Posts tagged 'National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting'

Learning how to make the most of our data at NICAR

Posted: March 1, 2014 | Tags: campaign finance, Federal Election Commission, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalism, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, reporting, Workshop news

Reporters are increasingly using data to find stories. At NICAR's annual conference, where 1,000 journalists are gathering in Baltimore this year, reporters, editors, programmers and datavisualization experts are sharing best practices for acquiring databases or building their own. 

A session on Federal Election Campaign (FEC) data, led by Aaron Bycoffe, Jack Gillum, and Chris Schnaars, focused on how to gain access to the publicly available but highly obfuscated records that show who donated what to political campaigns. The speakers said just 150 people accounted for $810 billion worth of donations to Super PACs in the 2012 presidential race ...

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NICAR Conference: Focus on products, tools, utilities

Posted: Feb. 27, 2012 | Tags: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Matt Waite, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

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Last year, after the annual National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conference, I suggested that a new group of “journalysts” is transforming the practice of journalism. Many of them come, at least indirectly, from training or experience in computer science.

Last week, when NICARIANs gathered again in St. Louis, yet another iteration of the field was on display: A new focus on products and tools, even if they aren’t directly related to the “journalism” of a news organization.

One clear example of this was a presentation by Ryan Pitts, manager of online operations at the Spokane, Wash., Spokesman-Review, who ...

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Welcome to the new field of “journalitics”

Posted: March 1, 2011 | Tags: Institute for Analytic Journalism, Investigative Reporters and Editors, journalitics, journalysts, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, NICAR, Phil Meyer, Precision Journalism, Steve Doig, Tom Johnson

I spent last week, along with more than 400 others, attending the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Raleigh, N.C. It was an invigorating and exciting time – the largest CAR conference in about a decade. 

And I came away convinced that we are seeing the emergence of a new field, which I am going to call “journalitics,” that is, the combination of journalism with analytical tools. Those who practice it are not merely “journalists,” but rather, “journalysts.” And these new practitioners were on full display at the NICAR conference. They bring not just new skills, but also new ...

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