Map camp: QGIS *pre-registration required

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Jennifer LaFleur of Investigative Reporting Workshop; Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 22 at 9:00am
  • Location: Pinnacle Peak 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

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

Our trainers will teach you how to use QGIS, a powerful, free and open-source GIS software that runs on a Mac or a PC. QGIS can be used in your news organization’s workflow to create maps for print, online and broadcast. You will learn how to display data geographically; import and query data; and geocode addresses to merge databases with maps. 

In addition, we’ll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference.

Preregistration is required and seating is limited. Laptops will be provided for the training.

Workshop prerequisites: Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database programs such as Microsoft Access, MySQL or SQLite.

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

Speaker Bios

  • Jennifer LaFleur is the Investigative Reporting Workshop's data editor and teaches at American University. She previously was a senior editor at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she managed a team of data journalists, investigative reporters and fellows. She is the former data journalism director at ProPublica and has held similar roles at newspapers. She is a former IRE training director and serves on IRE's board.

  • Charles Minshew is the Director of Data Services for IRE and NICAR. He leads the Database Library, helps members with data analysis and is a trainer. An award-winning data journalist, he previously worked at the Orlando Sentinel and was a on the Denver Post team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. A 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Georgia Southern University, Charles is a native of Rochelle, Ga.

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