes is a journalist covering housing and inequality at the Atlanta NPR affiliate, WABE 90.1 FM. In her investigations, she’s revealed how predatory investors strip wealth from Black homeowners in Atlanta’s fast-appreciating neighborhoods, and she’s spent a year following tenants in a federally-subsidized housing complex with some of the worst conditions in the city. This past year, she joined the inaugural class of Data-Driven Reporting Project awardees.

On Twitter: @stephannnnie

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Excel: Basic stats

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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You don't need a special statistics program to run simple statistical analysis. In this session, you'll learn how to compute some basic statistics in Excel and figure out what they mean.

This session is good for: People who already are comfortable with using functions in Excel.

Speaker

Todd Wallack, WBUR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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R: Making fancieR graphics

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Come check out some new packages created by members of the R community that may inspire you to try out some new exploratory data viz techniques with R. Creating small multiples for regions in a spatially meaningful way. Easy text annotations for exploratory charts. Animated data viz GIFs for social media. Fancy bivariate choropleth maps! Turn your headshot into a ridgeplot. Disclaimer: “fancier” doesn’t necessarily mean useful.

This session is good for anyone who is comfortable working in R, and some experience with ggplot2 is helpful.

Speaker

Andrew Ba Tran, Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Google Sheets 2: Formulas & sorting

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Much of Google Sheets' power comes in the form of formulas. In this class, you'll learn how to use them to analyze data with the eye of a journalist. Yes, math will be involved, but it's totally worth it! This class will show you how calculations like change, percent change, rates and ratios can beef up your reporting.

This session is good for: Anyone who has taken Google Sheets 1 or has been introduced to spreadsheets.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Tisha Thompson, ESPN 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Common digital attacks targeting journalists

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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From the Pegasus spyware targeting individual journalists to ransomware attacks taking down publishing plants, many different kinds of tools and tactics are leveraged in attacks against news media. Preparing for such attacks can feel overwhelming and result in unsustainable or ineffective security practices. The purpose of this talk is to talk through common tactics used to target journalists, threat modeling exercises to understand what you should actually care about preparing for, and practical, sustainable security measures journalists can take to protect themselves.

This session was planned in collabration with The Paranoids. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker

Neena Kapur, The New York Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Covering disparities in higher education with data

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report 👇

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Andrea Fuller, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Andrea Fuller is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York who specializes in data analysis. She uses spreadsheets, databases, and computer code to find stories. Andrea joined the Journal in 2014. She previously was a data journalist at Gannett Digital, the Center for Public Integrity and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

On Twitter: @anfuller

Sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. CT

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Defining and measuring the success of your published work

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Julia Haslanger, The Philadelphia Inquirer 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Under pressure: Real life in real time with breaking news

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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It’s become one of the hottest sessions at every IRE Conference. How would you and your newsroom fare in digging out little-known facts and information under the pressure of a breaking news deadline? One of the best ways to get better is to practice.

This is a real-life scenario where you can learn to break news without leaving your computer. The skills learned in this session can also be used for turning daily general assignment stories when there’s not breaking news. This session regularly fills up and the tipsheet that comes with it is in high demand. If you’re interested, get there early to get a seat.

No data experience is necessary for this class. Please bring your own laptop.

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Stephen Stock, CBS News and Stations 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Use our data!

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Jeremy Singer-Vine, The Data Liberation Project 👇

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Data and digital tools for your newsroom and classroom

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Mike Reilley, founder of JournalistsToolbox.org and co-author of "Data + Journalism" will guide you through the latest and greatest data and digital tools (most of them free!) that you can incorporate into your workflow right now! Come armed with a laptop and smartphone. Participants get a handout with links to tools, examples, tips, tricks and more.

Speaker

Mike Reilly, University of Illinois Chicago | Journalist's Toolbox 👇

Mike is the founder and editor of JournalistsToolbox.org, and he is a newsroom trainer who has taught 12,000 journalists and educators in 41 states over the past seven years. He has taught data journalism full-time at the University of Illinois-Chicago for six years. A former reporter at the Los Angeles Times and web editor at the Chicago Tribune, Mike served for 13 years as a faculty member at Northwestern, Arizona State University and DePaul University.

On Twitter: @journtoolbox

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A new data tool for identifying where people are losing their homes

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Millions of Americans are evicted each year, yet it's surprisingly difficult to know who is being evicted, where and why, because local data on evictions is either non-existent or difficult to analyze. By bringing together a repository of eviction data and a tool that allows you to analyze it, attendees of this session will be able to generate data-driven insights about housing insecurity in their communities.

New America’s Future of Land and Housing Program, DataKind and Eviction Lab will showcase the Foreclosure and Eviction Analysis Tool (FEAT)--an open-source data tool to help people understand where housing loss is most acute (at the census tract level), when during the year housing loss rises and falls, and who is most impacted (based on 65+ demographic variables). We will demonstrate how to use the tool using data from Eviction Lab's Eviction Tracking System (ETS), which provides regularly-updated eviction filing data for 7 states and 31 cities.

This class is good for: Intermediate/advanced users. The tool requires Python.

Speakers

Juan Pablo Garnham, Eviction Lab 👇

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Matt Harris, DataKind 👇

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Sabiha Zainulbhai, New America 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Bringing data journalism to the sports section

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Matt Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 👇

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Derek Willis, University of Maryland 👇

Derek is a lecturer in data and computational journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and co-founder of OpenElections. He is an IRE member since 1995 and alumnus of lots of great news organizations.

On Twitter: @derekwillis

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Google Sheets 3: Filtering & pivot tables

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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A look at the awesome power of pivot — and how to use it to analyze your dataset in minutes rather than hours. We'll work up to using a pivot table by first sorting and filtering a dataset, learning how to find story ideas along the way.

This session is good for: Anyone familiar with formulas, sorting and filtering in a spreadsheet program.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Matt Dempsey, USAFacts 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Investigative reporting for everyone WITH DATA: A quick-start guide

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Want to hit consistent home runs? Here’s how to punch way above your job title or shore up your existing reporting practice with tighter organization and careful data analysis. We’ll talk instant-impact, intro-level tips for new reporters and advanced-level tools for seasoned pros (hello, Gantt charts).

Speakers

José Martinez, The Connecticut Mirror 👇

José is a data reporter at the Connecticut Mirror. Before that, he spent a summer with The Wall Street Journal as an investigative data intern and held internships or fellowships with Texas Tribune, American Public Media Group, ProPublica, Bloomberg and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Born in El Salvador and raised in Houston, he graduated from the University of Texas with degree in journalism.

On Twitter: @dv7jose

Simone Weichselbaum, NBC News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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It’s freezing! Investigating the climate crisis

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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The climate crisis is the most defining and crucial issue of the contemporary age. As such, it is also one of the biggest challenges for journalists all over the world. The aim of this workshop is to show best practices and some of the best recent investigative work in this area.

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Elfredah Kevin-Alerechi, Independent journalist 👇

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Niall Sargent, Noteworthy 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 2:15 p.m. CT

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Data for redistricting and election coverage

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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The nonpartisan Redistricting Data Hub was founded to support civil rights and good government groups organizing around redistricting. But the data has been used more broadly, including for in-depth coverage and analysis of redistricting, as well as related work on elections and democracy. In this session, you'll see how news organizations are already using our data to cover important stories, and learn how you can use our free data and resources in your own work.

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Kate Donovan, Redistricting Data Hub 👇

Kate Donovan is the support lead at the Redistricting Data Hub (RDH). In addition to providing managerial and administrative assistance at the RDH, she conducts research, creates resources and articles for the website and answers questions about data and redistricting through the help desk. She was previously an associate professor of political science and statistics at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York.

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QGIS 1: Mapmaking for beginners

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Learn to how to make your own maps using free, open-source software called QGIS. This class will teach you how to get started importing and displaying geographic data. Not all datasets need to be mapped, but some do! We'll go over how to find publicly available data, prepare it for mapping, and join together different datasets.

This session is good for: Beginners looking to learn the basics of visualizing geographic data.

Speakers

Christine Jeavens, BBC News 👇

Christine Jeavans is a Senior Data Journalist at BBC News with a focus on health inequalities, social issues and politics. Recent projects include covering the U.S. midterms, Covid's links to deprivation and the award-winning NHS Tracker.

On Twitter: @chrisjeavans

Libby Rogers, BBC News 👇

Libby is a data scientist with BBC News. Recent projects include uncovering the extent of the NHS dentistry shortage in the UK, heat hazards and the latest NHS winter tracker. Libby also supports the BBC data journalism team technically with training and developing reusable tools and processes.

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Litigating FOIA denials

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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FOIA backlogs and denials are common obstacles to reporting. Join this session to hear how panelists have litigated countless FOIA cases they'll discuss how to use litigation to break through the roadblocks.

Speakers

Jason Leopold, Bloomberg 👇

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Matt Topic, Loevy & Loevy 👇

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Don’t play (stupid) troll games: OpSec for public events ... like NICAR

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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How do we stay engaged with our sources, readers, colleagues and the industry when so many bad faith groups are attempting to poison the well with false leads, subversive tactics, and outright trolling? We’ll discuss the types of actors in this space, how they operate, and how to keep your cool when someone is shoving a microphone in your face and peppering you with questions.

This session was planned in collabration with The Paranoids. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

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Editing the data-driven investigation

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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How much does school spending matter for outcomes in education?

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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In 2019, government spending on K-12 public schools was the highest it’s been since 2008. But what kind of impact do those dollars have on education outcomes like reading and math proficiency?

Thanks to new data mandated by the feds and collected by Edunomics, it's possible to find the answers.

Learn more from top education reporters and analysts on how to translate this into stories for your community.

