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August 2024 Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets + Python 🐍 (In-Person)

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August 5


12:00 PM


August 9


12:00 PM


This bootcamp will be offered in-person at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. The bootcamp runs Monday, August 5 through Thursday, August 8 from 8 am-5 pm (CT) and from 9 am - noon on Friday, August 9. Optional open labs will be available Monday-Thursday after class with two optional group dinners during the week. 

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. This version of the bootcamp is tailored for people who already have some experience working with data. We'll start with an accelerated overview of using spreadsheets to clean and analyze data, and then introduce Python, a powerful general-purpose programming language that you can use to analyze huge datasets, scrape data from the web, clean and reshape data, extract complex tables from PDF files and much more. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and best practices for using numbers in your stories. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.


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  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,250 value)
  • Travel stipend (varies)

Date and Time

Monday, August 5 - Thursday, August 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (CT)

Friday, August 9 from 9 a.m. - Noon (CT)


You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $1,250
    • Newspapers with 400k+ circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Wire services; network or syndicated radio/TV Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a national target audience
  • Division II: $1,050
  • Division III: $850
    • Newspapers with 75,000-150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) 21-50 radio/TV markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a state-wide target audience
  • Division IV: $650
    • Newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Below 50 TV/radio markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a city, county or metropolitan-area target audience HSI, HBCU and TCU colleges and universities
  • Educators: $800
  • Freelancers, Students or Educators from HSI, HBCU, TCU and PBI schools: $500

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your bootcamp registration, there will be a $200 non-refundable fee until one week prior to the bootcamp. The week prior to the camp, registration is non-refundable. Please email to request a cancellation.

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