IRE Training Events

  • November 16, 2020

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    2020 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: Spreadsheets

    The place to start for data journalism beginners who want to learn the foundations of using structured data.

    This online mini-bootcamp will dive deep into the fundamentals of using spreadsheets, including navigation, formulas and functions, sorting, filtering and grouping data, plus other critical skills such as finding, gathering and cleaning data. Using real-world datasets and examples, the IRE training team will help attendees learn the technical steps to work with datasets, along with the analytical skills needed to find and bulletproof data-driven stories.

    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 spreadsheets and Tableau

    *Practice datasets to continue learning 

    Necessary tools: Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous data experience necessary. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials and work in Google Sheets.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET Nov. 16-17. 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.

  • December 7, 2020

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    2020 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: SQL

    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

    Tucson, Arizona

    2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Online)

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

    Update 9/24

    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.

    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.

     

    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.

  • January 11, 2021

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    2021 January Data Journalism Bootcamp (Online)

    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

  • February 1, 2021

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    2021 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online Data viz using Tableau

    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

    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

    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

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • June 17, 2021

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • March 3, 2022

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • June 23, 2022

    Aurora, Colorado