Hands-on Training

The 2017 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 lara@ire.org. All cancellations must be in writing. There is a $15 processing fee for each class until June 1. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after June 1 due to the limited seating in these classes. For more information, see below.


Map Camp: QGIS

Thursday, June 22 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Cost: $60

Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camp.

Our trainers will teach you how to use QGIS, a powerful, free and open-source GIS software that runs on a Mac or a PC. QGIS can be used in your news organization’s workflow to create maps for print, online and broadcast. You will learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; and geocode addresses to merge databases with maps.

In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

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

Workshop prerequisites: Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access, MySQL or SQLite.

 

Digging into data: A crash course in storytelling

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

Friday, June 23 from 9 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $60

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 walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data. 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. 

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.

 

Slither your way to success: Getting started with Python

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

Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

This low-key, beginner-level session will offer a slow-paced introduction to the Python programming language.

You’ll learn how to write and run a Python script, and you’ll leave with a basic understanding of data types, useful tools, common use cases and some examples of how journalists are using programming to solve reporting problems. You’ll also learn strategies for overcoming common obstacles for a beginning programmer.

Bonus: Hang around afterward for help getting up and running with Python on your personal laptop.

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

Workshop prerequisites: None.

 

Web scraping 101: Harvesting data with Python

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

Sunday, June 25 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Need a spreadsheet but the information only exists on a web page? Learn how to scrape the data and build it yourself.

This intro-level class will show you how to use the programming language Python to scrape simple web pages. We’ll introduce you to the command line and show you how to write enough code to fetch, parse and analyze content from the web.

With the basics of Python under you belt after this three-hour course, you’ll have a solid grounding for all your future scraping adventures.

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

Workshop prerequisites: None