IRE Training Events

  • January 8, 2018

    Columbia, Missouri

    2018 January 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. 

    Click here to register for the boot camp.

  • January 27, 2018

    Miami, Florida

    2018 Miami Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Florida International 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.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, January 27.

    Expected speakers include Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News; Sandy Bohrer, Holland & Knight; Dan Christensen, Florida Bulldog; Manny Garcia, USA TODAY Network; Denise Malan, IRE/NICAR; Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald; Tony Pipitone, NBC6 Miami; Neil Reisner, Florida International University; Susan Smith Richardson, The Chicago Reporter; Rita Teutonico, Florida International University; and Mc Nelly Torres, independent journalist.

    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 Computer-Assisted Reporting Training

    Sunday, January 28, 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.


    Parking will cost $3 for the entire workshop, including the optional Computer-Assisted Reporting training on Sunday.

    Park in either a blue faculty space or a gray student space.

    Please use the link below, which will take you through the necessary steps to register your license plate.  ONLY license plate is needed

     Click here to register for parking

    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)


    If you are a current member, please complete your registration online by logging into your member profile. Once you have logged in, click on my profile, next to the welcome and your name. Once you are in the members-only side of the database, select conferences and events on the left-hand side of the screen under my profile, then select the 2018 Miami Watchdog Workshop.

    If your membership has expired or you are not currently an IRE member, you can still register for the workshop here

    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.