Tags : Training

IRE to offer computer-assisted reporting boot camp at Temple University

IRE will be offering a computer-assisted reporting boot camp at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn., August 19-22. During these four days attendees will be introduced to analyzing data for stories with spreadsheets and database managers. In addition, they'll learn ways to find data, craft open records requests and negotiate for electronic information.

Because of the generosity from the Center for Public Interest Journalism we're able to offer a reduced flat rate of $200 to attend this hands-on training. Register today as seats are limited.

Experienced IRE trainers will teach you how to summarize data using Microsoft Excel and ...

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Follow the money with IRE's election coverage webinar

There are several ways that political funds can play a role in key states, especially during an election year. In IRE's 2012 election coverage webinar from Derek Willis of The New York Times, you’ll see how to trace money that comes from outside sources to state-based political groups, and how to follow the path of expenditures from the ground game to the air wars.

Click here to view the webinar.

Made possible through a grant from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Covering Hurricane Irene: The next few days and beyond

By Kyle Deas
Graduate student, University of Missouri

It’s looking increasingly likely that Hurricane Irene will wreak havoc up and down the Eastern seaboard this weekend. As the storm gathers strength and speed, you may be wondering how to cover its landing and the aftermath.

This past week, after an earthquake hit Virginia, we published a blog post called “Breaking New Tips: Resources to cover earthquakes, other natural disasters.” Some of the resources listed in that post were specific to earthquakes, but many also apply to covering hurricanes, including:

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Data visualization training, discount to SND conference for IRE members

Learn data visualization during a one-day workshop presented by IRE and The Society for News Design. Sarah Cohen, Jaimi Dowdell and Derek Willis will lead the hands-on workshop that’ll take attendees from soup-to-nuts in data manipulation and visualization.

We’ll start off teaching where to find public data, how to clean, organize and prepare it, including some Excel training, then we’ll experiment with various tools and best practices for data visualization.

SND is bringing its annual conference to St. Louis this fall. This pre-conference workshop will be held Sept. 29. As part of the partnership, SND will offer ...

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Training from Orlando you can take home

More than 850 journalists, educators and other professionals learned new skills, shared ideas and discussed best practices for journalism at the 2011 IRE Conference. Whether you made it to the conference or not, there are tips and tools that can be used in daily reporting and long-term projects.Now that the conference is in the past, it's time to dig in and get to work. Here are some resources that can help:

Tipsheets from the conference, which are still being organized by IRE's staff, can be found in the Resource Center by searching for 2011 IRE Conference (Orlando ...

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Free webinar to IRE members: Investigating aviation safety

From plane parts cracking to air traffic controllers snoozing, there's plenty to investigate in the aviation industry. Join NPR's Robert Benincasa to learn about tools that can help you better cover the ever-growing issues in the sky. Learn how to expore the web to track down an aircraft's history, problems with particular aircraft models and much more. This webinar is free to IRE members and will begin April 19 at 3 p.m. (Eastern), 2 p.m. (Central), 1 p.m. (Mountain) and 12 p.m. (Pacific). Benicasa will highlight the FAA's Air Traffic Activity System ... Read more ...

IRE Toronto workshop postponed

Due to national elections being called in Canada, the IRE Better Watchdog Workshop originally scheduled for April 30-May 1 in Toronto has been postponed. IRE will reschedule the workshop. Stay tuned for a new date and further details.

The latest in IRE’s series of bilingual border workshops

The latest in IRE’s series of bilingual border workshops was a great success. Held in Laredo Nov. 12-13 in a historic hotel with a view of the Rio Grande river and the border itself, the event attracted about 50 journalists from Mexico and the United States, including about a dozen who also used the trip to cover the outbreaks of violence in Tamaulipas that led to the forced evacuation of the town of Ciudad Meir (less than an hour away). The panels, offered in English and Spanish, covered topics including border storytelling, coverage of the drug trade, and use ... Read more ...

Check out these training sessions online

There are new training videos are available on the IRE website, including free CAR training videos for IRE members. If you missed Tisha Thompson's recent webinar that highlighted documents and data that will help you juice up your stories, it is available now. It's only $5 for members ($10 for nonmembers). And IRE members have a number of free training options as well. Several conference sessions focusing on computer-assisted reporting are available for streaming. Sessions include:
  • Bulletproofing stories
  • Covering Campus: From the Stadium to the Boardroom
  • CAR for Broadcast
  • Probing Banks and Mortgage Lenders
  • Mining Text for Stories

Census workshops scheduled this fall

IRE will present two regional workshops this fall to help you get ready for Census 2010 data and learn how to use annual census surveys to produce compelling enterprise stories. The full-day workshops will be held Oct. 16 in Washington, D.C (full details and registration here) and Nov. 13 in Cincinnati, Ohio (full details and registration here). Print, broadcast and online journalists can use census data for quick-hit, enterprise and investigative stories on nearly any beat. Each full-day workshop will offer nitty-gritty details of the 2010 Census and the annual American Community Survey (ACS), as well as plenty of ... Read more ...