Mapping Boot Camps

Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software during our intensive mini-boot camps.

IRE and NICAR conducts this hands-on training using the latest version of QGIS, a free and open-source mapping program. We will look at noteworthy stories that have used mapping and show you how to uncover stories using census and other data. The sessions will include address geocoding, thematic mapping, overlaying and spatial analysis.

Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access.

Register for a mapping boot camp:

** None scheduled for 2018 **


View a sample mapping boot camp schedule here 


Sliding fee scale:

Listed prices are for current IRE members. Nonmembers add $70; nonmember students add $25.

• Sunday circulation under 50,000: $350
• Sunday circulation under 100,000: $550
• Sunday circulation 100,000 and over: $850

• 50-200 market: $350
• 25-50 market: $550
• Top 25 market: $850

Radio: $550

Magazine and Newsletters: $350

Online Media:
15 or more full-time employees (FTE): $550
14 or fewer full-time employees (FTE): $350

Universities: $350

Freelance: $300

Student: $300