Speakers

Sara Chernikoff, USAFacts 👇

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Meghan Mangrum, Dallas Morning News 👇

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pre-registration - hands-on

Introduction to Python for data analysis

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Caitlin McGlade and Sahana Jayaraman will guide you through using Python to find stories in data. We will use Jupyter Notebooks to execute commands, a popular opensource tool commonly used to explore data tables and organize code.

You’ll learn:

- How to pull data from both a CSV saved locally on your computer and directly from a website

- How to find “the most” or “the least” by sorting

- How to isolate or exclude variables with filtering

- How to compare variables with groupbys

- How to merge datasets

This session would be good for people who have crunched numbers in Excel, or understand the concept of filtering, sorting and pivot tables /groupbys through other programs, and want to start analyzing data with Python so their work is more easily reproducible. Also for those who have tried a little Python before and couldn’t get the hang of it but want to keep trying.

Speakers

Sahana Jayaraman, Arizona Republic 👇

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Caitlin McGlade, Arizona Republic 👇

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pre-registration - hands-on

Mastering Google Sheets: Web scraping, running scripts and other tricks (repeat)

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Google Sheets is more than just free spreadsheet software to organize and store data. This hands-on session will start with pivot tables and conditional formatting, and through examples, we'll also learn how to scrape data in seconds without code, automate menial tasks with macros, write custom spreadsheet formulas as well as how to send emails, geocode addresses, translate text and more – all through the power of Google Sheets. Come with a laptop and leave with the knowledge of a Google Sheets power user.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to this training and have a Google account.

Workshop prerequisites: You should be familiar with using spreadsheets and formulas.

Speaker

Frank Bi, Star Tribune 👇

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pre-registration - hands-on

Introduction to R

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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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. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop for the training and have R and RStudio installed.

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.

Speakers

Stephanie Lamm, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

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Charles Minshew, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

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pre-registration - hands-on

First Observable Notebook: Prototyping with polish

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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This three-hour, hands-on course will show you how journalists are putting Observable’s powerful potential to work. Using nothing but your web browser, you will sketch, refine, and publish interactive graphics and data analysis notebooks like those created by The Marshall Project and Los Angeles Times. Along the way, you’ll see how Observable’s groundbreaking approach to coding can help you be more creative, ambitious, efficient, and collaborative. You will learn how to rapidly explore a dataset and share insights and data visualizations with JavaScript, Observable Plot and an interactive Observable notebook.Preregistration is required and seating is limited. You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you'll need a free Observable account: observablehq.com.

Workshop prerequisites: Beginner to intermediate experience with Javascript, with basic knowledge of other web technologies like HTML, CSS, and SVGs. As long as you have a web browser, a working attitude, and willingness to ask for help, you’ll be golden!

Speakers

David Eads, The Marshall Project 👇

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Alex Garcia, Independent journalist 👇

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Weihua Li, The Marshall Project 👇

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Ilica Mahajan, The Marshall Project 👇

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Sessions starting at 3:30 p.m. CT

demo

Tools for teaching R

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Matt Waite, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 👇

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Derek Willis, University of Maryland 👇

Derek is a lecturer in data and computational journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and co-founder of OpenElections. He is an IRE member since 1995 and alumnus of lots of great news organizations.

On Twitter: @derekwillis

demo

Using DocumentCloud & DocumentCloud AddOns

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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In five minutes, you can create an automated, 24/7 digital watchdog that alerts you if a government agency ever posts documents mentioning keywords you care about. With a little more time, you can create workflows that turn those documents into cleaned-up datasets piped right into your inbox or even self-updating visualizations that highlight key trends. Earlier this year, DocumentCloud launched Add-Ons, our new extension system that gives users access to a wide range of machine learning, data extractions, and automation, all within the familiar DocumentCloud interface. Learn how to tap into these new capabilities with a wide range of practical examples and useful tricks that everyone can take back to their beat, with no programming skills required.

Speaker

Sanjin Ibrahimovic, MuckRock Foundation 👇

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QGIS 2: Analyzing geographic data

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

Build on your existing knowledge of QGIS and learn how to filter and analyze geographic datasets, before familiarising yourself with labelling and exporting publication-ready maps using the print composer.

This session is good for: Those who attended the QGIS I workshop or already know the basics of visualizing geographic data in QGIS.

Speakers

Christine Jeavens, BBC News 👇

Christine Jeavans is a Senior Data Journalist at BBC News with a focus on health inequalities, social issues and politics. Recent projects include covering the U.S. midterms, Covid's links to deprivation and the award-winning NHS Tracker.

On Twitter: @chrisjeavans

Libby Rogers, BBC News 👇

Libby is a data scientist with BBC News. Recent projects include uncovering the extent of the NHS dentistry shortage in the UK, heat hazards and the latest NHS winter tracker. Libby also supports the BBC data journalism team technically with training and developing reusable tools and processes.

panel

Encryption and journalism: From idea to publication

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Many factors come into play when considering the security of a story. The most notable is the security around conversations with sources. While this is important, this is not the only point in the process to consider the security of your interactions and information. In this training, we will overview the different types of encryption and how it comes into play when researching, writing, and communicating new stories. Attendees will walk away from this training understanding how to make informed decisions about the security of their tools and process from research to publication of a story.

This session was planned in collabration with The Paranoids. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker

Kristen Larson, Yahoo 👇

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panel

When data assumes a male population

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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It’s hard to make a good decision without good data. Yet there are so many instances where decisions are made without regard to how those choices will affect half the population, from body armor that gives military women stress fractures because it is designed for a male body, to medicines approved even though they have only been tested on men (regardless of whether the drug treats a disease that mostly affects women.)

Additionally, there are many ways surveys are designed and collected that often exclude women. For example, the Census and other surveys make assumptions about a person's daily commute. Women's commutes are often a lot more complicated because they don't have a to-work and from-work structure - women are statistically more likely to be the one who drops junior off at school and takes grandma to the doctor.

This panel will highlight articles that have shone a light on gendered data gaps. It will also provide tips on how to find gender and sex-aggregated numbers, practical advice on what to do with it, as well as potential strategies for determining gender/sex bias in the data, and determining who is missing.We’ll spend time looking at the way women are excluded in data, and ways to sniff that out.

How can we better report with data to account for these data collection errors? What are strategies we can use as journalists to account for women missing in data?

Speakers

Erin Mansfield, USA Today 👇

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Jasmine Mithani, The 19th* 👇

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Janelle O'Dea, The Center for Public Integrity 👇

Janelle O'Dea started recently as a data reporter for the Center for Public Integrity after five years in the same role at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She likes Python, pandas and cats.

On Twitter: @jayohday

Lucia Walinchus, The Ohio Center for Journalism, Eye On Ohio 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Successful project management for collaboration

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Darla Cameron, Texas Tribune 👇

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Emilia Díaz-Struck, ICIJ 👇

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Mago Torres, CLIP, NINA 👇

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Sessions starting at 4:45 p.m. CT

commons

GitHub is my Copilot

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speaker

Jonathan Soma, Columbia University 👇

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demo

The Serverless.js framework for Amazon Web Services

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

John Perry, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 👇

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demo

De-mystifying cryptocurrency data: How to find stories on ransoms, insider trading and fraud

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Cryptocurrencies and the technology powering them are no longer something journalists can dismiss as a passing fad. Even if you don't think Bitcoin is going to replace the dollar, you should get familiar with how to report on crypto. It has created massive fortunes, allowed criminal gangs to extort local and national businesses in new ways and enabled the transfer of money outside of government supervision. The world of crypto often feels opaque and jargony, but Bitcoin, Ethereum and NFTs all work off of public databases, called blockchains–an area ripe for DIY FOIAs, if only journalists knew how.

Three experienced data journalists will share stories, story ideas, and concrete tips for chasing those stories for mainstream journalists to test their hypotheses and extract publishable facts from the blockchain. Their stories have run the gamut from investigating a widespread life-altering financial fraud dependent on a quirk of the Ethereum network, tracking ransomware, examining potential sanctions violations and possible insider trading.

Speaker

Jeremy Merrill, The Washington Post 👇

Jeremy B. Merrill is a data reporter on the Washington Post's tech desk. He covers social media, crypto, ads/adtech and any shenanigans taking place via HTTPS.

On Twitter: @jeremybmerrill

hands-on

Working with PDFs using off-the-shelf tools

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Join this class to learn how to “liberate” trapped data locked inside of PDF’s. This class will cover basic approaches for getting text out of PDF documents using powerful and freely available tools. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts and walked through tackling common challenges encountered with tricky PDF documents.

This session is good for: People who are unfamiliar with PDF-to-text tools or would like to learn how these tools can be used for extracting difficult text from images embedded in a PDF document.

Prerequisites: Attendees should have access to a CometDocs account, which you can access through your IRE membership, the free software Tabula and access to Google Drive.

Speaker

Maggie Mulvihill, Boston University 👇

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panel

Dataviz accessibility matters — here's what you can do to improve it

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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News organizations have long struggled with publishing online for all audiences, whether that's captionless videos, cluttered websites, or inaccessible graphics. We will touch on the technical and cultural pitfalls newsrooms and the people in them face when publishing graphics and interactives online, and dive into what we all can do to improve the accessibility of our data visualizations.

Speakers

Frank Elavsky, Human-Computer Interaction Institute 👇

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Patrick Garvin, Independent journalist 👇

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Jasmine Mithani, The 19th* 👇

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Joe Murphy, NBC News 👇

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Thomas Wilburn, Chalkbeat 👇

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panel

How university newsrooms can help fill news "deserts"

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Jean Marie Brown, Texas Christian University 👇

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Matt Carroll, Northeastern University 👇

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Sessions starting at 5:45 p.m. CT

special

First-timers reception

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 5:45 – 6:15 p.m. CT (30m)

🚪 Room: TBD

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Come and mingle with folks who are excited to attend their first NICAR conference. This is a great time to build your network, make lifelong conference buddies and hear about which sessions people are most excited about.

