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Mini-Bootcamp online: Spreadsheets (March 2023)

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March 13, 2023


11:00 AM


March 16, 2023


2:00 PM

The place to start for data journalism beginners who want to learn the foundations of using structured data.

This online mini-bootcamp offered March 13-16, will dive deep into the fundamentals of using spreadsheets, including navigation, formulas and functions, sorting, filtering and grouping data, plus other critical skills such as finding, gathering and cleaning data. Using real-world datasets and examples, the IRE training team will help attendees learn the technical steps to work with datasets, along with the analytical skills needed to find and bulletproof data-driven stories.

Prior to the bootcamp, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with necessary software, and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

Attendees will receive:

  • Live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group activities
  • Support to set up their home computers for data work
  • The ability to schedule one on one help from the trainers during specified hours the days of the training
  • Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials
  • An e-book filled with step-by-step instructions on using spreadsheets
  • Practice datasets to continue learning 

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools: Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection. A second monitor is encouraged, but not required.

Pre-requisites: No previous data experience necessary. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials and work in Google Sheets.

Date and Time

Monday, March 13 - Thursday, March 16, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (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: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.

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