Computer-Assisted Reporting (JOUR 4430/7430)
Frequently asked questions
What are your options for taking computer assisted reporting?
- The regular class, with two sections each offered in the fall and spring semesters
- The CAR bootcamps, offered three times a year during school-year breaks
How do the classes differ?
The regular class moves at a slower pace and offers more reinforcement about using Structured Query Language (SQL). Also, you’ll get more context about how CAR fits into reporting, graphics and web applications. You’ll be graded on your participation, homework assignments, individual data negotiation and final group project.
The IRE and NICAR bootcamp is a designed for working journalists and moves at a faster clip. You’ll be graded on your participation and a small individual project, which is due two weeks after the end of the training session.
Do you need a permission number to register for the semester-long class?
Probably not. You should be able to register on MyZou if the enrollment cap for each section has not been reached. Note that MyZou may wrongly tell you that you need a permission number. Go ahead and try to register anyway. If you still cannot register, shoot me an email at herzogd [at] missouri . edu.
How can you register for the bootcamp?
You will need to get a permission number from me because seats are limited. IRE and NICAR sets aside two seats for Mizzou journalism students in each boot camp. In addition, you will need to join IRE as a student member ($25 a year).
Do I keep a waiting list for the semester-long class?
No. If you’re unable to get a seat in the class and want to get in, please keep your eye on MyZou for openings.
Do I keep a waiting list for the boot camps?
Yes, demand for the seats is extremely high. The seats are often committed to students six months in advance.
Can you take either of the classes for 2 cr.?
No, though you might see that information in error on MyZou.
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