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Sessions starting at 6 p.m. CT

special

Welcome reception

🕙 Thursday (3/2) 6 – 7:15 p.m. CT (75m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Join us for our welcome reception on Thursday at 6 p.m., co-sponsored by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 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.

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Friday, 3/3

Sessions starting at 7:30 a.m. CT

special

Mentor program breakfast - invitation-only event

🕙 Friday (3/3) 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. CT (75m)

🚪 Room: Music City Ballroom – Hotel Level 2

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If you signed up for the conference mentor program, come meet your match at this invitation-only breakfast, sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri.

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Sessions starting at 9 a.m. CT

demo

Uncovering underground money networks

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Rob Barry, The Wall Street Journal 👇

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Jan Strozyk, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 👇

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hands-on

Finding the story: Nursing homes data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Speaker

David Barer, KXAN 👇

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Finding the story: Redistricting data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

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Speaker

Kate Huangpu, Spotlight PA 👇

A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School’s data journalism program, Huangpu got her start reporting on police accountability and social services for survivors of domestic violence in New York City. She previously worked at ABC’s World News Tonight and MSNBC. Huangpu now follows how and why the state government works the way it does, paying special attention to how the structure of our government expands or excludes who can participate in democracy.

On Twitter: @katehuangpu13

hands-on

Google Sheets 4: Advanced pivot tables

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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You've done a few pivot tables and are getting curious about what more you could do with them. What happens if you aggregate by more than one column? What are those "column" and "filter" boxes for? Come unlock the full potential of pivot tables in this intermediate spreadsheet class.

This session is good for: People familiar with spreadsheets and aggregating data with pivot tables, or anyone who has taken Sheets 1-3.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Helena Bengtsson, Gota Media 👇

Helena Bengtsson is data journalism editor at Gota Media, a regional publishing company in the south of Sweden with 14 local titles. She previously worked as editor for data journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster, for 27 years, and she also served as editor, data projects, at The Guardian between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.

On Twitter: @HelenaBengtsson

hands-on

Data of divides

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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Doing data-driven inequality stories often means using statistical tools. This will be a quick overview of some of the key tools available in R.

This session is good for: People who have basic R skills.

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Finding needles in haystacks with fuzzy matching

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Fuzzy matching is a process for linking up names that are similar but not quite the same. It has become an increasingly important part of data-driven investigations as a way to identify connections between public figures, key people and companies that are relevant to a story. This class will cover how fuzzy matching typically fits into the investigative process, with some story examples. Max Harlow, who developed the CSV Match command line tool, will show you how to run some of the different types of fuzzy matching on some real datasets, including the pros and cons of each.

This session is good for: People who feel comfortable using the command line.

Speaker

Max Harlow, Financial Times 👇

Max Harlow works on the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times in London, where he focuses on using data to find and tell investigative stories.

On Twitter: @maxharlow

panel

Mining social media, without depending on the sites' owners goodwill

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Social media is as important as ever to politics, from the local level to the international, but researchers fear that owners of social media sites have become more hostile to the press and will make it harder for us to access the tools we use to track politicians' activities and monitor disinformation.

Junkipedia is a project run by the non-profit Algorithmic Transparency Institute which helps journalists and civil society groups gather, track, search and monitor social media sites.

Junkipedia exists to gather data for journalists, even if platform tools go away. In a sense, you can replace the social media scrapers you don't have time to maintain with Junkipedia's.

Learn how you can (for free!) monitor politicians and online influencers relevant to your region or beat and gather data from previously opaque data sources like right-wing alt-tech social media sites and podcast transcripts.

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panel

Keeping Secrets: Secure source communications

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Keeping your conversations with a source protected can oftentimes be overwhelming, especially with a lot of security lingo tossed in. In other cases, the advice isn’t practical because it doesn’t meet your source where they’re at. In this talk, we’ll discuss things to consider when it comes to securing your communications, what you can set up ahead of time and the benefits of different approaches.

This session was planned in collabration with The Paranoids. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker

Sarah Kate Thomas, The New York Times 👇

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panel

Beyond the fire perimeter — data for wildfire investigations

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Wildfire prevention and response are massive endeavors stretching across local, state and federal agencies — they're complex, high stakes, big budget, and rarely covered in deep dives. They also generate lots of data, but knowing where to look and what you're looking at can be challenging as a reporter. This session will cover how metrics are tracked, how to approach wildfire data with an investigative mindset, and some of the panelists' favorite databases.

Speakers

Adiel Kaplan, NBC News 👇

Adiel Kaplan is a reporter with the NBC News national investigative unit. Her stories frequently run as both articles on NBCNews.com and television segments on Nightly News, the TODAY Show and NBC News NOW. She is an assistant professor at Columbia Journalism School's Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, and she previously worked for the Miami Herald and InvestigateWest.

On Twitter: @adielkaplan

Veronica Penney, Colorado Public Radio 👇

Veronica Penney is a data reporter on Colorado Public Radio's investigations team. She previously worked at The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Investigations and the Miami Herald.

On Twitter: @veronica_penney

pre-registration - hands-on

First Python Notebook

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. CT (420m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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In this session, experienced journalists will guide you through a six-hour, hands-on investigation of money in politics.

You will learn:

* just enough Python to execute an analysis with pandas, one of the most popular open-source tools for working with data tables

* how to record, remix and republish your work using Jupyter, a browser-based tool emerging as the standard for reproducible research

* how to explore your data using the Altair data visualization library, a Python package that offers a simple, structured grammar for generating graphics.

Along the way you’ll conduct your own investigation of California campaign donors using the Big Local News open-source database archive.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided.

Prerequisites: If you've tried Python once or twice, have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified.

Speakers

Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee, Los Angeles Times 👇

Gabrielle LaMarr LeMee is a data reporter on the Los Angeles Times Data Desk, where she has reported on groundwater depletion, election results and campaign finance. She was previously the data editor at Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering education across several cities and states. Gabrielle has a master’s degree in information design and data visualization from the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University.

On Twitter: @lamarr_lemee

Andrea Suozzo, ProPublica 👇

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Ben Welsh, Big Local News 👇

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pre-registration - master class

Master Class: Managing investigators… or how to lead journalists born to challenge authority

🕙 Friday (3/3) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Being a news manager is already tough, but what if you supervise investigative journalists? They come with an extra layer of challenges, because their very job (and likely their personality) makes them hyper-alert to authority figures.

This course is designed to give you some tools and tactics to lead individuals and entire teams of investigators in a more effective way. Learn from four investigative managers from different media at different stages of their leadership careers. How did they launch into their roles, and what experience have they gained along the way? This course is for current investigative managers and anyone aspiring to step into such a position in the future.

Topics will include: managing compassionately, hiring challenges, transitioning to management, forging partnerships, building relationships, handling resource cuts, organization/structure, tough decisions/conversations, in-house training/growth, delivering feedback, creating inclusive opportunities, and juggling responsibilities/projects/work.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited.

Speakers

Jodie Fleischer, Cox Media Group 👇

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Josh Hinkle, KXAN 👇

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Mc Nelly Torres, Center for Public Integrity 👇

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Sessions starting at 10:15 a.m. CT

commons

How to retain the NICAR spirit year-round

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speaker

Janelle O'Dea, The Center for Public Integrity 👇

Janelle O'Dea started recently as a data reporter for the Center for Public Integrity after five years in the same role at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She likes Python, pandas and cats.

On Twitter: @jayohday

demo

Reporting with Google Trends

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speaker

Jenny Lee, Google 👇

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demo

How to form an accessibility team in your newsroom

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Holden Foreman, The Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Data analysis in JavaScript

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

Learn how to crunch your data with JavaScript. Journalist Nael Shiab will teach you how to use the Simple-Data-Analysis library (github.com/nshiab/simple-data-analysis) to retrieve, clean, analyze and visualize data. You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class. Prior to the class, you should sign up for an Observable account: observablehq.com.

This session is good for: People with some coding experience (JavaScript, R, Python, etc.).

Speaker

Naël Shiab, CBC 👇

Naël Shiab is the senior data producer for CBC/Radio-Canada. He uses his programming skills to answer questions of public interest with data. He loves to create digital interactive experiences, especially immersive 3D dataviz. Naël is also the creator and maintainer of the open-source library simple-data-analysis (github.com/nshiab/simple-data-analysis). For more, including his portfolio, visit naelshiab.com.

On Twitter: @NaelShiab

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Python: Working with PDFs using pdfplumber

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Description

Wonderful tools such as Tabula have made it easier to extract tabular data from PDFs. But what if your pile of PDFs is more complex than that? Maybe there are a few bits of info that you need to grab outside the tables, or maybe the information isn't tabular at all?

In this session, we'll use pdfplumber, an open-source Python library, to demonstrate some techniques. We'll also demystify some aspects of the PDF file format, which will come in handy no matter what tools you use.

This session would be good for: People with some prior experience using Python.

Speaker

Jeremy Singer-Vine, The Data Liberation Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Finding the story: The American Community Survey

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Speaker

Tim Henderson, Pew Charitable Trusts 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Using OpenRefine to powerwash your data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Learn how to use OpenRefine, a powerful tool for quickly cleaning up dirty data. You'll learn about faceting, simple clustering, applying common data transformations and more.

This session is good for people with basic experience working with data.

Speaker

Susie Neilson, The San Francisco Chronicle 👇

Susie Neilson is a data reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle focused on housing and criminal justice. Previously, she has worked for Business Insider, NPR, The Center for Investigative Reporting and several other publications. She lives in Oakland, where she enjoys regular sightings of the official city bird and her favorite animal: the Black-crowned night heron.

