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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

BlogNashville's CARR Boot Camp Convenes at Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute

I am in Nashville tonight preparing for the Database 101/201 Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting (CARR) Boot Camp tomorrow and Friday that is part of the BlogNashville festivities hosted by the Media Bloggers Association.

The CARR boot camp here in Nashville for MBA covers the same two-day curriculum we cover at the National Press Club, with one major exception. I left a daily newspaper newsroom to join The Heritage Foundation in 1999 to start the CARR Boot Camp program which has since graduated more than 200 editors, producers, reporters, researchers and graphics artists representing virtually every major MSM organization in the country. The program is the main product of Heritage's Center for Media and Public Policy, of which I am the Director.

For the MBA and BlogNashville, I invited the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities to join with Heritage in hosting the CARR boot camp, as a means of assuring everybody concerned that the program provides an unbiased seminar in using statistical analyses to generate news stories on public policy issues that would otherwise go unreported. As a result, CBPP's David Kamin is leading the first session after lunch tomorrow.

The BlogNashville CARR Boot Camp is being held in the Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute near Vanderbilt University. We have a full house of bloggers from across the country signed up for the two-day seminar and I am tremendously excited to be able to bring this event to the MBA. If you were unable to join us this time, don't worry, as it is likely we will host another two-day CARR boot camp in the Fall at our regular location, the National Press Club's Bloomberg Training Center in Washington, D.C.

If you would like more information on the CARR program, go here. And if you want to know more about MBA, go here. For BlogNashville information, go here.