Hands-on Training

A limited number of hands-on training classes require pre-registration and an additional fee.  A number of other hands-on classes are offered during the conference, these don’t require pre-registration and are included in your conference registration.  These additional hands-on classes will be listed in the conference schedule and will be posted as they are confirmed.

 

Mini Boot Camp (This class is currently full.  To have your name added to the waiting list, please email Amy Johnston at [email protected])

Friday and Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning

$50 (must be registered for the conference)

Kickstart your data skills with IRE’s original mini-boot camp.  This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets and databases 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.  Seats are available and there is an additional $50 registration fee.  Pre-registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration can be done online when you register for the conference.  Sessions will be held Friday and Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Laptops will be provided for the training. 

 

Mapping Mini Boot Camp (This class is currently full.  To have your name added to the waiting list, please email Amy Johnston at [email protected])

Thursday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

$50 (must be registered for the conference)

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*.

IRE and NICAR trainers conduct this hands-on training using the latest version of ArcView GIS. 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. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Laptops will be provided for the training.

*ArcGIS Desktop includes first year call-in technical support and upgrades at no cost to Boot Camp attendees. ArcGIS Desktop license will not time out. Call-in technical support and upgrades are available on fee basis in year two. Please contact the Esri Media Relations team ([email protected]) for further information.

 

Python Mini Boot Camp (This class is currently full.  To have your name added to the waiting list, please email Amy Johnston at [email protected])

Thursday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

$50 (must be registered for the conference)

Introduction to Python

This mini-bootcamp will teach journalists basic programming concepts using the Python language. The daylong class will introduce language basics and useful libraries in the course of a typical reporting project: scraping data from the Web, inserting it in a database and analyzing the results.

Although the class is geared toward beginners, we’ll assume that you’re comfortable with databases and SQL and that you’ve hopefully seen a command line since the days of DOS. Preregistration is required for this session and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

 

NewsCamp: The next generation of data viz (This class is currently full – see notes below on how to be added to the waiting list)

Thursday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m. – 4:50 p.m.

$70 (must be registered for the conference)

Mesmerize your audience with elegant and intelligent data visualizations using D3. This JavaScript library takes some of the headache and limitations out of visualizations allowing you to bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS.

This daylong class will begin with an introduction to D3 and its capabilities. We’ll then break into hands-on classes where you’ll spend the rest of the day building your own visuals.

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

Hands-on classes will be broken into two tracks:

1) Beginner

**The beginner class if full. Please email Amy Johnston at [email protected] if you would like you name added to the waiting list.

2) Advanced. This class will be designed for experienced programmers who must have experience writing code in some modern programming language (Ruby, Python, etc.).**The Advanced class is full.  Please email Amy Johnston at [email protected] if you would like your name added to the waiting list.  

 

Build your first News App (This class is currently full.  To have your name added to the waiting list, please email Amy Johnston at [email protected])

Friday and Saturday morning

$70 (must be registered for the conference)

This mini-boot camp will walk you through the process of building a simple, useful online news application from a dataset. You will get hands-on experience in every stage of the development process, writing Python, HTML and JavaScript using version control tools. You won’t stop until you’ve deployed a working application onto the World Wide Web. If you have a good attitude and know how to take a few code crashes in stride, you are qualified for this class.

Only 18 seats are available and there is an additional $70 registration fee.  Pre-registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. These classes will take place Friday and Saturday mornings at the conference. Laptops will be provided for the training.