Special Training

 

10 Great Business Databases to Mine for Stories
Sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

Wednesday, June 15 from 2-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Data journalist Steve Doig, the Knight Chair at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will demonstrate 10 data sources you may never have heard of that can lend rich context to your business and economic stories and spark meaningful investigations.

From ZIP code-level business patterns to foreign trade imports and exports to hospital data, Doig will walk you through seldom-used databases that hold treasures for reporters.

You’ll learn what’s in the data sets, how to get them, what you can pull from them, what questions to ask of the data and story ideas that could be developed, and you’ll leave armed with new knowledge and fresh ideas.

 

INN

INN: ​Marketing + Branding for News Workshop
Hosted by the Institute for Nonprofit News 

Wednesday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriot, Room: Galerie 5 (second floor)

Cost: Institute for Nonprofit News members free/nonmembers $75

Top branding consultant Eric Poerschke and Voice of San Diego’s Mary Brown team up in a special training session designed to help you apply the best marketing and branding techniques in business to news publications — and do it in context so your branding work can drive membership and other revenue strategies supporting news. This training is appropriate for those developing a strong brand statement and marketing approach for the first time as well as established publications seeking to refresh or review key marketing messages. View agenda and speaker bios.

 

INN: ​Donor Cultivation Workshop
Hosted by the Institute for Nonprofit News 

Thursday, June 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Orleans Marriott, Room: Galerie 6 (second floor)

Cost: Institute for Nonprofit News members free/nonmembers $25

Break down your fears about approaching individual donors and asking for money. Diane Carlson, one of the nation’s top consultants on donor programs, leads an interactive workshop on building a major donor program for your organization, including what you can do yourself, how to productively involve your board and other community connections, how to set targets, what to expect and how to handle the process. Participants will practice how to have meaningful, productive conversations with donors and get coaching on the spot. View agenda and speaker bios.

Tableau

Interactive data graphics in Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau

**This class is full. A few seats will be available on-site.**

Thursday, June 16, 9-10:30 a.m.

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. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Advanced design and interaction in Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau

Thursday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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 will 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. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Finding and telling data stories with Tableau Public
Hosted by Tableau

**This class is full. A few seats will be available on-site.**

Thursday, June 16, 1:30-3 p.m.

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:

  • Connect to Excel files and other file types
  • 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. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

Designing Tableau visualizations for mobile
Hosted by Tableau

Thursday, June 16, 3:30-5 p.m.

Are mobile readers of your news site becoming more and more common? If your news organization is like others we’ve worked with, the percent of readers using phones and tablets to read your content is well over half of the overall number, and growing fast. Creating data visualizations for these small form-factors is very challenging. Learn how to use Tableau to create sheets and dashboards that work great, even on phones and tablets.

  • Design considerations, including layout and formatting
  • Dashboard sizing for a range of screen widths
  • Interactivity – filtering and tooltips
  • Options to embed visualizations to respond to reader device

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. There may be a few seats available on-site.

 

A sneak peek at Tableau Public 10.0: Fast and easy mobile-friendly data fizzes
Hosted by Tableau

Thursday, June 16, 5:30-6pm

No registration required.

ASNE

How to lead projects and nurture an investigative culture
Hosted by ASNE

The American Society of News Editors, in conjunction with the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors Conference in New Orleans, is putting on a one-day workshop aimed specifically at leadership for Wednesday, June 15.

The workshop, which will be held one day prior to the IRE Conference at the New Orleans Marriott, is for reporters, project editors and top editors to learn what it takes to create an investigative culture and lead high-impact investigative projects and teams.

Panels will include:

11 a.m. – noon: Leading as a Reporter
Top investigative reporters and player coaches will talk about how to lead a team to great success and how reporters and other content creators can lead their entire organizations into doing better investigative work.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Tisha Thompson, investigative reporter, NBC4
  • Ellen Gabler, investigative reporter and assistant editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • John Kelly, data and investigations editor, USA TODAY NETWORK
  • Michael LaForgia, investigative reporter, Tampa Bay Times

Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Box-Lunch Solutions Session, sponsored by USA TODAY NETWORK
What is the primary limiting factor that hinders investigative reporting in your newsroom today? Tips and solutions for overcoming it will be offered by others who have faced the same problem.