On Twitter: @susieneilson

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Finding the story: Providing context to the equity and inclusion debate using education data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Over the past two years, public education has been flooded by a national debate on "controversial" topics such as lessons and books about race and racism, accurate history lessons that highlight marginalized voices and most recently, LGBTQ people, gender and sexual identity. There's various different ways to keep track of these challenges to public education, whether they're happening at the state level or within districts. This is a session that'll demonstrate how to stay on top of covering this culture war within K-12 education.

This session is good for people with basic experience working with data.

Speaker

Eesha Pendharkar, Education Week 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Quick turn data stories: Using the quick turn to your advantage

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

How to do quicker data stories that don’t suck or drain you of your will to do journalism. Participants will learn how to take a new dataset and break down their ideas into short-term, mid-term, and long-term projects

Speakers

Ana Goodwin, Houston Chronicle 👇

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Ryan Serpico, San Antonio Express-News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Large-scale scraping projects

🕙 Friday (3/3) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Description

It's easier and cheaper than ever to do large-scale scraping projects with a small team. In this session, speakers will discuss code, cloud computing infrastructure, and lessons learned while we worked on our scraping projects.

Speakers

Jeff Kao, ProPublica 👇

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Ilica Mahajan, The Marshall Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Leon Yin, The Markup 👇

Leon Yin is an investigative data journalist at The Markup. He uses interdisciplinary methods and bespoke datasets to report on technology and monopolies. In 2022, he received a Gerald Loeb Award for the series "Amazon's Advantage." Before journalism, he was a research scientist at The Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University. Leon started his career writing Fortran scripts at NASA.

On Twitter: @leonyin

Sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. CT

commons

Let's talk Data Memos!

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Description

It's an important and often underappreciated step in every data project. Let's talk about how we've tackled it in the past and share tips on how to make it both comprehensive AND understandable to reporters. Possible topics to discuss: Organization and formatting tips, how to best update data over time, any alternatives to Google Docs, etc. Bring examples if you have any to share and discuss what you've learned from the process.

Speaker

Carla Astudillo, The Texas Tribune 👇

Carla Astudillo is a senior data visuals developer with a focus on elections and political data at The Texas Tribune. Previously, she was a data and interactive visuals journalist at NJ.com and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

On Twitter: @carla_astudi

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How to produce Long COVID coverage informed by data, public records and patient experiences

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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Analyze large datasets in Google Sheets via Google Cloud

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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Description

Connecting large data sets to Google Sheets, which has UI patterns, querying tools and other affordances that more newsroom collaborators are comfortable with. This session is good for: people comfortable with csv, cloud services, spreadsheets and some SQL familiarity.

Speaker

Tiff Fehr, The New York Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Finding the story: Inflation data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

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Speaker

Paul Overberg, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Command line for reporters on a Mac

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

Too often in data journalism we forget about the basics. And it doesn't get as basic as the command line. Even knowing a little will make your job easier. We will run through some simple commands, dive into working with spreadsheets and show you some handy tools he frequently uses at work.

This session is good for: People who feel intimidated by the command line on their computer, but want to explore the power of command line tools.

Speaker

AJ Vicens, CyberScoop 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Finding the story: Parole boards

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

Criminal justice data can be really messy! But isn't it tempting to ask questions from it? We will work with parole data to answer a straightforward question: How do Nebraska Parole Board members vote or miss votes? Flatwater Free Press reporter Yanqi Xu will show you how to reshape datasets to make them ready for analysis, and how to use data as a guide to identify impacted “real people.”

This session would be good for people with basic experience with R.

Speaker

Yanqi Xu, The Flatwater Free Press 👇

Yanqi Xu is a reporter at the Flatwater Free Press in Nebraska. She uses data to cover accountability stories and recently completed a project about nitrate contamination of groundwater in Nebraska.

On Twitter: @yanqixu_

panel

Reporting Tools: Security research for reporters

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Description

Examples of stories made possible by radio spycraft and cybersecurity auditing tools. Flight tracking, finding iBeacon ad tracking, decompiling smartphone apps / analyzing network traffic from smartphone apps (to find things like healthcare/abortion apps sending info to Facebook or data brokers).

This session was planned in collabration with The Paranoids. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker

Mike Tigas, ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

How to investigate pay inequities at your workplace

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speaker

Andrew Pantazi, The Tributary 👇

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panel

30 places to find data to cover issues in your community

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Sean McMinn, POLITICO 👇

Sean McMinn is the editor of data and graphics at POLITICO. His team specializes in covering policy and politics through a data-focused lens. Sean also teaches at Northwestern University's D.C. masters program. He was previously a data journalist at NPR and CQ Roll Call, and he is excited to see his country music and data journalism passions collide in Nashville!

On Twitter: @shmcminn

panel

Data Dive: The 2022 Philip Meyer winners

🕙 Friday (3/3) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

A data deep dive into the 2022 Philip Meyer Award winners. Hear from reporters on how they gathered, cleaned, analyzed and visualized the data behind some of the year's biggest stories.

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Sessions starting at 12:45 p.m. CT

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Media lawyers Q&A

🕙 Friday (3/3) 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Does your investigation contain complex legal questions? Unsure of how to proceed? Bring your lunch and your questions for a personal discussion with some prominent media law experts. We'll provide drinks and dessert.

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Sessions starting at 2:15 p.m. CT

commons

DEI in data reporting

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speakers

Jayme Fraser, USA TODAY / Gannett 👇

Jayme Fraser is an investigative data journalist for USA TODAY based in Montana. She focuses primarily on inequities and the solutions to them, empowering readers with analysis to back up experiences that might otherwise be dismissed as anecdotal. She is interested in policies that support inclusion in the newsroom. Recently, her work has focused on nursing homes, corporate diversity and COVID-19. She uses R but started in Excel.

On Twitter: @jaymekfraser

Samantha Sunne, ProPublica/WVUE 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently a ProPublica Local Reporting Fellow at WVUE, and she recently published her first book, “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting."

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

hands-on

Introduction to DataWrapper

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Datawrapper is an increasingly popular online tool for visualizing data. This class will introduce you to the process of creating some basic charts and maps.

This session is good for beginners looking for a data visualization solution that doesn't require learning to code.

Speaker

Jeff Hargarten, The Star Tribune 👇

Jeff Hargarten is a Minneapolis-based enterprise journalist at the intersection of data analysis, reporting, coding and design.

On Twitter: @jeffhargarten

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Command-line data analysis with VisiData

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

VisiData is a fast, powerful, keyboard-driven tool for quickly exploring datasets. It's often the first piece of software I use to examine new data. In this hands-on session, you'll learn VisiData's essentials commands — including how to sort, filter, summarize and aggregate.

This session is good for: People who have a basic familiarity with your computer's command line interface. No programming knowledge necessary, but some knowledge of Python is a plus.

Speaker

Jeremy Singer-Vine, The Data Liberation Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Google Sheets: Using string functions to manipulate data

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Maybe you converted a PDF or imported a table into a spreadsheet -- or maybe an agency gave you a poorly formatted file. You can use string functions to reformat your data and get your spreadsheets working for you.

This session is good for: Anyone comfortable with using formulas and functions in Google Sheets.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Madi Alexander, POLITICO 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Regular expressions for the rest of us

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

Regular expressions are a powerful tool when working with data. They're supported by a variety of text editors, databases and programming languages, but they can be intimidating. Get familiar with the basics of regular expressions and how they can help with your next batch of dirty data.

This session is good for: People who have ever done more than two search/replace actions to clean a data set, or had to split a ZIP code from an address or otherwise want to conquer their fears of regex.

Speaker

Justin Myers, The Associated Press 👇

Justin Myers is the data editor at The Associated Press, where he supports a team of data journalists distributed around the United States. Previously, he worked on newsroom tools, interactive graphics and data reporting projects for the AP, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the PBS NewsHour. He holds degrees in both engineering and journalism, and he lives in Chicago.

On Twitter: @myersjustinc

panel

A conversation with U.S. Census Bureau director, Robert L. Santos

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Paul Overberg, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Robert L. Santos, U.S. Census Bureau 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Source Tracking: making it part of your newsroom practice

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Description

Source diversity tracking should be a piece of every newsroom’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategies. This hands-on workshop will introduce DEIB newsroom strategy principles via a playbook or practices and strategies to bring meaningful source tracking to your newsroom and an intro to free source tracking tool built by RJI and Chalkbeat.

Speakers

Emma Carew Grovum, The Marshall Project 👇

Emma Carew Grovum is the director of careers and culture at The Marshall Project and the founder of Kimbap Media. In addition to supporting newsrooms on their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys, she is also a product strategist and leadership coach. Emma is a past fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and also worked to help build a practical guide to preparing newsrooms for source tracking.

On Twitter: @emmacarew

Will Lager, Reynolds Journalism Institute 👇

William Lager is a multidisciplinary journalist bridging the spaces between journalism, data and the public through equitable collaborations, visual storytelling, audience engagement, product and design development as a consulting journalist, product developer and multidisciplinary editor for data, graphics and audience engagement. Lager's work may be explored at wlager.com. Lager is currently the senior editor and project manager at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

On Twitter: @iniwil

panel

QAnon in Europe: Tracing a viral conspiracy through social media through collaborative journalism

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Justin-Casimir Braun, Lighthouse Reports 👇

Justin is a data journalist focused on the societal impact of digital systems, artificial intelligence and viral conspiracies. In the past, Justin has worked with AlgorithmWatch, a German digital rights organization, the Stanford Internet Observatory and various grassroots non-governmental organizations, documenting human rights violations against migrants on the Balkan Route. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University.

