IRE Training Events

  • March 25, 2019

    Columbia, Missouri

    2019 March CAR Boot Camp

    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.

    This workshop is full, please click here to join the waiting list.

  • March 30, 2019

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    2019 Milwaukee Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Marquette University

    IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

    Expected speakers include: April Barker, Schott, Bublitz & Engel SC; Michael Berens, Thomson Reuters; Greg Borowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Steve Chamraz, WTMJ-Milwaukee; Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism; Natasha Haverty, Independent Journalist; Eric Litke, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Maria Perez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Dave Umhoefer, Marquette University.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, March 30.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

    This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

    Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Workshop Location

    Saturday’s workshop will take place in Johnston Hall, Room 107. Sunday’s optional session will take place in Johnston Hall 3rd Floor, Room 314. A campus map can be found here. The workshop will take place in building 8 on the map.

    Parking

    There is both on the street parking (metered) and university parking.  Guests can park in Structure 2, located at 1240 W. Wells Street (about 1 block from Johnston Hall). Parking is also available in Structure 1, located at 749 N. 16th Street (about 5 blocks away from Johnston Hall).  Cost is $10.00 for the day.   Credit Card only.  

    Workshop Fees (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

    $25 Student

    $30 Optional Computer-Assisted Reporting Training (hands-on)

    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. 

    Cancellations must be sent via email to Dylan Sinn, [email protected]  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.

  • April 5, 2019

    Birmingham, Alabama

    2019 Birmingham Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Region III

    IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Birmingham in conjunction with the NABJ Region III Conference

    This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. 

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

    Expected speakers include Daniel Jeon, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Bro Krift, Montgomery Advertiser; Ryan Nave, Mississippi Today; Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE/NICAR; Simone Weichselbaum, The Marshall Project and more.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Friday, April 5th. Those who attend the workshop will receive a certificate of completion after the event.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

    This workshop will take place Friday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

    This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Workshop Location

    Friday sessions will take place at the Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. Birmingham, AL in room Forum G. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

    Registration/Workshop Fees

    (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)

    $25 Professional (if attending NABJ Region III conference)

    $55 Professional (for IRE workshop only)

    $25 students

    Register here

    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.

  • April 6, 2019

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    2019 Philadelphia TV Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: NBC10/Telemundo62

    IRE will offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast. Learn how to find and get key public records and data for stories that make a difference in your market. Master the art of the investigative interview. Get tips on quick-turn stories with an investigative edge. Learn to dig deeper online and via social media.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran journalists for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 6. Expected speakers include Lucy Bustamante, NBC10/Telemundo62-Philadelphia; Doug Haddix, IRE & NICAR; Harry Hairston, NBC10 Philadelphia; Brendan Keefe, WXIA-Atlanta; Julian Sher, investigative journalist and trainer; and Katie Townsend, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. 

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

    Parking

    Attendees of the workshop can use the parking garages located near the training. Fees for the parking garages vary from garage to garage.

    Workshop Fees (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

    $25 Student

    Registration

    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. See "Registration information" below for a link and more information. 

    Cancellations must be sent via email to [email protected]  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.

  • April 13, 2019

    Seattle, Washington

    2019 Seattle TV Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: University of Washington, Department of Communication

    IRE will offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast. Learn how to find and get key public records and data for stories that make a difference in your market. Master the art of the investigative interview. Get tips on quick-turn stories with an investigative edge. Learn to dig deeper online and via social media.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran journalists for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 13.

    Expected speakers include Linda Byron, KING5 Seattle; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR; Katherine George, Johnston and George LLP; Tony Kovaleski, KMGH-Denver; Denise Malan, IRE/NICAR and more.

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

    Workshop Fees (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

    $25 Student

    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. 

    Cancellations must be sent via email to [email protected]  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 location

    Saturday's workshop will take place at the University of Washington, Communication Building (CMU), Room 120. A campus map can be found here

    Parking

    Parking is available in the Padelford Parking Garage. Attendees should stop by the gatehouse on the way onto campus and pay for a permit for half a day (parking is paid until noon). A map to locate the parking garage can be found here.

    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.

  • May 3, 2019

    New York, New York

    2019 New York Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Columbia University

    IRE will offer several of its core sessions for watchdog reporting, along with sessions aimed at navigating business documents and data -- whether or not you're a business journalist. In addition, the workshop will feature a special session by an attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a panel on multimedia storytelling with national leaders in innovation. The optional hands-on software training features two sessions: an introduction to spreadsheets and a more advanced class on using SQL to explore data. The workshop is designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators also are encouraged to attend.

