Digging into data for stories (Saturday & Sunday) *pre-registered attendees only

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Mark Walker of The New York Times; Denise Malan of IRE and NICAR; Cody Winchester of IRE and NICAR
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 3:00pm
  • Location: Coral B
  • 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 attendees are expected to attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions.

Saturday's session will run from 3-5:15 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

  • 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. 

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

  • Cody is a training director at Investigative Reporters & Editors. Before joining IRE, he worked at newspapers in Texas, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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