Lynda Requirement – Zhiyan Zhong
By Zhiyan Zhong
April 27, 2017
Instead of writing a blog post about what I learned on Lynda.com, I decided to write about my experience at the Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Conference held by the IRE and NICAR in March, which was an amazing learning experience.
At the CAR conference, I learned a variety of topics, from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to filing FOIA requests and data visualization. My biggest takeaways from the conference was learning how to build my first news app.
The concept of building a news application was totally new to me and I still haven’t totally understood each stage of the process. But the course has definitely cleared up some confusions I had about news apps before and taught me the logic of building such an app, which I think is more important than being able to code everything on my own. Understanding the logic will allow me to apply the concept to other projects and dig deeper later. I can make unique interactive data visualization with the knowledge I learned from the class. This is also helpful for our dataviz class. Especially for my final project about farmers markets, it would be useful to make an interactive map listing every market in the state by creating a news app. I didn’t end up making it because I didn’t know how to put the news app to our class website and there are other good mapping tools available, but I will definitely look into it when I have time.
All in all, it was a very helpful training and I was inspired to explore more possibilities with the knowledge I learned.