2016 San Diego Data Watchdog Workshop

**Please note: The Saturday workshop is currently full. There are limited spaces available for Sunday's optional hands-on classes. Please contact training@ire.org to be added to the wait list for Saturday's workshop or to register for one of the optional hands-on session Sunday morning.

Host: School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University

Hosted by the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University, this training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to think about data in your everyday work, visualize data and find data and other information on the web quickly. In addition, attendees will spend half of the day getting hands-on experience using Excel. No previous data experience is required for this introductory session but attendees must bring a laptop with Excel installed.

Registration to Saturday's workshop includes a one-year IRE membership, giving attendees access to reporting tipsheets, training resources and more; current members receive a one-year extension. Please note that registration is limited, however, so sign up today.

We’ll also offer three optional hands-on trainings on Sunday, October 2nd from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees may only register for one session and must provide their own laptops. Class sizes are limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday’s and Sunday's training will take place at San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in these hands on trainings

The following optional sessions will build on the skills learned in the Oct. 1 workshop. Please note that these hands-on workshops run concurrently so attendees may only register for one. Seating is limited so sign up today.

(Optional) Intermediate/Advanced Excel Hands-On Spreadsheet Training.

This hands-on workshop will build on skills learned in Saturday’s hands-on Excel training. Attend this workshop for more practice and to dive deeper with spreadsheets. Learn tricks to help you clean data and problem solve with Excel.

(Optional) Social Media Deep Dive.

In this three-hour workshop, participants will become social media ninjas. They’ll master new skills in an interactive, hands-on lab environment. They’ll leave better equipped to dig deeper with social media on deadline and for enterprise stories.

The deep dive will develop three critical news skills: Twitter Tricks and Analytics; Reporting and Tracking with Storify; and Crowdsourcing with Google Forms.

Before the workshop: Participants must have accounts on Facebook, Google (Gmail), LinkedIn, Storify and Twitter. Even if you haven’t used the platforms, please set up a basic free account so that lab time can focus on developing skills rather than creating accounts!

(Optional) First Python Notebook: Scripting your way to the story

This three-hour course will teach you the fundamentals of Python by interrogating the database that tracks money in California politics. No prior experience is necessary.

Parking

Attendees who register in advance will receive free parking in Parking Structure 12. The workshop will be held in a building about a 10-minute walk away from parking.

Hotel- Book by Friday Sept. 23

San Diego Hacienda Best Western Plus Hotel

$137 nightly rate

Includes breakfast

Please call (619) 298-4707 and give the code of SDSU-IRE group.

Workshop Fees (main day event 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 *this event is full

$25 Student *this event is full

$30 Optional Advanced Hands-On Spreadsheet Training

$30 Optional Social Media Deep Dive Hands-On Training

$30 First Python Notebook: Scripting your way to the story

Registration Information

**Please note: The Saturday workshop is currently full. There are limited spaces available for Sunday's optional hands-on classes. Please contact training@ire.org to be added to the wait list for Saturday's workshop or to register for one of the optional hands-on session Sunday morning.

Cancellations must be sent via email to Stephanie Sinn, stephanie@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

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 - Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, California 92182

Professional Studies and Fine Arts Building Room 358


Registration information

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

Hurry! Registration closes on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 12:30pm.


Schedule details

  • Panel

    Welcome and overview of the workshop

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 358

    9:00 am - 9:15 am

  • Panel

    Getting a data state of mind

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Leo Castaneda of inewsource

    Whether you're turning a daily or working on a long-term investigation, data can help. In this session we'll look at examples and discuss ways to know what data government agencies keep. You'll learn ways to incorporate data into your work to set you apart from the pack. How to move beyond anecdotes and he-said, she-said journalism with data.

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts 358

    9:15 am - 10:15 am

  • Panel

    Finding stuff online: A journalist's guide to tracking down information

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    There is more to web research than Google (though Google is nice). In this fast-paced session you'll learn tricks for discovering information online using advanced searches, lesser-known search engines, deep web searches and more. From better search techniques to the invisible web, how to find documents and data on deadline and where to find reliable websites for enterprise stories.

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts 358

    10:30 am - 11:30 am

  • Panel

    Data viz for storytellers

    Speakers: Ingrid Lobet of Johns Hopkins University; Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times

    There are maps, charts and interactives to be built and pie charts to avoid, for sure. But the truth is, just like anything in journalism, making a data visualization that works is all about the story. The trick is knowing enough about the structure and forms to make the viz it’s own kind of narrative. Learn some of the best practices and key tips to make your data visualizations sing.

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts 358

    11:40 am - 12:40 pm

  • Outside Event

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts 358

    12:40 pm - 1:55 pm

  • Hands-on

    Hands-on introduction to investigating data with spreadsheets

    Speakers: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters; Danielle Cervantes Stephens of InquireFirst; Ingrid Lobet of Johns Hopkins University

    In this workshop, we'll explore how to use Excel, a fairly simple but powerful spreadsheet application, to begin analyzing data for stories. We'll start from the beginning with basic formulas and work our way up to summarizing information using pivot tables and more. How do you think about data analysis as a journalist? How do you find the story within the columns and rows?

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts

    1:55 pm - 4:55 pm

  • Panel

    Wrap up and keys for success

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 358

    5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional: Advanced hands-on spreadsheet training

    Speaker: Jaimi Dowdell of Reuters

    *You will need to bring your own laptop with excel already downloaded to participate in this hands on training.

    This hands-on workshop will build on skills learned in Saturday’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.

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

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 374

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional: First Python Notebook: Scripting your way to the story

    Speaker: Ben Welsh of Los Angeles Times

    *You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training.

    This three-hour course will teach you the fundamentals of Python by interrogating the database that tracks money in California politics. No prior experience is necessary.

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

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 358

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Hands-on

    Optional: Social media deep dive hands-on training

    Speaker: Luis Gomez of San Diego Union-Tribune

    *You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training.

    In this three-hour workshop, participants will become social media ninjas. They’ll master new skills in an interactive, hands-on lab environment. They’ll leave better equipped to dig deeper with social media on deadline and for enterprise stories.

    The deep dive will develop three critical news skills: Twitter Search Tricks and Best Practices; Social Media Curation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and Crowdsourcing with Google Forms.

    Before the workshop: Participants must have accounts on Facebook, Google (Gmail), LinkedIn and Twitter. Even if you haven’t used the platforms, please set up a basic free account so that lab time can focus on developing skills rather than creating accounts!

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

    Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 326

    9:00 am - 12:00 pm