IRE Training Events

  • April 17, 2020

    Austin, Texas

    POSTPONED: 2020 Python Bootcamp - Austin, Texas

    **Given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, IRE has decided to postpone the bootcamp scheduled for April 17-19 in Austin, TX.

    Registration fees will be refunded in the next few days. IRE memberships associated with bootcamp registrations have been activated. Please be sure to take advantage of exclusive member benefits.

    Hosted by: School of Journalism | Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin

    IRE and the School of Journalism at Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin are offering a special hands-on workshop April 17-19 covering the fundamentals of Python programming. Exercises will include web scraping, preparing data for analysis and automating repetitive tasks to speed up your reporting. The course will be taught using Python, but the concepts will also be applicable to other programming languages. It will cover topics like how to write and run code, how to use programming libraries to avoid reinventing the wheel and how journalists make use of these techniques to produce award-winning work. No programming experience is necessary, but attendees should have experience working with data in spreadsheets, database managers or other analysis tools. Computers will be provided for the training.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and will end at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

    Additional details, including pricing and workshop registration, can be found here.

  • April 27, 2020

    New York, New York

    POSTPONED: 2020 R Bootcamp - New York

    **Given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, IRE has decided to postpone the bootcamp scheduled for April 27-29 in New York.

    Registration fees will be refunded in the next few days. IRE memberships associated with bootcamp registrations have been activated. Please be sure to take advantage of exclusive member benefits.

    Hosted by: NBC Universal

    IRE and NBC Universal are offering a special hands-on workshop April 27-29. We will introduce you to R, a free, powerful open-source programming language, that will add statistical heft to your reporting. By the end of this two-and-a-half-day bootcamp, you will learn how to import, clean, analyze and even visualize your data.

    Some important things that you should be able to do upon your return to the newsroom:

    • You’ll know how to use RStudio and how to quickly analyze and clean data without ever having to open it in Excel.
    • Create an R Script that you can use to import and analyze data and then share it with others in your newsroom.
    • Design graphics that can be styled (within RStudio or later using Adobe Illustrator) for use in static graphics online and in print.

    You can feel confident enough to sign up for this boot camp if you have never used R before, though you should have a basic understanding of data analysis concepts.

    Important note: You’ll need to bring your own laptop with R and RStudio pre-installed. You’ll need R first. Download it for your specific operating system here. Once you have R installed, you can install the software RStudio here. Both are free, open source and available for Mac and Windows.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 27 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Please enter the building on the Sixth Avenue side, ground floor near the gift shop.

    Additional details, including pricing and workshop registration, can be found here.

  • July 28, 2020

    Chicago, Illinois

    2020 Data Bootcamp for Educators - Loyola

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

    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.

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

    Lodging

    A variety of lodging options are available in the area, please reference lodging recommendations here.

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • August 2, 2020

    Columbia, Missouri

    2020 August Data Journalism Bootcamp

    Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.

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

  • August 27, 2020

    National Harbor, Maryland

    2020 IRE Conference

    Reboot your skills, recharge your watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in National Harbor, MD. Choose from more than 175 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. Learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms. Celebrate the best of investigative reporting during our IRE Awards luncheon. Mix and mingle with the best in the business. Learn. Share. Connect.

    All at #IRE20, which opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, August 27 and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, August 30.

    Subscribe to our email list for detailed updates: We'll let you know any time we make a major announcement, update you on the planning process and remind you of key dates/deadlines surrounding the conference. Sign up!

    Additional details on the conference, including location attractions, can be found here.

    **National Harbor is a development located just outside of Washington, D.C. If you’re flying into Reagan National it’s about a 30 minute drive via Uber, taxi or rental to the Gaylord National.  From Dulles it could take close to an hour depending on traffic.  Note, public transportation to National Harbor from DC is limited to bus.  There is not a stop on the Metro subway system. For more information about local transportation options, visit the travel/hotel conference page here.

  • January 5, 2021

    Tucson, Arizona

    2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators - Tucson

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

    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.

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

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • March 4, 2021

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • June 17, 2021

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • March 3, 2022

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • June 23, 2022

    Aurora, Colorado