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Improve your watchdog skills for just $10 this summer

It’s the best deal you can get in the nation’s capital. For $10, you can learn investigative techniques from some of the best journalists in the country. Yes, $10.

IRE’s Watchdog Workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on August 13. The workshop will take place at the AAJA annual conference, but it’s open to all journalists and students. Non-AAJA members are welcome to attend and you don’t have register for the full conference.

Check out our full line-up here: http://www.ire.org/events-and-training/event/1513/

Watch live: Google Hangout on execution secrecy

Today starting at 12 p.m. CDT we’ll be talking about how to investigate the death penalty and shed light on secrecy surrounding lethal injection practices. To watch the broadcast and submit questions, click here. You can also tweet us questions at @IRE_NICAR using the hashtag #IREHangout.

We’ll be joined by four journalists who have been covering executions: Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa World, Chris McDaniel of St. Louis Public Radio, Brian Haas of The Tennessean and Della Hasselle, a contributor to The Lens.

After the broadcast, the recording will be posted to our Hangouts page.

Web scraping: Sessions, tools and a discount

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 jaimi@ire.org. Coupons are ...

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Web scraping: Tools, sessions and a discount

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 jaimi@ire.org. Coupons are ...

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Learn to write code, build a web scraper at our September workshop

IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School are offering a special workshop Sept. 4-7 that will introduce the basics of newsroom programming by teaching how to build one of the simplest but most useful tools in a data journalist's toolbox: a web scraper designed to automate the downloading of data. The workshop will also teach basic data-cleaning skills needed to prepare a dataset of public records for analysis. 

The course will be taught using Python, but the concepts will be applicable to any programming language. We'll cover topics like how to write and run code, how computer ...

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IRE and Esri mapping fellowships awarded

IRE and Esri, the leading commercial publisher of geographic information system (GIS) software, have awarded 13 fellowships to attend Esri's annual International User Conference and IRE's mapping bootcamp.

Fellowships to the User Conference July 13-17 in San Diego were awarded to:

  • Leslie Griffy, Independent journalist
  • Chris Hanson, KTRK-Houston
  • Glenn Howatt, The Star Tribune
  • Ingrid Lobet, Houston Chronicle
  • Hoa Nguyen, The Journal News
  • Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune
  • Haoyun Su, The Indianapolis Star
  • Lynn Walsh, E. W. Scripps Co.
  • Dale Willman, Saratoga Wire
  • Fedor Zarkhin, The Palm Beach Post

Fellowships to the mapping boot camp Aug. 8-10 in Columbia, Mo ...

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IRE Preview: Improve your data skills with our hands-on classes

Erica Proffer, KRGV-TV, listens during a hands-on class at the 2013 IRE Conference.

Get skills to help you dig into your next story with hands-on classes at IRE in San Francisco. If you're looking to get your feet wet with spreadsheets or level up to mapping, we've got you covered. You'll find classes at the IRE Conference that will help you do all of this and more:

  • Liberate data from pesky PDF files
  • Analyze large amounts of information quickly with spreasheets and database managers
  • Turn addresses into mapable points
  • Give your data a makeover with clean-up tricks ...
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New webinar focuses on data journalism for broadcasters

KTVB-Boise investigative reporter Jamie Grey explains how to get started on data projects, offering story ideas and tips for visualizing data on air. She walks through several examples including:

  • Finding stories in airport and flight data
  • Analyzing interstate crash data using basic Excel techniques
  • Charting population change using driver's license data
  • Using county jail data to determine the cost of recidivism
  • Turning quick-hit stories using post-election and bridge data

Grey's presentation is designed for broadcast journalists, but would be good for anyone looking to get started in data journalism.

"Data Journalism for Broadcasters" is the latest in a ...

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IRE, Esri partner to offer fellowships for mapping training

IRE and Esri have partnered to offer fellowships to attend mapping training at the 2014 Esri International Users Conference from July 13-17 in San Diego or the IRE Mapping Boot Camp from August 8-10 at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mo.

The users conference fellowships cover airfare and four nights lodging, and the boot camp fellowships cover airfare and three nights lodging. The users conference schedule includes attendance at the following events: Esri Business Summit (July 13) to learn about how international businesses are using advanced mapping technology: Conference Plenary Session (July 14); and hands-on training for journalists.

The application deadline ...

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8 news organizations chosen for Total Newsroom Training

Total Newsroom Training provides intense, in-house training for small and medium-sized newsrooms dedicated to watchdog journalism. This is the second year IRE has offered the free program. 

More than 80 applications were submitted. Training is customized and includes two days of sessions ranging from public records battles to hands-on data analysis.

"We had a large number of very qualified applicants, which made it tough to select winners," said IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit. "It's very encouraging to see that so many newsrooms are putting a premium on watchdog journalism and on gaining additional skills that will help them better ...

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