IRE Training Events

  • December 7, 2020

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    2020 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: SQL

    **This bootcamp is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email logistics@ire.org.

    This is the bootcamp for those who have mastered spreadsheets and are ready to work with databases with millions of records and/or multiple tables.

    This online mini-bootcamp will start with the basics of using SQL (Structured Query Language) and its powerful filtering and grouping functions. We’ll also harness the power of SQL by joining multiple tables and manipulating data.

    After registration, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with necessary software, and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

    Attendees will receive:

     *Two days of live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group workshops

    *Support to set up their home computers for data work

    *Open lab time to work on personal projects with one-on-one guidance from the trainers

    *Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials

    *An e-book filled with step-by-step instructions on using SQL

    *Practice datasets to continue learning

    Necessary tools: DB Browser for SQLite (a free, cross-platform SQL interface), Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous SQL experience necessary, though you should have a strong grasp of analyzing structured data in spreadsheets. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET Dec. 7-8. An optional open lab will be held each day from 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET. A tentative schedule can be found here

    Bootcamp registration cost: $300 for professionals/$200 for students (Attendees must be a current IRE member. IRE membership is $70 for professionals and $25 for students. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    Registration: Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day.

  • January 4, 2021

    Virtual,

    2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Online)

    Supported by Lumina Foundation and Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University

    **This bootcamp is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email logistics@ire.org.

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it has become clear that the safest option for our members and trainers is to move this bootcamp online.

    We will still teach the same materials -- spreadsheets, teaching techniques, and building a curriculum -- but in a virtual environment. Sessions will be taught through Zoom, and you will still be able to receive one-on-one help from our team of trainers. You also will receive materials before the bootcamp to make sure your home computer is set up, and you will have ongoing access to course materials and videos. We will use all free software, including Google Sheets.

    In these four and a half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet and database skills, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting.

    Topics include building data lessons into existing coursework, creating syllabi for data journalism courses, and building hands-on teaching skills. Attendees will receive IRE’s training materials and data, which can be used in their classes.

    The bootcamps will be taught by IRE’s experienced trainers and a college-level data journalism professor. The bootcamps are open to anyone teaching journalism at a college or university, regardless of academic title.

    We also are modifying the bootcamp dates to avoid the weekend since we no longer need to allow travel dates. The new dates will be Jan. 4-8. The bootcamp will run from 11 am - 6 pm ET each day, except Jan. 8, which will be 11 am to 2 pm ET. 

    Additional details including fees, scholarships and a tentative schedule can be found here.

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • January 9, 2021

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    2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

    **Update 12/1: Registration is closed while IRE migrates to a new IRE website. Registration for this event will re-open the week of December 7. If you have any questions, please email logistics@ire.org.

    IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to IRE members and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

    We’ll offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast as well as time to network with other attendees. Learn how to frame every story with a watchdog lens, master the art of pitching an investigative story, and get tips on how to request records when you only have 10 minutes.

    Expected speakers include Samah Assad, WBBM Chicago; Nicole Carr, WSB Atlanta; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR; Eric Flack, WUSA Washington, D.C.; Cindy Galli, ABC News; and Ashley Graham, WBBH Fort Meyers. 

    This program is made possible thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

    Workshop Fees 

    $35, which includes a one-year IRE membership or renewal for the first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops. Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students. Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.

    Registration

    Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" found below.

    Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event. 

    Location

    The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.

  • January 11, 2021

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    2021 January Data Journalism Bootcamp (Online)

    **This bootcamp is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email logistics@ire.org.

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it has become clear that the safest option for our members and trainers is to move this bootcamp online. 

    We will still teach the same materials -- spreadsheets, SQL, data gathering, cleaning and bulletproofing -- but in a virtual environment. Sessions will be taught through Zoom, and you will still be able to receive one-on-one help from our team of trainers. You also will receive materials before the bootcamp to make sure your home computer is set up, and you will have ongoing access to course materials and videos. We will use all free software, including Google Sheets and DB Browser for SQLite.

    We also are modifying the bootcamp dates slightly to avoid you spending five days straight glued to Zoom meetings.  The new dates will be Jan. 11-12, and Jan. 18-20. The bootcamp will run from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET each day, except Jan. 20, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Additional details including fees and registration can be found here

  • January 22, 2021

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    2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop: Legal workshop with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    **Update 12/1: Registration is closed while IRE migrates to a new IRE website. Registration for this event will re-open the week of December 7. If you have any questions, please email logistics@ire.org.

    IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to IRE members and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

    In this workshop, learn how to navigate legal issues in your newsroom from media lawyers at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Attorneys will lead sessions on navigating public records laws, vetting your stories for libel and privacy issues before publication, and knowing your legal rights while covering protests.

    Expected speakers and program details coming soon.

    This program is made possible thanks to support from Knight Foundation.

     
    Workshop Fees 

    $35, which includes a one-year IRE membership or renewal for the first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops. Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students. Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.

    Registration

    Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" found below.

    Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event. 

    Location

    The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.

  • February 1, 2021

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    2021 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online Data viz using Tableau

    **Update 12/1: Registration is closed while IRE migrates to a new IRE website. Registration for this event will re-open the week of December 7. If you have any questions, please email logistics@ire.org.

    This bootcamp is for anyone who is familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to visualize data in easy to understand, interactive dashboards.

    This online mini-bootcamp will teach the fundamentals of using Tableau, a free and powerful tool for building and embedding highly customizable visualizations, with no programming necessary. We’ll cover data visualization concepts, including which type of chart to use and why, and ensuring your visualizations are bulletproof. Hands-on lessons will include building bar charts, line charts and maps, as well as full interactive dashboards that tell a powerful story.

