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Join IRE and NICAR in Chicago for our annual conference devoted to data journalism, March 8-11, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they’re demanding.

The Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You’ll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

The conference begins Thursday, March 8 at 9 a.m. and runs all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sessions will end by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.




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Chicago Restaurant Guide

Thanks to the IRE-Chicago Meetup group for putting together a list of places for attendees to eat/drink/explore in Chicago! Check out the handy mobile-friendly app built by Justin Myers.


Mentorship Program

Pick the brains of the industry’s best journalists during the mentorship program at the 2018 CAR Conference in Chicago. You and your carefully chosen mentor will meet for a continental breakfast on Friday, March 9.

IRE will pair you with a mentor, and contact information will be exchanged so mentors and mentees can agree on a time and place to meet at the conference. We’re also seeking mentors to share their knowledge.

The mentorship program at the 2018 CAR Conference is currently full, but you may apply for the waiting list using this form. You will be notified before the event if we were able to match you. In order to participate, you must be registered for the conference.

IRE Principles (Conduct Guidelines)


Investigative Reporters & Editors is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, appearance or religion.

IRE supports vigorous debate and welcomes disagreement, while maintaining a civil and respectful community.

IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself.

Anyone who feels threatened or in immediate jeopardy during an IRE event should call building security in Chicago (312-245-4761) or local police by dialing 911.

Additional concerns can be brought to the attention of IRE staff or board members in person. Contact information for both staff and board members can also be found on IRE’s website.