Tweeting from and about NICAR11

The “from” wasn’t me — I wasn’t able to go to Raleigh for the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting weekend session, but I tried to follow the action on Twitter, where the event’s followers are posting with the “hashtag” #nicar11.

I “RT” retweeted links shared by some participants, and was surprised to find myself “curated” at by another guy who couldn’t attend.

See Mo’s page.

Ed Borasky tried something similar here, using — I’ll have to check to see which social networking tool broke the link in my post about Phil Meyer’s math test, which has a tilde in the middle (

On Ed’s Curated page, only the main UNC address is a link; the rest of the address is just text. I don’t know whether to blame “,” Twitter itself, or Seesmic, which I used to post the tweet.

In any case, all future journalists are encouraged to take the test. And my own students are encouraged to notice the “byline” on the answer sheet.

I also appear to be in a New Media Daily aggregation — despite the fact that I wasn’t at the conference and was mostly retweeting items of interest and thanking people for presenting such great stuff. Maybe these “curator” sites need humans filtering out the “RT” retweets to give the original authors credit.

Now I’m testing whether I can get these links into my blog using only my phone — so that I can find it and read it when I’m a bigger screen — or when my eyes are 20 years younger!

I also tried to embed Mo’s list in this blog, one of the features of that I hadn’t tried, but the first attempt didn’t work — possibly a limitation in because of the script format. Too technical to fiddle with from the Droid before breakfast.

OK, it still doesn’t work after breakfast either. But the Mo’s page link will get you there.

For an impressive lists of direct links to resources mentioned at the conference, try the official conference blog and Chris Wu’s compilation of data-visualizing tools.

I haven’t had time to look at many of the links, but the most impressive tutorial I’ve seen among all the tweets and retweets deserves a link of its own, the “story behind the story” on this LA Times article on redevelopment:

At the NICAR11 conference, Michelle Minkoff explained the Web construction techniques involved, which includes scripting from a popular Javascript library called jquery. She included her presentation slides and more on her online data-tables walkthrough. I’ll recommend it to a few Web production students who have already had courses in javascript.

Wish I had more time to follow more of these links myself, but part of the same pile of class-preparation and grading that kept me from going to Raleigh is still waiting.

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

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