Welcome to Louisville!
If this is your first CAR Conference, you've joined us at a good time. More and more newsrooms are learning the importance of data and using it in a variety of ways, from adding depth and precision to stories, to creating increasingly elaborate interactive web tools and phone apps that allow the public to dig into the numbers.
As always, this conference is designed for journalists of all skill levels. We've got sessions for beginners, including hands-on classes that introduce you to spreadsheets. We've got sessions that bring you the latest developments on the CAR frontier, including a deep dive into data science. And we've got panels that cover everything in between.
If you're wondering what's right for you, check out the CAR Guides on our website, which offer sample schedules for those of all skill levels. If you want to see what the best in the business are uncovering using CAR skills, attend the Philip Meyer Award reception on Friday evening. And if you want to make connections that will help you now and in the future, strike up a conversation in the halls, over lunch or in the bar.
Whatever you do, take full advantage of the next four days. The communities you cover are counting on you.
Mark Horvit, IRE Executive Director