On Twitter: @jus_braun

Eva Constantaras, Lighthouse Reports 👇

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Tristan Lee, Bellingcat 👇

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panel

Data on the business and economics beat

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Karen K. Ho, Independent journalist 👇

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Megan Squire, Southern Poverty Law Center 👇

Dr. Megan Squire is deputy director for data analytics and OSINT at the Southern Poverty Law Center. As a computer scientist, she applies her background in data science and cybersecurity to track and expose networks of hate and extremism online.

On Twitter: @megansquire0

pre-registration - hands-on

Upping your Excel game

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 4:30 p.m. CT (135m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $25 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

If you've found yourself struggling in a spreadsheet, thinking that whatever you were trying to achieve seemed harder than it should've been, then this is the class for you. We’ll learn about various tools and functions in Excel that come in handy when you need to re-structure or otherwise get your data ready for analysis. We'll cover string functions, logical functions, date functions, reshaping data, merging data using lookup functions and perhaps a few other nifty tricks if time allows. We’ll do some “drills” introducing you to these concepts, then put your new skills to work in a sort of “scrimmage,” fixing up some real-life data. You’ll also walk out with practice data and a 30-page tipsheet that covers, in detail, everything from the class, plus more that we won’t have time for.

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

Workshop prerequisites: You should have prior experience using Excel or Google Sheets, and be comfortable with introductory-level spreadsheet skills, such as sorting, filtering, SUM and AVERAGE functions, calculations such as percentage change or percent of total, and how to use pivot tables.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster is data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she has been since 2015. She is also a senior fellow for the Center for Health Journalism's Data Fellowship program. Her previous stints include St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Center for Public Integrity, Digital First Media and a couple of small newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

pre-registration - hands-on

First GitHub Scraper

🕙 Friday (3/3) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Speakers

Iris Lee, The Los Angeles Times 👇

Iris Lee is an assistant data and graphics editor at the Los Angeles Times.

On Twitter: @irisslee

Aadit Tambe, The Washington Post 👇

Aadit Tambe works on the news design team at The Washington Post. He builds interactive stories to explain the news visually. Previously, he was a fellow at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland, and has interned at NBC News on the data and graphics team.

On Twitter: @aadittambe

Sessions starting at 3:30 p.m. CT

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Creating and serving vector map tiles using open source tools

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Description

Maps are a core component of digital journalism, but what are the options for newsrooms on a budget? In this session, we’ll cover how to use open source tools to generate vector map tiles, apply a custom style, and serve them to readers without breaking the bank.

By the end of this session, you’ll have the tools to:

- Commission a cloud computer to download and process map tiles

- Create a custom style to display the data exactly the way you want

- Publish the final result on an online service that can power your interactive maps

Speaker

Evan Wagstaff, Hearst Newspapers 👇

Evan Wagstaff is the director of newsroom engineering for Hearst Newspapers' DevHub, a team of developer journalists who create storytelling tools for local newspapers across the country.

On Twitter: @EvanWagstaff

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Hands-On with Neo4j: Introduction to graph databases, graph algorithms, and graph data visualization for data journalism

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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This hands-on session will cover how graph databases (specifically the open-source graph database Neo4j) can be used to analyze data as part of data journalism investigations. We will learn how to import and model data in a graph database, how to query the data using the Cypher query language, and how to use graph algorithms like centrality, community detection, and graph embeddings alongside graph data visualization in the context of data journalism.

This session is good for anyone who is comfortable working with data. Some experience with SQL or coding would be helpful.

Speaker

William Lyon, Neo4j 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Google Sheets: Importing and data prep

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Don't give up if your data isn't presented in a neat spreadsheet. This session will teach you how to get data into a spreadsheet and prepare it for analysis. We will look at how to import text files, deal with data in a PDF, and get a table on a web page into a spreadsheet.

This session is good for: Anyone comfortable working in Google Sheets.

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need a free Google account to participate.

Speaker

Paula Lavigne, ESPN 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Maximizing utility – a pragmatic reporter’s philosophy on data analysis

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Description

Get it done efficiently. We’ll focus on the optimal use of data skills for impactful reporting. That means exploration vs. exploitation, vetting a minimum story and hypothesis testing – or at least probing whether things that look odd to you are superlative or representative. Some technical talk, some broader ideas, hopefully a lot of healthy debate. Arizona Republic investigative reporter Andrew Ford will share his approach honed by years trying to produce enterprise work while covering cops for local newspapers and his time with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network.

This session is good for: Early-career reporters who want to chase big stories while keeping their editors happy, as well as seasoned pros who too often find themselves lost in the weeds (you’re not alone).

Speaker

Andrew Ford, The Arizona Republic 👇

Andrew Ford is an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic. He recently published a narrative investigation on a chain of clinics that was quoted by the U.S. Department of Justice in a complaint against the company. Learn more at www.AndrewFordNews.com, @AndrewFordNews. Ford is happy to take questions and partner on stories: aford@arizonarepublic.com.

On Twitter: @AndrewFordNews

panel

Data scraping and mining: What are your legal rights?

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Recent court rulings have started to clarify some of the ambiguities in state and federal laws that the powerful have wielded to interfere with data journalism — but the risk of being targeted by legal actions for investigating stories online remains. This session would discuss the latest legal developments around data journalism practices like scraping, journalists’ legal rights when it comes to those practices, and the steps journalists can take if they find themselves on the receiving end of legal threats or actions as a result of their reporting.

This session was planned in collabration with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

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panel

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Precision Journalism"

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Reporting on a military base near you using courts-martial records

🕙 Friday (3/3) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Description

The United States has three systems of justice: civilian, tribal and military.

Across the country and the globe, when service members commit a crime the offense largely goes unreported.

While the Uniform Code of Military Justice means each branch shares the same legal code, data is separately kept by each branch and records may need to be requested from individual bases, an appellate court or the public information officers. Hear from experienced military reporters discuss data and records available to report on a military post near you, the common pitfalls, story ideas and terminology crucial to this topic.

Speakers

Lexi Churchill, ProPublica/Texas Tribune 👇

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Vianna Davila, ProPublica/Texas Tribune 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Ren Larson, The Texas Tribune & ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Davis Winkie, Military Times 👇

Davis Winkie is a senior reporter covering the Army for Military Times, specializing in accountability reporting, personnel issues and military justice. He joined Military Times in 2020. Davis studied history at Vanderbilt University and UNC-Chapel Hill, writing a master's thesis about how the Cold War-era Defense Department influenced Hollywood's WWII movies.

On Twitter: @davis_winkie

Geoff Ziezulewicz, Military Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 4:45 p.m. CT

hands-on

Making maps with command-line tools

🕙 Friday (3/3) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Description

This class will be a hands-on walkthrough of the methods used by Milligan to make the map files that power live, interactive election results maps, inspired heavily by Mike Bostock's Command-Line Cartography Series. (bit.ly/cli-carto)

We'll dig into some popular JSON-based map formats, ways to convert between them, and, ultimately, how to bend them to your will. By the end we'll be able to take a Census shapefile, extract from it exactly what we need, project it, and turn it into either a static image or a TopoJSON ready for your interactive web app. And we'll do it all from the command line using open-source tools, so you can wrap it up in a script and run it again and again!

This session would be good for people with some command-line experience who are comfortable getting knee-deep in some JSON.

Speaker

Andrew Milligan, POLITICO 👇

Andrew Milligan is a senior news apps developer at POLITICO, where he specializes in live election results and other interactive presentations, building both front-end displays and back-end data pipelines. He previously worked at the Associated Press.

On Twitter: @andmilligan

Sessions starting at 5 p.m. CT

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Lightning Talks ⚡️

🕙 Friday (3/3) 5 – 6:15 p.m. CT (75m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Sometimes you don't need 45 minutes to explain a useful technique or interesting resource. Join your colleagues for a session of short (5-minute) talks about doing data journalism, web development and related topics.

Lightning Talks are sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

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Sessions starting at 6:15 p.m. CT

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Philip Meyer Award presentation and Ring of Honor recognition

🕙 Friday (3/3) 6:15 – 6:30 p.m. CT (15m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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The presentation of the 2022 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards will take place on Friday evening, directly following Lightning Talks.

The awards recognize the best uses of social research methods in journalism, and they are named in honor of Philip Meyer, author of “Precision Journalism” and retired Knight Chair in Journalism and University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

Sessions starting at 6:30 p.m. CT

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Philip Meyer Award reception

🕙 Friday (3/3) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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The presentation of the 2022 Philip Meyer Journalism Awards will take place on Friday evening, directly following Lightning Talks.

The awards recognize the best uses of social research methods in journalism, and they are named in honor of Philip Meyer, author of “Precision Journalism” and retired Knight Chair in Journalism and University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

Saturday, 3/4

Sessions starting at 9 a.m. CT

commons

How to get a seat at the data journalism table and bring more chairs with you

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speakers

Dana Cassidy, The Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Cam Rodriguez, Chalkbeat 👇

Cam Rodriguez is a data + graphics reporter at Chalkbeat. In the past, she's been a Dow Jones intern at USA TODAY, a 2020 elections fellow at the Detroit Free Press and she chased down historical oddities with WTTW/Chicago PBS, in addition to freelancing with Voice of San Diego and South Side Weekly. A recent grad-school grad, Cam was also managing editor at 14 East, DePaul University's award-winning online student magazine based in Chicago.

On Twitter: @journo_cam

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OCCRP Aleph: Learn the data tool that enables large cross-border investigations

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Kickstart your investigations with OCCRP Aleph, the leak taming, company registry matching, huge dataset wrangling tool that enables the Organized Crime Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) to launch multiple cross border projects a year. Come learn about how to conduct advanced searches, cross-reference data across multiple leaks, and create your own investigation workspace — including building network diagrams and timelines. Make use of the billions of records that OCCRP Aleph hosts for your next investigation.