    Expected speakers include Russ Beuttner, The New York Times; Andrea Fuller, The Wall Street Journal; Doug Haddix, IRE/NICAR; Sandeep Junnarkar, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Lisa Schwartz, The Wall Street Journal; Cheryl W. Thompson, NPR; Lylla Younes, ProPublica and more.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, May 4. Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Trainings

    Friday, May 3, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Crunching data with Google Sheets. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, a 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? Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served. You'll need to bring a laptop and have a free Google account for this class.

    Exploring data with SQL. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to analyze and investigate your data with SQL. First we’ll show you how to slice and order your data to find a story. Then, you’ll learn how to count records in a database and sum totals across rows. Finally, we’ll teach you how to join tables together -- even if they weren’t meant to be put together -- for an ultimate tool in your new SQL toolbox. You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands-on training. You will need to download DB Browser for SQLite (http://sqlitebrowser.org/) and install it on your computer.

    Workshop Location

    Saturday's workshop will take place at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Pulitzer Hall in the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall on the 3rd Floor. Friday's optional sessions will take place at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on the 4th Floor.

    Parking

    Public transportation is recommended for this workshop. There is no parking at the University but several public garages around Columbia University. There are fees for each garage.

    Workshop Fees (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

    $25 Student

    $30 Optional Spreadsheet Training (hands-on)

    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.

    Cancellations must be sent via email to Susie Likovic, [email protected] 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.



     


  • May 4, 2019

    Toronto, Ontario

    2019 Toronto Watchdog Workshop

    Co-Sponsored by: CTV, Unifor, The National Observer, Glacier Media, and the Art Gallery of Ontario

    Co-hosted by: Veritas - Advancing Journalism in the Public Interest and Ryerson University School of Journalism 

    IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Toronto. 

    This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more. This workshop will focus on issues on shared interest between the U.S. and Canada.

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

    Expected speakers include Will Fitzgibbon, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Lynn McAuley, The Toronto Star; Valerie Ouellet, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC News; Justin Safayeni, Stockwoods LLP; Julian Sher, Investigative Journalist; Patti Sonntag, Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University and more.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

    This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Workshop Location

    The workshop will take place at Ryerson University in the Rogers Communication Centre, RCC 103 & RCC 183. 

    Parking
     
    Parking is available across the street under the Metro. The entrance is on a one-way street running North.  Parking fees can be paid by cash or credit card.  
     
    Workshop Fees

    (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 (U.S.) Professional
     
    $25 (U.S.) Student
     
    Registration Information

    **Seating is limited for this workshop. Once capacity has been met, registration will close and a waiting list will be started.
     
    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. 
     
    Cancellations must be sent via email to [email protected] 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.

  • June 13, 2019

    Houston, Texas

    2019 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 Houston. 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 #IRE19, which opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 13, and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 16.

    Sign up for our 2019 IRE Conference email list to receive details as we announce them. 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.

    Additional details on the conference can be found here.

  • August 4, 2019

    Columbia, Missouri

    2019 August CAR Boot Camp

    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.

    Register for this workshop here.

  • August 9, 2019

    Columbia, Missouri

    2019 Data Viz Boot Camp

    Learn how to uncover hidden stories and visualize them using Tableau at this intensive mini-boot camp.

    IRE and NICAR trainers will show how to build rich charts and maps, and then weave them into interactive dashboards and stories that can shared on the web.

    Training will cover best practices in data viz and how to build responsive interactives.

    Participants should have experience working with data in spreadsheets, database managers or programming languages. No coding experience is required in this training. You can take this mini-boot camp alone or immediately after IRE’s Computer-Assisted Reporting boot camp. 

    All IRE members qualify for free Tableau Desktop and Prep licenses.

    Register for this workshop here.

     

  • March 5, 2020

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    2020 CAR Conference

    Join IRE and NICAR in New Orleans, LA for our annual conference devoted to data journalism, March 5-8, 2020 at the New Orleans Marriot. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they're demanding.

    The Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We'll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You'll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

    The conference begins Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

  • June 18, 2020

    National Harbor, Maryland

  • June 17, 2021

    Indianapolis, Indiana