A special workshop in programming for journalism, Oct. 10-13, 2013 at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School are offering a special workshop Oct. 10-13 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 programs are structured and how data journalists use these tools to produce award-winning journalism in real-world newsrooms.  

The workshop will begin with an evening session from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10 and will continue with all-day sessions running from 9 a.m.-5p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12. The session will conclude with a wrap-up session from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

Classes will be held at the University of Missouri Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia, MO.

Instructors are Chase Davis of The New York Times, Matt Wynn of the Omaha World-Herald and Jackie Kazil, a Presidential Innovation Fellow.

Click here to register for the workshop.