This session is good for: People who are beginner Aleph users or haven't used it in a while and are interested in new features and improvements. (You do not need to code.)

Speaker

Jan Strozyk, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

hands-on

Findings and using undocumented APIs

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Speakers

Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED 👇

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Leon Yin, The Markup 👇

Leon Yin is an investigative data journalist at The Markup. He uses interdisciplinary methods and bespoke datasets to report on technology and monopolies. In 2022, he received a Gerald Loeb Award for the series "Amazon's Advantage." Before journalism, he was a research scientist at The Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University. Leon started his career writing Fortran scripts at NASA.

On Twitter: @leonyin

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Finding the story: Digging into nonprofits for fun and, um, profit

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

The IRS collects vast amounts of data on millions of hospitals, universities, cultural organizations and other nonprofit organizations. Most of that information is public. You can find it in IRS Form 990. We’ll use R to import and analyze some 990s, so bring your laptop. But you don’t need to know any R for this session and you’ll learn plenty about the nonprofit world.

This session is good for anyone who has some experience working with data.

Speaker

Ronald Campbell, NBC Owned Television Stations 👇

Ronald Campbell is data editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations. He previously created the computer-assisted reporting program at the Orange County Register. He has won the IRE Award, the Loeb Award and placed in the Philip Meyer Award. He lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife and cat. When not getting frustrated with databases he gets frustrated hiking.

On Twitter: @campbellronaldw

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R 1: Intro to R and RStudio

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Jump into data analysis with R, the powerful open-source programming language. In this class we’ll cover R fundamentals and learn our way around the RStudio interface for using R.

This session is good for: People with a basic understanding of data analysis who are ready to go beyond spreadsheets.

Speaker

Ryann Jones, ProPublica 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Going beyond 'skills-based': contextualizing data journalism for students

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Many of us who are teaching at the university level agree that data journalism courses must involve more than Excel, DataWrapper and programming languages. How can we add thoughtful analyses of the history of and contemporary issues within data journalism to hands-on data journalism courses? How can we better mesh standard skills learning with exploratory thinking on data availability, data collection and creative data? Get ideas on adding Mimi Onuoha, Teju Cole, Mona Chalabi and Catherine D'Ignazio to your syllabus, and share ideas with your fellow journalism educators!

Speaker

Nausheen Husain, Syracuse University 👇

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panel

Mining financial disclosures

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Peniley Ramirez, Futuro Media 👇

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Sara Silver, Quinnipiac University/Columbia J-School 👇

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John West, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Beyond the Dobbs story: Public health coverage in a post-Roe America

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Annette Choi, CNN 👇

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Kristen Hwang, CalMatters 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

How to use investigative techniques to hold algorithms and artificial intelligence accountable

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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pre-registration - hands-on

First Visual Story

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Learn how America’s top news organizations escape rigid content-management systems to publish custom graphics on deadline.

Take this class to get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing JavaScript, HTML and CSS within a Node.js framework. You’ll start with data from a real-life Los Angeles Times analysis. You won’t stop until you’ve crafted a custom presentation and deployed a working application on the World Wide Web.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided.

Workshop prerequisites: If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class. If you’re a little scared, that’s a good thing. You’re ready for this.

Speakers

James Thomas, The New York Times 👇

James Thomas is a software engineer on the Interactive News team at The New York Times. He often works on media-rich projects that involve reader-generated content, and works closely with editors early in the conception of stories that use the digital tools we build on INT. His reporting often examines our cultural habits around music, movement and public space.

On Twitter: @nerdishtendency

Ben Welsh, Big Local News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times 👇

Aida is a journalist at the Los Angeles Times. She works on the data and graphics desk, specializing in data analysis and visualization. A SoCal native, she graduated from UCLA, where she studied statistics and English.

On Twitter: @a1daylanan

Sessions starting at 10:15 a.m. CT

commons

Mental health for journalists and investigators

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speakers

Giancarlo Fiorella, Bellingcat 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Annique Mossou, Bellingcat 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

demo

Sneak peek of Google's new PDF-busting reporting tool

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speaker

Shlomo Urbach, Google 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

demo

Showcase: Big Local Data tools

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Serdar Tumgoren, Big Local News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

hands-on

Find public records and leaks: OCCRP Aleph

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

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Speaker

Jan Strozyk, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

hands-on

Scraping without programming

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Yes, you can scrape data without using code -- in fact, all you need is Google Sheets! We'll be using Excel-type formulas (don't worry if you don't know what those are, either) to make simple scrapers that automatically pull data into Google Sheets. It’s the best way to get around clunky websites and unhelpful PIOs!

This session is good for: Beginners who want to start using data for their stories.

Speaker

Samantha Sunne, ProPublica/WVUE 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently a ProPublica Local Reporting Fellow at WVUE, and she recently published her first book, “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting."

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

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R 2: Data analysis and plotting

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Description

We'll use the tidyverse packages dplyr and ggplot2, learning how to sort, filter, group, summarize, join, and visualize to identify trends in your data. If you want to combine SQL-like analysis and charting in a single pipeline, this session is for you.

This session is good for: People who have worked with data operations in SQL or Excel and would like to do the same in R.

Speaker

Olga Pierce, The Trace 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

How to make your data story pop on TV

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Josh Hinkle, KXAN 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Zaneta Lowe, WREG 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Supercharge your local investigation with machine learning

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Forget the buzzwords and AI hype. In this session you will learn how machine learning is helping local journalists produce groundbreaking investigations that without the technology would not be possible. From untangling a maze of subsidiaries to reveal the hedge funds that now control the single-family house market in North Carolina to uncovering the true scope of oil-well abandonment in Texas (and its associated human and environmental tragedies), the speakers will share how they combined machine learning with traditional reporting to pursue untold stories that affected the most vulnerable members of their communities. They will show and share the toolkits, templates, and data repositories they created to help other journalists reproduce their work, and will discuss tips for pitching and funding machine learning projects in small newsrooms.

This session was planned in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speakers

Clayton Aldern, Grist 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Tyler Dukes, The News & Observer 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Naveena Sadasivam, Grist 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Lucia Walinchus, The Ohio Center for Journalism, Eye On Ohio 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Using public data to uncover the hidden costs of the housing crisis

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Almost half of Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center say that housing is a significant problem where they live. Rental prices have gone up and, for many, homelessness is just an accident or health issue away. But, despite the importance of the problem and many sources of data available, some of the key questions regarding housing and homelessness remain unanswered.

One of the biggest challenges is understanding the role of landlords in rapidly gentrifying markets. San Francisco Chronicle’s Susie Neilson worked for months to uncover some of the biggest property owners in her city and will share the lessons of this work.

Gathering reliable data on homelessness is another major challenge facing journalists today. Amy DiPierro worked to explain what we know about how homelessness impacts children and schools, a side of this issue that many times is overlooked.

Speakers

Amy DiPierro, Center for Public Integrity 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Juan Pablo Garnham, Eviction Lab 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Susie Neilson, The San Francisco Chronicle 👇

Susie Neilson is a data reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle focused on housing and criminal justice. Previously, she has worked for Business Insider, NPR, The Center for Investigative Reporting and several other publications. She lives in Oakland, where she enjoys regular sightings of the official city bird and her favorite animal: the Black-crowned night heron.

On Twitter: @susieneilson

Sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. CT

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How and when to open-source your code and analysis

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Description

How many times has a fellow journalist's decision to open source code and/or data saved your life? Thanks to the generosity of the news nerd community, many of us have been able to pull methods for cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data so we can develop our own code and stories.

But what considerations go into open sourcing data and analysis? If you've ever considered open sourcing your own code, join us for this important discussion with new and veteran open sourcers as we address topics including responsibility and culpability, documentation requirements, sustainability and security.

Speakers

Alexandra Kanik, Hearst Texas 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Libby Seline, San Antonio Express-News 👇

Libby Seline is a data visualization reporter for the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle. Before coming to San Antonio, she attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked for The New York Times, the Salt Lake Tribune and the Lincoln Journal Star.

On Twitter: @LibbySeline

commons

Best practices when teaching investigative and data journalism classes

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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demo

Finding criminal justice data in public records

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Sanjin Ibrahimovic, MuckRock Foundation 👇

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demo

Investigating the big business of medical marijuana cards: questionable health claims, weak oversight, unfair rules and 1 million certification records

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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The investigative series Cannabis Card Game from Spotlight PA revealed serious flaws with Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program and deceptive practices by businesses that offer to connect patients to physicians. Reporter Ed Mahon will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how he investigated medical claims on more than 60 business websites, analyzed more than 1 million records of medical marijuana certifications, reviewed thousands of pages of public records and lawsuits and won a court battle against his state's health department. This reporting had an impact, but it was also possible with relatively simple data tools, which Mahon will discuss.

Speaker

Edward Mahon, Spotlight PA 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

hands-on

The international money trail

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

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Participants will combine their financial analysis skills with open search techniques to find the foreign filings of global financial firms, U.S. hedge funds and fraudulent companies in this workshop with Quinnipiac University professor and investigative journalist Sara Silver. The class will retrace a fraud at a Greek luxury goods chain using the filings of a U.K. subsidiary, use EU filings to shed light on secretive U.S. hedge funds and examine the charitable giving of a Mexican foundation serving as a campaign war chest.

Speaker

Sara Silver, Quinnipiac University/Columbia J-School 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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R 3: Gathering and cleaning data

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Learn how to use R to scrape data from web pages, access APIs and transform the results into usable data. This session will also focus on how to clean and structure the data you've gathered in preparation for analysis using tidyverse packages.

This session is good for: People who have used R and have a basic understanding of how to retrieve data from APIs.

