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July 2023 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Columbia, MO)

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July 10, 2023


July 14, 2023


In this four-and-a-half day bootcamp being held July 10-14, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet skills, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting.

Topics include building data lessons into existing coursework, creating syllabi for data journalism courses, and building hands-on teaching skills. Attendees will receive IRE’s training materials and data, which can be used in their classes.

The bootcamp will be taught by IRE’s experienced trainers and college-level data journalism professors. The bootcamps are open to anyone teaching journalism at a college or university, regardless of academic title.

This bootcamp will be taught in-person at the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. Participants will need to bring their own laptops to use during the training. 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.

Technical Requirements

This class is taught in-person but attendees will need to bring their own laptops. Power strips and WiFi will be provided in the classroom.

Attendees also need to have access to:

  • A Google account: We use Google Classroom to provide you with materials before and during bootcamp. You'll continue to have access to your classroom once the training is over, too. Your Google account should be a traditional Gmail account -- not a Google-administered account through your university. We can help you make sure you have the correct Gmail access.


Scholarships available for educators of color include the following:

  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary boot camp registration ($800 value)
  • Travel stipend ($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. Please email to request a cancellation.


"One of the best things about bootcamp was the cohort. They represented community colleges, public universities, private schools, HBCUs and HSIs. Some were Pulitzer Prize winners, some had lots of data experience, and some were brand new to it. Everyone shared tips, lesson plans and assignment ideas. So much of what we did in the bootcamp I can immediately replicate in my classroom. It demystified data for me, and showed me how to get my students excited about data journalism."

"It was really useful to learn this in a context for educators, rather than simply trying to pick up the skills themselves. I learned a lot of tips and ideas about how to *teach* these skills that were more useful than the skills themselves."

"This was fantastic and I would repeat the training over and over again. I highly recommend for any educator who wants to bring data journalism into the classroom."

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