While many of our hands-on classes still focus on using software, we recognize that it can be incredibly helpful for journalists to sit down with an expert guide to usher them through the process of turning data into a story. So we’re offering something a little different this year at the IRE Conference in Philadelphia – courses that do this very thing.

We’re calling the series of classes “Finding the story,” and the idea is that these sessions will cover how to obtain important data sets, mine them for potential stories, expose shortcomings in the data and avoid common pitfalls that could undermine findings.

We have reporters who will be teaching you how to tap into the Census, uncover trends in your city or county’s borrowing practices and keep tabs on workplace safety. IRE is also featuring data sources it maintains as part of the NICAR Database Library in sessions focused on bridge inspections.

These classes are open to all attendees on a first come, first served basis.

“Finding the story” schedule