Events and Training

Events and training

One of IRE's primary purposes is educating fellow journalists in the latest techniques of finding, understanding and reporting on stories. We are proud to say we have crisscrossed the country with our seminars and workshops and have even reached overseas.

We offer several types of training, from computer-assisted reporting boot camps to focused, multi-day workshops to train investigative reporting techniques. To learn how to create your own training program, check out bringing specialized training to you.


The IRE training blog

On the Road

A weekend of Watchdog Workshops

IRE traveled to Los Angeles, Tucson and Laramie last weekend for a trio of Watchdog Workshops. Attendees shared their tips and ideas on Twitter.

Our Los Angeles workshop at USC featured IRE trainer Jaimi Dowdell, independent journalist Ronald Campbell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter/assistant editor Ellen Gabler, NBC Bay Area reporter Jenna Suskoand Los Angeles Times legal counsel Jeff Glasser.

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Missed the 2014 New York Watchdog Workshop? We’ve got you covered.

IRE last week brought its popular Watchdog Workshop series to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 250 people attended the event, which included two extra tracks focused on financial and data journalism.

The financial sessions focused on tools to investigate stocks and commodities, hedge funds and more, with speakers from Bloomberg, Reuters, the Times and the Journal. The data track included information on visualization, cybersecurity, storytelling and more, with additional speakers from organizations including ESPN, WNYC and more.

Throughout the two-day event, attendees shared quotes, tips and notes on Twitter using #watchdogworkshop.

Walt Bogdanich, an assistant editor for investigations ...

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IRE trains at Temple's Center for Public Interest Journalism

Last week IRE's Jaimi Dowdell and Liz Lucas led a four-day boot camp in data analysis at Temple University's Center for Public Interest Journalism.

The Center for Public Interest Journalism sponsored the training, lowering the cost from $800 to $200. Participants learned to clean and analyze data using Microsoft Excel and Structured Query Language with Microsoft Access. They also learned how to find data, craft records requests and negotiate for electronic information.

Participants included journalists from the following organizations:

  • The Center for Public Integrity
  • CNNMoney
  • Fort Worth Weekly
  • Metrowest Daily News
  • Philadelphia City Paper
  • Philadelphia Weekly
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Alfred Friendly Fellow falls in love with Excel during IRE training

By Mugambi Mutegi

Editor's note: in July, IRE hosted the 2013 class of Alfred Friendly Fellows for training in training in computer-assisted and investigative reporting, covering Excel spreadsheets and more. One of the fellows, Mugambi Mutegi, wrote about his experience using Excel for the Alfred Friendly Press Partners, republished below.

In the short time I have been alive, I had not until recently come across anybody who, upon using MS Excel for the first time, instantly fell in love with the program.

I’m sure such people exist, but I can hazard that they do not exceed six – worldwide ...

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LaCrosse Tribune reporter turns IRE training into data-driven stories for community

In March, LaCrosse Tribune reporter Chris Hubbuch attended an IRE training event in Wisconsin, where introductions to Excel and data-driven journalism were on the agenda. Since then, he’s produced data-driven stories on foreclosures, property values, crime and waste. He even revelaed that the LaCrosse mayor's pet license was out of date. Using federal data, the LaCrosse Tribune turned a story on deadline showing disparities in hospital charges, complete with an interactive data visualization. Here’s a look at some of the LaCrosse Tribune stories that IRE training helped make possible:

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