Bootcamps

Attend any one of these bootcamps to learn how to analyze data using spreadsheets and databases, map data, or use coding in your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to work on during open lab time.

NICAR is a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Fellowships and scholarships are available to assist with the costs associated with attending a bootcamp. Go here for more details.

“Great program! You expanded my thinking on what is doable.” — Josh Wilson, WFTV-Orlando

 

Choose a bootcamp:

Data Journalism Bootcamp (Online)

Learn to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze information and translate that information into stories. NICAR provides followup help when participants return to their organizations. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

January 11-12 and 18-20, 2021 (half-day on the 20th) – Register here

Scholarships available and include the following:

  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,100 value)
  • Travel stipend (varies)

Scholarship details can be found here.

 

Data Journalism Mini-Bootcamps (Online)

Learn the data skills such as spreadsheets, SQL, data visualization and programming during these two-day classes. Courses will be taught remotely through live instruction, small-group workshops and activities.

Oct. 13-14, 2020 – Spreadsheets and visualization. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Oct. 19-20, 2020 – Spreadsheets and visualization. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Nov. 16-17, 2020Data beginners can learn the basics of using spreadsheets for data analysis, finding and gathering data, and dealing with dirty data. This session will be taught using Google Sheets. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Dec. 7-8, 2020Structured Query Language can help you analyze millions of records and bring together multiple tables. This session will be taught using DB Browser for SQLite. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Feb. 1-2, 2021Learn the fundamentals of using Tableau, a free and powerful tool for building and embedding highly customizable visualizations, with no programming necessary. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Feb. 8-9, 2021For those familiar with data analysis and ready to take on a programming language, this class will teach the fundamentals of Python syntax and introduce the pandas data analysis library. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Feb. 16-17, 2021This course will introduce you to R, a free, open-source and powerful programming language for cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data, as well as statistical analysis. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

 

Data Bootcamp for Educators (Virtual and Syracuse)

In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet and database 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. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

Virtual, Jan. 4-8, 2021. Register! 

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), Summer 2021. Details coming soon.

Scholarships available for educators of color include the following:

  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration ($800 value)
  • Travel stipend ($1,500)

More scholarship details can be found here.