Speaker

Sean Mussenden, University of Maryland 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Navigating the federal FOIA long game

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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The Freedom of Information Act can serve as a gateway to vital information about how the federal government is operating at the national, state, and local levels, but too often journalists are stonewalled — sometimes for years — when requesting records under the law. This session would cover strategies to find success in the FOIA long game: from how to request expedited processing, make progress using what's available, and stay motivated while pursuing records, to where to find free legal resources and support to craft administrative appeals and take legal action to compel agencies to comply with the law.

This session was planned in collabration with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speaker

Beryl Lipton, Electronic Frontier Foundation 👇

Beryl Lipton is an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation focused on government transparency and law enforcement surveillance technology. Beryl has extensive experience using freedom of information laws and large-scale public records campaigns in her research, and she enjoys sharing what’s she’s learned with others. Beryl is a board member for Boston’s Spare Change News and contributes to Gannett New York’s work accessing police disciplinary and other public safety records.

On Twitter: @_blip_

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Telling data stories in audio

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

Numbers are notoriously confusing on the air, so here’s an hour of tips and tricks to accurately and effectively share your findings on the radio or in a TV broadcast.

Speakers

Kelly Kenoyer, WHQR 👇

Kelly Kenoyer is a reporter and host at WHQR, the NPR affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina. She produces long-form and investigative podcasts alongside short-form work.

On Twitter: @kelly_kenoyer

Ben Schachtman, WHQR Public Media 👇

Ben Schachtman is a journalist and editor with a focus on local government accountability. He began reporting for Port City Daily in the Wilmington area in 2016 and took over as managing editor there in 2018. He’s a graduate of Rutgers College and later received his master's degree from New York University and his PhD from State University New York-Stony Brook, both in English Literature. He loves spending time with his wife and playing rock 'n' roll very loudly.

On Twitter: @ben_schachtman

Nathan Stevens, The Post and Courier 👇

Nathan Stevens has worked in broadcast for over a decade, at NPR, UNESCO and other programs, and has personally launched four podcasts for different institutions.

On Twitter: @N/A

panel

Keeping it local: Inspiring regional reporters to use data journalism tools for their stories

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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In this session, we'll talk about how national outlets can work with local reporters to produce data stories for their own communities.

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Sessions starting at 2:15 p.m. CT

commons

Data blitz

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Like Lightning Talks, but for data. Five presenters will guide you through their favorite datasets.

To propose presenting a dataset, fill out this form by February 3.

Speaker

Jeremy Singer-Vine, The Data Liberation Project 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

demo

Sharing your rapid Python analysis with the newsroom using Google Sheets

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Want to have fast analysis ready for reporters right when an anticipated data set is released? Learn how to connect your python analysis to reporter-friendly Google Sheets. At The Texas Tribune, we created a pipeline that quickly cleans and analyses data to create Google Sheets for reporters to use in their breaking news stories the minute the data is released. I'll share tips and tricks on how you can adapt it for your newsroom.

Speaker

Carla Astudillo, The Texas Tribune 👇

Carla Astudillo is a senior data visuals developer with a focus on elections and political data at The Texas Tribune. Previously, she was a data and interactive visuals journalist at NJ.com and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey.

On Twitter: @carla_astudi

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Who's behind that website?

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Reporting online today, journalists must battle with astroturf campaigns, fake news sites and sketchy shell companies to find out who is behind the story. Usually it leads to a frustratingly common question: Who is behind this website?

Using a range of tools (free and otherwise), we walk you through how to investigate the provenance and ownership of websites: how can you identify the scope and scale of the network it belongs to — if any? Who’s behind the site, now and in the past? Who are the main actors promoting this website? Where else does this site crop up?

While it is not always possible to fully unmask the owner of a site, using a thorough checklist of tools and techniques that we have used in real-world investigations, we can help you make sure to reveal as much as possible about a website, and potentially uncover important clues.

Speakers

Pri Bengani, Columbia University 👇

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Jon Keegan, The Markup 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

hands-on

Stats in R

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Learn how to use R to spot trends and identify relationships in data using social science theories and methods. In this session, we will use R for statistical significance tests, cross-tabulations and linear regression.

This session is good for: Anyone who is comfortable working with spreadsheets and database managers and wants to learn how to do basic statistical analysis. Some experience with R will be helpful.

Speaker

Holly Hacker, Kaiser Health News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Using geographic data to find disparities in the news

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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The stories found in geographic data don’t affect everyone the same, and Census data can help reveal these inequities. POLITICO editor Sean McMinn will talk through how they did these sorts of stories while working together at NPR, then will do a hands-on walkthrough to teach you how to:

• Find geographic data

• Combine Census demographic and shapefile data in QGIS

• Cross Census data with geocoded data

You must bring your own laptop (no tablets) to participate in this class, and you will need to have QGIS3 installed in order to participate.

Speaker

Sean McMinn, POLITICO 👇

Sean McMinn is the editor of data and graphics at POLITICO. His team specializes in covering policy and politics through a data-focused lens. Sean also teaches at Northwestern University's D.C. masters program. He was previously a data journalist at NPR and CQ Roll Call, and he is excited to see his country music and data journalism passions collide in Nashville!

On Twitter: @shmcminn

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PDF processing with command-line tools

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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This class seeks to help you solve a common problem in journalism: Data stored in PDFs. We'll first walk through extracting text from a computer-generated PDF using a command-line tool. Then we'll step up to Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, to work on freeing data from image files.

This session is good for: People with experience using their computer's command-line interface.

Speaker

Chad Day, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Chad Day covers national politics for The Wall Street Journal and teaches data journalism at Georgetown University.

On Twitter: @ChadSDay

panel

Next steps after ‘no’: What to do when your records request is denied

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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You’ve asked for the public information that will form the basis of your reporting, but government agencies are delaying responses to your records requests, or denying them altogether. What now? This session would cover tips and tricks for journalists who want to understand ways to help federal, state, and local public agencies respond to their records requests more quickly, appeal public records denials, look for records that might be public in other places, and everything in between.

This session was planned in collabration with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. IRE retains control of content, including the topic and speaker selection, for all conference sessions.

Speakers

Jason Leopold, Bloomberg 👇

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Gunita Singh, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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How to write with numbers

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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When it comes time to write your data-driven story, there are ways you can ensure that you convey your findings in the most powerful way possible and at the same time avoid burying your readers in numbers. This session will give you tips for avoiding number clutter, conveying your findings in ways that readers will understand and some other general guidance for using numbers in stories. We'll spend some time looking at real-life examples and talking about ways to make them better.

Speaker

MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster is data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she has been since 2015. She is also a senior fellow for the Center for Health Journalism's Data Fellowship program. Her previous stints include St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Center for Public Integrity, Digital First Media and a couple of small newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

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R: Introduction to statistics

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

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Statistics can help you find newsworthy patterns by measuring relationships. This class will help you correctly interpret and report using methods such as correlation, linear regression, and t-test. It will help you visualize data and apply statistical significance. This class is for anyone with some spreadsheet knowledge and a little exposure to R Studio.

Speaker

Norm Lewis, University of Florida 👇

Norm Lewis is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida, where he has been since getting his doctorate in 2007. Before that, he was a journalist for 25 years, ranging from editor of smaller dailies to The Washington Post financial desk. In addition to creating five data journalism courses at UF, he conducts statistics-based social science research into news culture for peer-reviewed journals.

On Twitter: @bikeprof

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Practical machine learning with Python

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 2:15 – 5:45 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Speaker

Jonathan Soma, Columbia University 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 3:30 p.m. CT

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AI art creation: Uses and emerging issues in small newsrooms

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Edgehill – Meeting Space Level 2

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Speakers

Huyen Nguyen, AQ Miller School of Media and Communication, Kansas State University 👇

Huyen Nguyen (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2020) is a teaching assistant professor at Kansas State University. She teaches courses in immersive storytelling, interactive journalism design, creative design and content distribution. Her research interests include media economics and visual communication. Her works have been presented at many national and regional conferences in America. Prior to entering academia, she was a magazine reporter and editor in Vietnam.

On Twitter: @ntnhuyen

Kelsey Volk, Kansas State Collegian 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

demo

Introducing moneyinpolitics.wtf, a new campaign-finance dictionary made by and for data journalists

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Description

moneyinpolitics.wtf is an open-source website that aims to be America's most comprehensive glossary of political fundraising jargon. Come check it out and tell us how it could improve — and maybe even be useful one day.

Speakers

Agustin Armendariz, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists 👇

Agustin Armendariz is ICIJ's senior data reporter. Prior to joining ICIJ Agustin was a reporter at The New York Times. He's also worked for the Center for Investigative Reporting, San Diego Union-Tribune and the Center for Public Integrity. Most people call him Augie.

On Twitter: @agustin_icij

Anupama Narayanswamy, The Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Ben Welsh, Big Local News 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Derek Willis, University of Maryland 👇

Derek is a lecturer in data and computational journalism at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and co-founder of OpenElections. He is an IRE member since 1995 and alumnus of lots of great news organizations.

On Twitter: @derekwillis

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Finding the story: Policing and crime data

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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📝 Description coming soon!

Speaker

Steven Rich, The Washington Post 👇

Steven Rich is a database editor for investigations at The Washington Post. He was a member of IRE's board of directors from 2015-2021.

On Twitter: @dataeditor

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Scraping without programming (repeat)

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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📝 Description coming soon!

Speaker

Samantha Sunne, ProPublica/WVUE 👇

Samantha Sunne is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is currently a ProPublica Local Reporting Fellow at WVUE, and she recently published her first book, “Data + Journalism: A Story-Driven Approach to Learning Data Reporting."

