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The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) is a program of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. and the Missouri School of Journalism. Since 1989, NICAR has trained thousands of journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information and also maintains a library of databases containing government data on a wide array of subjects, available for purchase by IRE members.
Search our databases and find the data you need for your investigation
If you need data cleaned, analyzed or mapped, NICAR can help
Attend our conference or one of our boot camps or explore our tutorials
What's in it?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose certain timely and annual information about campus crime and security policies. All public and private institutions of postsecondary education participating in federal student aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 are subject to it. The ...Read more ...
By Jennifer Johnson, The Grand Forks Herald
Spreadsheet programs like Excel have always intimidated me. Sure, I dabbled in them a few times. I pulled up pre-formatted sheets and leafed through them. I used basic formulas and figured out percentages. And I also attended a two-day IRE training with fellow reporters at the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, where I'm the education reporter.
Anyone with experience will tell you that the only way to learn a program is by consistent use. Our newsroom had the training in February and by the time I started the project in earnest last ...Read more ...
This was originally published on the ProPublica Nerd Blog.
By Ryann Grochowski Jones, ProPublica
I think I’m a decent arbiter of people’s appreciation of data. I worked at IRE’s data library as a grad student and I’ve attended four consecutive NICAR conferences. At ProPublica, I work with complex data sets every day. I help run our data store, so I can see how excited data-savvy reporters can get when working with great data sets. So you’ll forgive me if I viewed attending Health Datapalooza with a small bit of skepticism. Surely, I thought, a bunch ...Read more ...
Ever wanted to scrape data from the web but didn't know how? Here's your chance to learn. We're offering two sessions on web scraping at the IRE Conference in San Francisco, June 26-29.
In addition to that, Helium Scraper has given us some coupon codes for a limited number of IRE members to receive 50 percent off the PC software cost of $99. Helium Scraper provides a point-and-click interface for grabbing valuable data locked in web pages.
Anyone interested in the coupon should email Jaimi Dowdell, IRE’s senior training director, at email@example.com. Coupons are ...Read more ...
See this post and more like it at NICAR talk, our data blog: ire.org/nicar
Mike Soraghan is an oil and gas reporter at EnergyWire (an arm of E&E Publishing) and former NICAR bootcamper from 2013. For those of you who have been to bootcamp, you remember Open Lab, held (almost) every night after class wraps up for the day. Even back then, Mike was toiling over some nasty-looking data on oil spills.
Last month EnergyWire published Mike's story about smaller oil spills, the kind of spills that don't usually make it into the news but ...Read more ...
WHAT’S IN IT?
Law enforcement agencies around the country voluntarily* submit reports to the FBI on what are known as "index" crimes: Murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft and arson. These crimes are meant to serve as an index for gauging fluctuations in both the overall volume and rate of crime. The data include the number of crimes by agency and by month. Geographic ...Read more ...