Digging into data for stories (Friday) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Charles Minshew of IRE and NICAR; Sarah Hutchins of IRE and NICAR; Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR; Mark Walker of The New York Times
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 9:00am
  • Location: Coral C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Skill level: Beginner

Kickstart your data skills with IRE's original mini-boot camp. This series of hands-on classes will introduce you to spreadsheets with IRE's proven techniques. IRE's experienced trainers will start with the fundamentals of navigating spreadsheets and walk you through sorting, calculating and interviewing data in Microsoft Excel. You'll come away with a solid base for using data analysis in your own newsroom. In addition, we'll provide you with our boot camp materials to help keep you on track long after you leave the conference. Please note that a showcase panel will take place at 4:45 p.m. on Friday. Attendees may leave the Digging into data class to attend the showcase or stay for an optional additional lesson.

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


Workshop prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop and beginners are welcome. This workshop is good for those wanting to get started analyzing data for stories.

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

Speaker Bios

  • Sarah Hutchins is a training director for IRE & NICAR. She previously served as the organization’s editorial director, overseeing IRE’s publications and online platforms. Sarah has worked for daily newspapers in several states. Before joining IRE in 2014, she was a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot. Sarah has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's degree in data science and analytics from the University of Missouri. @sarhutch

  • Denise Malan is IRE's Deputy Executive Director, overseeing all training programs, event logistics and the IRE Resource Center. She was a newspaper journalist for more than a decade, covering government, education, politics, the environment and more. After several years at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas, she joined IRE in 2013 in a joint position with the Institute for Nonprofit News, helping newsrooms around the country use data in their reporting. 

  • 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.

  • Mark Walker, FOIA Researcher, The New York Times DC bureau. @bymarkwalker

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