On Twitter: @samanthasunne

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Datasette: An ecosystem of tools for exploring data and collaborating on data projects

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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Speaker

Simon Willison, Independent journalist 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Suspicion machine: Expose algorithmic bias in welfare fraud detection

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Eva Constantaras, Lighthouse Reports 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Gabriel Geiger, Lighthouse Reports 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Dhruv Mehrotra, WIRED 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

panel

Tools for statehouse reporting

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Jeremy Finley, WSMV 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Beyond checking the facts: Tracing the spread of misinformation to the source

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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📝 Description coming soon!

Speaker

Christopher Guess, Duke University Reporters' Lab 👇

Christopher is a journalist and computer scientist who leads technology development at Duke University's Reporters' Lab focusing on misinformation and fact-checking. Previously he has been an ICFJ Knight Fellow at OCCRP based in Europe for multiple years and began his journalism career as a photojournalist follows by cofounder numerous tech start ups in New York.

On Twitter: @cguess

panel

Census 2020: Get ready for Round 2

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Ronald Campbell, NBC Owned Television Stations 👇

Ronald Campbell is data editor for the NBC Owned Television Stations. He previously created the computer-assisted reporting program at the Orange County Register. He has won the IRE Award, the Loeb Award and placed in the Philip Meyer Award. He lives in Orange County, CA, with his wife and cat. When not getting frustrated with databases he gets frustrated hiking.

On Twitter: @campbellronaldw

Paul Overberg, The Wall Street Journal 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

MaryJo Webster, Star Tribune 👇

MaryJo Webster is data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, where she has been since 2015. She is also a senior fellow for the Center for Health Journalism's Data Fellowship program. Her previous stints include St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Center for Public Integrity, Digital First Media and a couple of small newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Twitter: @MaryJoWebster

Sessions starting at 4:45 p.m. CT

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Code Buddies: Get help on your data project

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Need help on a data project? Having trouble figuring out how to use that cool tool you learned about in another session? Just want to network with some other news nerds? Stop by this session and get one-on-one help from experienced data journalists who would be delighted to help you solve your problems.

Speaker

Alexandra Kanik, Hearst Texas 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Finding the story: 311 data

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: 5 Points 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

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Speaker

Janelle O'Dea, The Center for Public Integrity 👇

Janelle O'Dea started recently as a data reporter for the Center for Public Integrity after five years in the same role at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She likes Python, pandas and cats.

On Twitter: @jayohday

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Gathering data with APIs

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Sylvan Park – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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In this hands-on session, we'll learn how to use data from Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enhance reporting and augment data from other sources. This session will cover how APIs fit in with other sources of data, a basic understanding of the web technologies that make them work, using some desktop tools to fetch data from API endpoints and sharing useful APIs and tools for journalism.

Some basic data analysis skills and knowledge of coding concepts is helpful, but not required.

Speaker

Geoff Hing, The Marshall Project 👇

Geoff Hing is a data reporter who has worked as part of investigative, data and news applications teams in a number of newsrooms. He has covered demographic change, prisons, voting rights and policing. He is interested in collaborative, multidisciplinary practice in journalism. Geoff lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys DIY music, reading, trail running, mountain biking and visiting communities around the state.

On Twitter: @geoffhing

panel

Public records for your beat

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 2 – Lobby Level

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Speakers

Mike Reicher, The Seattle Times 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

K. Sophie Will, FiscalNote CQ Roll Call 👇

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Building an interactive map in the newsroom: How to bring skills and talent together

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Barnaby Skinner, Neue Zürcher Zeitung 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Tools and tricks for tracking "shadow" campaigns ahead of 2024

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speaker

Anna Massoglia, CRP 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Behind the story: Data dives on the crime beat

🕙 Saturday (3/4) 4:45 – 5:45 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Grand Ballroom 3 – Lobby Level

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A data deep dive into some of the best data journalism of 2022. Hear from reporters on how they gathered, cleaned, analyzed and visualized the data behind some of the year's biggest stories.

Speaker

Dylan Purcell, The Philadelphia Inquirer 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sunday, 3/5

Sessions starting at 9 a.m. CT

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Data of divides (repeat)

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 9 – 10 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 2 – Meeting Space Level 2 (BYO laptop lab)

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Doing data-driven inequality stories often means using statistical tools. This will be a quick overview of some of the key tools available in R.

This session is good for: People who have basic R skills.

Speaker

Jennifer LaFleur, Center for Public Integrity 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Web scraping with Python

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 3 – Meeting Space Level 2 (PC lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $40 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

💪 Skill level: Intermediate

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If you need data that's trapped on a website, writing some code to scrape the page could be your solution. This entry-level class will show you how to use the Python programming language to harvest information from websites into a data file. We'll introduce you to the command line and show you how to write enough code to fetch and parse content on the web.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided.

Workshop prerequisites: This class is programming for beginners. Some basic familiarity with Python and HTML is helpful but not required.

Speaker

Cody Winchester, IRE & NICAR 👇

Cody was a newspaper reporter, data specialist and web developer before joining IRE as a training director in 2017. He became the organization's tech director in 2022.

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Exploring data in R with the Tidyverse (continued)

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: Midtown 1 – Meeting Space Level 2 (Mac lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

⚠️ This session will take place over multiple days.

💪 Skill level: Advanced

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Learn how to use the tidyverse, a collection of R packages, to help you make your data journalism more efficient, stronger and more fun. Learn how to import, clean, analyze and plot data for your stories. If you want to modernize your R workflow with dplyr, tidyr, readr, ggplot2, tibble and purr, this class is for you. This workshop assumes some familiarity with R and RStudio, or programming experience in another language (e.g., Python or JavaScript), but will start from the beginning with tidyverse principles.

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

Workshop prerequisites: You should be comfortable working with R and RStudio and be familiar with basic data analysis.

Speakers

Liz Lucas, IRE & NICAR 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Andrew Ba Tran, Washington Post 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

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Digging into data for stories: A crash course in spreadsheets (continued)

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (210m)

🚪 Room: 12 South 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1 (BYO laptop lab)

⚠️ This session requires pre-registration and an additional fee of $75 to reserve a seat. Note: You must purchase a conference ticket before you can buy a ticket for this session.

⚠️ This session will take place over multiple days.

💪 Skill level: Beginner

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Get started using data in your stories with IRE's mini-boot camp. In this 6-hour, hands-on workshop, IRE’s experienced trainers will start with the basics of navigating Google Sheets and using formulas, then walk you through sorting, filtering and aggregating data with pivot tables to find story ideas. You'll come away with a solid base for analyzing data in your newsroom, including how to find and request data, identify and clean dirty data, find story ideas and make your work ironclad. We’ll also provide you with our detailed boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Attendees will need to bring their own laptop for the training and must have a Google account.

Speakers

Laura Moscoso, IRE & NICAR 👇

Laura Moscoso is a Puerto Rican journalist and training director for IRE & NICAR. Laura is a professor focusing on data, visualization tools and media literacy.

On Twitter: @LauraC_Moscoso

Adam Rhodes, IRE & NICAR 👇

Adam M. Rhodes is a first-generation Cuban American journalist whose work primarily focuses on queer people and the criminal legal system. Their recent work has examined HIV treatment access in Puerto Rico, HIV criminalization in Illinois, and a homophobic capital murder trial in the state. Rhodes was most recently a staff writer and social justice reporter at the Chicago Reader, and they have been published in outlets including BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post.

On Twitter: @byadamrhodes

Sessions starting at 10:15 a.m. CT

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Building your own AI editors

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 1&2 – Meeting Space Level 1

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🔊 Speaker details coming soon!

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How to analyze freely-available real estate data to tell your community's story

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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The housing market has come to dominate the news lately, as mortgage rates have risen in an attempt to fight inflation, and having the additional effect of cooling off the real estate market after years of meteoric rises in home values. This came after decades of a widespread housing shortage, which had driven up values already, all working together to push home affordability—and in many ways the American Dream—out of reach for many. Making sense of this through data is where we can help. Realtor.com provides free, near-realtime housing market data that can be used to tell this story at any level, from national or statewide trends, down to the real estate dynamics at city or even ZIP code level. In this session, we will show NICAR attendees how to get and use Realtor.com's data, so they can immediately begin producing thorough, data-driven reporting on the housing market. Attendees will be able to take what they learn in this session and generate analyses that use time-series data, supply-and-demand metrics and even pairing Realtor.com's data with Census Bureau data to produce correlations between the housing market and demographics, as well as creating maps that illustrate the data.

Speakers

Hannah Jones, Realtor.com 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Evan Wyloge, Realtor.com 👇

Evan Wyloge is a data journalist at Realtor.com, where he covers real estate trends.

On Twitter: @EvanWyloge

panel

Tracking nursing home data amid state and federal staffing reforms

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: Broadway Ballroom 3 – Meeting Space Level 1

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Speakers

Jayme Fraser, USA TODAY / Gannett 👇

Jayme Fraser is an investigative data journalist for USA TODAY based in Montana. She focuses primarily on inequities and the solutions to them, empowering readers with analysis to back up experiences that might otherwise be dismissed as anecdotal. She is interested in policies that support inclusion in the newsroom. Recently, her work has focused on nursing homes, corporate diversity and COVID-19. She uses R but started in Excel.

On Twitter: @jaymekfraser

Sidnee King, Illinois Answers 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Caitlin McGlade, Arizona Republic 👇

Speaker bio coming soon!

Sessions starting at 11:30 a.m. CT

demo

Introduction to Flourish

🕙 Sunday (3/5) 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT (60m)

🚪 Room: SoBro – Meeting Space Level 1

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Learn how to build customized visualizations without coding in this demonstration on Flourish: a free online tool.

This session is good for anyone familiar with spreadsheets. No dataviz experience is required.

Speaker

Laura Moscoso, IRE & NICAR 👇

Laura Moscoso is a Puerto Rican journalist and training director for IRE & NICAR. Laura is a professor focusing on data, visualization tools and media literacy.

On Twitter: @LauraC_Moscoso