2015 Norman Data Watchdog Workshop

Host: Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Oklahoma

IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Norman with a twist: This workshop will focus on data-driven investigations.

This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to think about data in your everyday work and find data and other information on the Web quickly. In addition, this workshop will provide you with a foundation of using spreadsheets in your reporting with hands-on training in Excel.

Please note that registration is limited so sign up today.

These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend. Join IRE's experienced trainers to up take your reporting up a level and jump into the realm of data journalism.

This training will offer you the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist in today’s digital world.

Optional Advanced Hands-On Spreadsheet Training

Saturday, September 12, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

This hands-on workshop will build on skills learned in Friday’s hands-on Excel training. Attend this workshop for more practice and to diver deeper with spreadsheets. Learn tricks to help you clean data and problem solve with Excel. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.


For Friday you will need to collect a daily pass before the day starts. 

Parking is available in the stadium parking garage just northeast of Gaylord Hall or a lot just north of the intersection of Lindsey Street and Elm Avenue. 

Workshop Fees

(includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

$55 Professional

$25 Student

$30 Optional Advanced Hands-On Spreadsheet Training

Registration Information

Current IRE members should register through their member profile here. Under my profile, select conferences and events. Your IRE membership will be extended one year from your current expiration date.

If you are not a current IRE member, please register here 

Cancellations must be sent via email to Tricia Morgan, Tricia@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the day before the event.

Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event.

Workshop evaluations

Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.


Time and place

Friday, Sep. 11, 2015 - Saturday, Sep. 12, 2015

The University of Oklahoma
395 West Lindsey St.
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

Registration information

Registration for this event is open! Click here to begin.

Hurry! Registration closes on Friday, Sep. 11 at 12:00pm.

Schedule details

  • Hands-on

    Optional Advanced CAR training

    Speaker: Alex Richards of NerdWallet

    Advanced hands-on training in spreadsheets: This session will build on skills from the previous day. We'll incorporate more time for practice and also problem solve with data cleaning in Excel.


    NOTE: Registration is required for this session. Click here to sign up.

    Gaylord 1120

    9:00 am - 12:30 pm