Moderator:

  • ASNE Vice President Mizell Stewart, vice president of news operations, USA TODAY NETWORK

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.: Leading as a Project Editor
Editors from newsrooms small and large, who have brought great projects home, will talk about everything, from vetting ideas to deciding when to write or keep reporting to building project teams to coordinating with various departments to fact-checking processes.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Jan Winburn, senior enterprise editor, CNN Digital
  • Gary Dotson, senior editor, Belleville (Illinois) News Democrat
  • Greg Borowski, deputy managing editor for projects, investigations and digital innovation, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Greg Burton, executive editor, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, California

3 – 4 p.m.: Creating an Investigative Culture
Top editors and news directors from news organizations that consistently produce top investigative work will share their thoughts about how to nurture and develop a culture in which all journalists are looking for important stories.

Confirmed panelists:

  • Bill Church, executive editor, Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune
  • Andrea Parquet-Taylor, news director, WNCN-TV
  • Manny Garcia, Naples (Florida) Daily News
  • George Stanley, editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

4:15 – 5 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion
Members from all panels will gather to answer questions.

Moderator:

  • ASNE Vice President Mizell Stewart, news executive, Gannett

All investigative journalists who want to grow their leadership skills, whether in a titled leadership position or not, will benefit from attending this workshop.

Registration: The workshop is $99 for both ASNE members and nonmembers. Click here to register to attend the workshop. Registration for the IRE Conference is not required.

Hotel: Details on reservations can be found on the travel and lodging page for the IRE Conference.

The workshop is generously sponsored by Alley Interactive, Google and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

For any questions about the workshop, please contact ASNE Communications Coordinator Jiyoung Won at jwon@asne.org.

ICFJ

Steal My Tool
Presented by the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowships

The International Center for Journalists cordially invites you to “Steal My Tool” on Friday, June 17, from 12:45 to 2:15 pm. At Steal My Tool we’ll have 5-minute lightning talks showcasing the latest investigative digital and data journalism tools and projects of news innovators at the IRE Conference in New Orleans. Our hope is that you will see something helpful or inspirational for your work that you can take back to your newsroom. And we hope you’ll engage with the people behind the tools and projects to learn more and perhaps spark interesting collaborations.

This will be an intimate gathering of about 25 people to keep the group size manageable and interactive. It fits nicely with the lunch slot at the IRE Conference. *Lunch and two drinks will be provided!*

If you would like to attend, please register by June 3 at this Eventbrite link (please only register if you are certain you will come).

If you would like to present, please register and contact Ben Colmery, the director of the ICFJ Knight Fellowships, at bcolmery@icfj.org, and let him know which tool or project you would like to present and include a brief pitch.

It’s going to be a fun way to take in lunch, and a nice break from the panels and training sessions at the conference. We hope you can make it!

 

Medill

Learn more about Medill’s graduate journalism program

Friday, June 17, from 12:45-1:15 pm in Galerie 1

In this 30-minute session, we’ll cover Medill’s one-year MSJ program and our Social Justice and Investigative Reporting specialization, including opportunities to report in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco and around the world.

 

Press Club of New Orleans

Press Club of New Orleans Happy Hour

This Friday, the Press Club of New Orleans is welcoming IRE to town by hosting us at their monthly happy hour from 6-8 p.m. in the Cocktail Bar at the Windsor Court.

Happy hour pricing (from 5-7 p.m. for anyone who wants to get there early) on a selection of $6 drinks, including their cocktail of the day, the Old Fashioned, and select red or white wine (rotated frequently). Those who attend will have the opportunity to mingle with journalists, editors and other media professionals from a variety of outlets, all while listening to the smooth vocals of New Orleans’ own Anais St. John and her jazz ensemble.

Come out and meet the local media.

Details:

What: Press Club of New Orleans Happy Hour with IRE

When: Friday, June 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Windsor Court (300 Gravier)

Happy Hour Pricing: $6 drink specials (including cocktail of the day, the Old Fashioned, and select red or white wine)