Hands-on Training

The 2018 IRE Conference will offer classes in three computer labs where you can get hands-on experience working with data and software. Topics range from introductory tutorials in data analysis to the use of web and data resources for breaking news.

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 pre-registration and an additional fee. You can register for these workshops when you complete your conference registration

Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $15 processing fee for each class until May 25. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after May 25 due to the limited seating in these classes.

 

Digging into data for stories (all-day Friday option)

**This class is full. Please add your name to the waiting list.

Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Cost: $70

Skill level: Beginner

Kickstart your data skills with IRE’s original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets with IRE’s proven techniques. IRE’s experienced trainers will start with the fundamentals of navigating spreadsheets and walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data in Microsoft Excel. You’ll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference. Please note that a showcase panel will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Friday. Attendees may leave the “Digging into data for stories” class to attend the showcase, or stay for an optional additional lesson.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

 

Digging into data for stories (Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning option)

**This class is full. Please add your name to the waiting list.

Saturday, June 16, from 3 to 5:15 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $70

Skill level: Beginner

Kickstart your data skills with IRE’s original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets with IRE’s proven techniques. IRE’s experienced trainers will start with the fundamentals of navigating spreadsheets and walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data in Microsoft Excel. You’ll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference. Please note attendees are expected to attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

 

Working with data in Python for beginners

**This class is full. Please add your name to the waiting list.

Friday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Skill level: Intermediate

This three-hour crash course will introduce you to the Python programming language as it is used for data analysis in the newsroom. We’ll cover basic syntax and programming concepts; newsroom use cases and examples; and analyze data using a library called pandas. We’ll also talk about how to get up and running with Python on your own machine so you can take it all home.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: You should be comfortable working with data in spreadsheets or SQL. No programming experience required.

 

SQL boot camp

Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Cost: $70

Skill level: Intermediate

If you flip over pivot tables, but wish you had more data tools, this session is for you. Structured Query Language, or SQL, can help you find patterns in millions of records, help you join databases and make you sound extra cool when you talk with your news nerd friends. In addition to learning these skills, you’ll learn the song that will help you remember these skills.

This class will be taught by two experienced data reporters and former IRE training directors, and materials will include the IRE Computer-Assisted Reporting Boot Camp binder, full of exercises, cheat sheets and tips to help you boost your data analysis and storytelling skills. We will use a free database manager that can be easily installed and used on any computer.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: The only prerequisites are a reasonable comfort level with using a spreadsheet and the love of music. No previous SQL skills necessary.

 

Getting started in R

Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Skill level: Intermediate

We will introduce you to R, a free, powerful open-source programming language, that will add statistical heft to your reporting. By the end of this three-hour session, you will be able to take raw data, import it into R, and start your analysis. Topics will include basic data importing, working with directories, reading in data, installing packages, creating simple visualizations, and how to clean, explore and sort your data. We’ll also talk about how to find help when you’re stuck.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: This session will be most helpful if you’re comfortable working with data and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.