Join IRE and NICAR in New Orleans March 5-8 for our annual conference devoted to data journalism.

The NICAR Conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You’ll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

The conference begins Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

Sign up for our 2020 NICAR Conference email list to receive details as we announce them.

If you have questions about the conference programming, contact

A special thanks to our conference sponsors: Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, Google News Initiative, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at StanfordKnight FoundationLumina FoundationMcClatchy, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and The Times-Picayune | The Advocate


Conference Schedule

Registration | Travel & HotelHands-on Workshops | Master Classes | Special EventsExhibitors & Recruiters | | Partner EventsFellowships & Scholarships | Mentorship Program | Speaker Resources | T-Shirt Contest | Lightning Talks | Email Newsletter | Tipsheets & Links

NICAR20 update on coronavirus

We wanted to share a brief message regarding the emerging public health concerns posed by the COVID-19 virus. We are closely monitoring updates from local and national public health authorities regarding the situation in communities where cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed. During NICAR20, IRE will provide hand sanitizer throughout the conference meeting space. In addition, we will have disinfectant wipes for our hands-on computer labs.


Get the conference mobile app!

Download the Guidebook mobile app and search for the “2020 NICAR Conference” guide. You can also use the tool below to get a download link.

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IRE may take any action it deems appropriate to deal with those who violate our principles, including exclusion from our events, forums, listservs and the organization itself.

This code of conduct covers all participants in IRE events and is in effect the entire time from the beginning until the end of our conferences. During conferences, we will publicize a contact email, in addition to making staff and IRE board members easily identifiable, with badges that identify themselves as such, so you know whom to contact if you see or experience an issue.

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