IRE boot camps going on the road, scholarships available

IRE is bringing its acclaimed data and coding boot camps to three cities this fall and offering scholarships to each camp. These boot camps are sponsored in part by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. The camps will include instruction in data analysis and cleaning using Excel, SQL, Python and — for the first time —…

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Learn how to explore data with Python’s Jupyter Notebook

Editor’s Note: This article first ran on the California Civic Data Coalition’s website on Oct. 8. Ben spoke at our San Diego Data Watchdog Workshop, a program funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. By Ben Welsh Last weekend, I traveled to the campus of San Diego State University to join a journalism workshop put on by Investigative Reporters…

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Lonely coder? Use these tools and resources to make your job easier

By Carlie Procell In a Friday afternoon panel, Scott Pham, a data journalist and news application developer at the Center for Investigative Reporting, led a discussion on how to more easily integrate data and technology into your newsroom. Pham began the session by talking about The Lonely Coders Club, which is a group of data…

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Teaching coding concepts doesn’t have to be boring

By Daniela Sirtori-Cortina Before starting her session on programming languages, Lindsey Cook asked attendees to put away their laptops and use a piece of paper. For the next hour, she illustrated programming concepts through interactive activities reminiscent of a grade-school environment. “Welcome to the NICAR session that’s run like a fifth grade classroom,” Cook, data…

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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…

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Where to begin if you’re learning to code

Last weekend IRE hosted a new bootcamp for journalists to learn web scraping and programming in Python.  IRE offers workshops like this often — check our events and training page for opportunities to learn new data skills. But if you were unable to make a bootcamp or just can’t wait until NICAR14 to start learning, here are some resources to help…

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Be a Better Business Watchdog

Polish your skills in computer-assisted reporting (CAR) and learn how to hold local businesses accountable with this free workshop in Atlanta, Oct. 11, co-presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Even if you’ve never touched an Excel spreadsheet before, you will leave this hands-on workshop with the skills you…

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