Hands-on training

The 2015 IRE Conference will offer a record number of hands-on sessions in three classrooms. The nearly 40 classes will cover topics ranging from introductory tutorials in data analysis to the use of web and data resources for breaking news. We’ll also offer a new series of courses called “Finding the story,” where participants will be guided through the process of obtaining and digging through specific data sets for story ideas they can take back to their newsrooms. Check out our conference schedule to see a list of what will be offered. Please note: Hands-on classes are first come, first served, and can reach capacity very quickly. 

In addition to open classes, a limited number of longer hands-on workshops will be offered that require preregistration and an additional fee. You can register for these workshops when you complete your conference registration. For more information, see below.

Optional hands-on classes cancellation policy: Cancellations must be sent via email to Amy@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $15 processing fee for each class until May 20. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after May 20 due to the limited seating in these classes.

 

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 4 at 9 a.m. (This class is full, there may be a few seats available on-site.  Please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.)

Learn how to create beautiful, interactive data visualizations on short deadlines. No programming required. You’ll learn everything you need to build data visualizations and publish them to your website just like a video.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Connect to Excel files and other data
  • Create maps and charts
  • Make them interactive
  • Publish them on your site

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available.

This class is full. There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.

 

Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. (This class is full, there may be a few seats available on-site.  Please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.)

Analyzing data and coming up interactive visualizations is easy in Tableau but sometimes getting everything looking polished isn’t. In this session you will learn how to break away from the default formatting in Tableau Public to create interactive data graphics that match your style guides and engage your readers.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Change colors, shapes, borders, fonts, and other basic formatting
  • Incorporate images, logos, and other graphic elements
  • Take advantage of advanced interaction techniques to incorporate multimedia
  • Utilize design and layout best practices to make sure that your visualization looks polished and professional

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. Some familiarity with the product is recommended; a beginner session earlier in the day should prepare you enough for this session. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class.  Limited seats are available. 

This class is full. There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.

 

Intro to data stories in Tableau Public (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. (This class is full, there may be a few seats available on-site.  Please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.)

Got a dataset and an impending deadline to write a story on it? Find the scoop and convey it with beautiful, interactive visualizations in a serial narrative using Tableau Public. It’s a fast, easy to use, and free tool for journalists. Visualizations will publish using any CMS and no programming is required.

We’ll teach you how to:

  • Think about narrative data visualization
  • Rapidly explore and analyze datasets with ease
  • Make eye-catching visualizations to share your findings
  • Add interactivity and arrange them in a serial narrative to engage and sustain your audience’s attention

Tableau Public is a free tool for journalists. No previous experience with Tableau is necessary to take this class. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available.

This class is full. There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.

 

Data discovery: Finding stories in data (Hosted by Tableau)

Thursday, June 4 at 3:30 p.m. (This class is full, there may be a few seats available on-site.  Please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.)

Learn how to use Tableau to dive deeper into your data and ask powerful questions. How do you go about finding stories in data? How do you find data to support your stories? To help answer these questions, we will embark upon a data discovery journey, teasing narrative stories out of data.

We’ll learn how to:

  • Strategically approach large datasets
  • Use Tableau to facilitate data discovery
  • Use data to support narrative stories
  • Basic narrative presentation elements

Some experience with Tableau Public is recommended. Taking one of the earlier Tableau sessions should suffice. Laptops will be provided. This is a free training, however you must be registered for the IRE Conference to attend this class. Limited seats are available.

This class is full. There may be a few seats available on-site. If you are interested, please arrive a few minutes before the class begins and the instructors will let you know how many seats may be available.

 

Coding for journalists 

THIS CLASS IS FULL. To get on a waiting list, click here.

Thursday, June 4, 2:30 – 5:50 p.m.

Cost: $35 (must be registered for the conference)

Register for this workshops when you complete your conference registration.

This half-day session will cover the ways basic programming in Python can collect data for stories from the web, assist with repetitive tasks and speed your reporting. The workshop will cover the fundamental coding concepts and libraries you need to know about, as well as how to apply them to your own stories. 

This course is designed for beginners who already have some experience with spreadsheets, SQL, the command line and basic HTML. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

 

Digging into data for stories: A crash course

THIS CLASS IS FULL. To get on a waiting list, click here.

Thursday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.

$50 (must be registered for the conference)

Even if you’ve never touched a spreadsheet, you will walk away from this daylong workshop able to use Excel for your next investigation. You’ll come away with plenty of story ideas and also learn about publicly available databases that you can download and analyze to produce great local stories.

In this workshop, led by experienced IRE and NICAR trainers, we’ll explore how to use Excel, a fairly simple but powerful spreadsheet application, to begin analyzing data for stories. We’ll start from the beginning with basic formulas and work our way up to summarizing information using pivot tables and more. How do you think about data analysis as a journalist? How do you find the story within the columns and rows? Depending on the experience level of the group we may discuss advanced functions in Excel including data cleaning and more. 

We’ll walk through a number of searchable databases currently available online and show you how you can download information into a spreadsheet so you can start analyzing data as soon as you leave the workshop.

No previous experience is required for this workshop. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Computers will be provided for the training.

 

Mapping mini camp

THIS CLASS IS FULL. To get on a waiting list, click here.

Friday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $50 (must be registered for the conference)

Register for this workshops when you complete your conference registration.

Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp and receive a free copy of ArcGIS Desktop*. 

Experienced IRE/NICAR and Esri trainers conduct this hands-on training using the latest version of ArcGIS. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. You’ll learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; geocode to merge databases with addresses into maps. Attendees will also learn how ArcGIS Online may help as a storytelling platform. In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.  

Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access. Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Computers will be provided for the training.

*Attendees of the bootcamp have the option to receive the following discounts from Esri. (1) A free license of ArcGIS Desktop that will not time out and includes one year call-in technical support and upgrades at no cost. Call-in technical support and upgrades are available on a nominal fee basis in year two. (2) A free one-year subscription to ArcGIS Online that includes access to Esri’s Community Analyst database. Please contact the Esri Media Relations team press@esri.comfor further information. (Please note that ArcGIS Desktop will only work on a Windows environment.)