Applications are now open for Total Newsroom Training — IRE’s grant-funded, customized training program returning for its seventh year.

IRE’s experienced trainers will visit selected newsrooms for two days of intense, in-house investigative training – all at no cost. Spots in the program are limited and awarded on a competitive basis.

Total Newsroom Training is meant to help small and medium-size news organizations, and IRE customizes training based on the needs of the organization. These sessions can include web tools, background techniques and hands-on data training. 

The program is designed to increase the ability of news organizations to provide watchdog and enterprise coverage for their communities and to produce work that can lead to change and improvements. 

The newsroom must be committed to allowing a significant portion of its staff attend the full two days of training and tracking their progress after the training. The selected newsrooms will attend a webinar later in the year to showcase their work.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 20. The application form must be filled out by the editor, news director or equivalent.

“Financial challenges make it difficult for many smaller newsrooms to afford high-caliber training for their staff,” said IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix. “This program eliminates that barrier. We’re excited to equip more journalists around the country with the tools and tactics they need to produce better watchdog stories.”

IRE also awards fellowships for TNT alumni to attend one of IRE’s three data analysis boot camps each year. The fellowships cover much of the cost of attending IRE’s week-long data training sessions in Columbia, Missouri. Application deadlines are listed below:

  • January 6-10, 2020 Boot Camp: Deadline is November 11, 2019
  • March 23-27, 2020 Boot Camp: Deadline is January 13, 2020
  • August 2-6, 2020 Boot Camp: Deadline is June 1, 2020