    After registration, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with necessary software, and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

    Attendees will receive:

     *Two days of live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group workshops

    *Support to set up their home computers for data work

    *Open lab time to work on personal projects with one-on-one guidance from the trainers

    *Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials

    *An e-book filled with step-by-step instructions on using Tableau

    *Practice datasets to continue learning

    Necessary tools: Tableau Public (free and cross-platform), Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous data visualization experience necessary, though you should have a strong grasp of analyzing structured data in spreadsheets. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET Feb. 1-2, 2021. An optional open lab will be held each day from 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET. A tentative schedule can be found here.

    Bootcamp registration cost: $300 for professionals/$200 for students (Attendees must be a current IRE member. IRE membership is $70 for professionals and $25 for students. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms

    Registration: Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day.

  • February 8, 2021

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    2021 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: Python

    11/30 Update: This bootcamp is full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email logistics@ire.org. 

    This bootcamp is for anyone who is already familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn how to use Python, a popular and versatile programming language.

    This online mini-bootcamp will teach the fundamentals of Python syntax and introduce attendees to the pandas data analysis library.

    After registration, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with the necessary software and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

    Attendees will receive:

     *Two days of live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group workshops

    *Support to set up their home computers for data work in Python

    *Open lab time to work on personal projects with one-on-one guidance from the trainers

    *Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials

    *An e-book filled with step-by-step instructions on using Python

    *Practice datasets to continue learning

    *Follow-up consultation on specific projects

    Necessary tools: Python (free and cross-platform), Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous programming experience necessary, though you should have a strong grasp of analyzing structured data in spreadsheets.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET Feb. 8-9, 2021. An optional open lab will be held each day from 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET.

    Bootcamp registration cost: $300 for professionals/$200 for students (Attendees must be a current IRE member. IRE membership is $70 for professionals and $25 for students. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms

    Registration: Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day.

  • February 16, 2021

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    2021 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: R & RStudio

    **Update 12/1: Registration is closed while IRE migrates to a new IRE website. Registration for this event will re-open the week of December 7. If you have any questions, please email logistics@ire.org.

    This bootcamp is for anyone who is familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn a programming language that specializes in visualization and statistical analysis. 

    R is a free, open-source and powerful programming language for cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data, as well as statistical analysis. This bootcamp will cover all those skills, starting with the building blocks of importing and performing basic analysis on data.

    After registration, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with necessary software, and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

    Attendees will receive:

     *Two days of live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group workshops

    *Support to set up their home computers for data work

    *Open lab time to work on personal projects with one-on-one guidance from the trainers

    *Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials

    *Lessons filled with step-by-step instructions on using R

    *Practice datasets to continue learning

    Necessary tools: R and RStudio (both free and cross-platform), Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous programming experience necessary, though you should have a strong grasp of analyzing structured data in spreadsheets. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET on Feb. 16-17. An optional open lab will be held each day from 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET.

    Bootcamp registration cost: $300 for professionals/$200 for students (Attendees must be a current IRE member. IRE membership is $70 for professionals and $25 for students. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    Registration: Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day.

  • March 4, 2021

    Virtual,

    2021 NICAR Conference

    NICAR21 is moving online in March, and IRE needs your help to build a strong and successful virtual data journalism conference.

    We are gathering ideas from our community via this form through Dec. 6. We want to know what session topics you’d like to see, what format is most helpful to you and how we can help you network and build connections with other members online. With an online conference, we have lots of flexibility to try different things, explore emerging technologies and connect with each other on new levels.

    IRE’s annual data journalism conference was originally scheduled for March 4-7, 2021, in Baltimore, Maryland. We are moving the event online because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Sign up for NICAR21 email updates here.

    “NICAR is such a unique conference with its hands-on training, innovative sessions and collaborative spirit,” IRE Deputy Executive Director Denise Malan said. “While we wish we could see everyone in person, we are excited to create something new and different for NICAR this year, and make the event more accessible to journalists, educators and students around the globe.”

    Here’s what we’re planning so far and what kind of input we’re seeking:

    • The conference will be the week of March 4, exact dates to be determined. We’d like to hear what days work best for you and how long each day should be.
    • We are planning live panels, demos and networking sessions, and we need pitches for session and speaker ideas. Let us know what you’d like to learn or speak about. We’re especially interested in ideas that are practical and relevant to current events such as coronavirus, police conduct and racial equity. 
    • Hands-on data skills will be taught via on-demand, pre-recorded videos led by IRE trainers, so that anyone can learn at their own pace. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons so attendees can jump in at their current skill level. We’ll offer sessions in spreadsheets, SQL, programming and data viz. 
    • To complement the on-demand data training, we plan to offer multiple office hours for attendees to get one-on-one help with any data skill or help setting up their computers for data work. If you’d like to volunteer to help during an office hour session, please let us know via the form.
    • We’re also seeking volunteers for “digital coaches” who will get a badge in the conference platform signifying that people can reach out to them for help during the conference. 
    • It wouldn’t be NICAR without the fun, community-building events! We plan to have some fun sessions that have nothing to do with data or journalism so you can relax and socialize with your fellow NICARians. We’d love to hear your ideas for happy hour and fun mixer sessions.
    • All attendees will receive access to the conference site, including hands-on classes and live session recordings, for a year afterward.  

    As always, we rely on this amazing, diverse community to help us highlight the very best in data journalism, and we cannot wait to see what you come up with! Feel free to reach out at any time to conference@ire.org

  • June 17, 2021

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • March 3, 2022

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • June 23, 2022

    Aurora, Colorado