IRE Training Events

  • March 5, 2020

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    2020 NICAR 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.

    Share your ideas by Sept. 15: Use this form to share ideas, suggestions and other comments you think will help us plan the best possible conference. The only required field is your contact information (in case we want to follow up). No suggestion is too small. Just make sure to have your ideas to us by Sept. 15.

    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 can be found here.

  • March 20, 2020

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    POSTPONED: 2020 Salt Lake City, Utah Watchdog Workshop

    **Given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, IRE has decided to postpone the watchdog workshop scheduled for March 20 in Salt Lake City, UT.

    Workshop registration fees will be refunded in the next few days. IRE memberships associated with workshop registrations have been activated. Workshops include a free one-year IRE membership for those new to our organization and a one-year extension for current members. Please be sure to take advantage of exclusive member benefits

    Hosted by: Brigham Young University School of Communications

    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 Friday, March 20.

    Expected speakers include Andrew Becker, KUER Public Radio; Howard Berkes, NPR; Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE & NICAR; Judy Fahys, InsideClimate News; Gillian Friedman, Deseret News; David Reymann, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless; and more.

    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

    Saturday, March 21, 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

    Friday's workshop will take place in BYU Salt Lake Center Auditorium, Room 101. Saturday's optional session will take place in BYU Salt Lake Center, Room 318.

    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 hands-on spreadsheet training

    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 $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

    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.

  • March 21, 2020

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    POSTPONED: 2020 Pittsburgh, PA Watchdog Workshop

     **Given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, IRE has decided to postpone the watchdog workshop scheduled for March 21 in Pittsburgh, PA.

    Workshop registration fees will be refunded in the next few days. IRE memberships associated with workshop registrations have been activated. Workshops include a free one-year IRE membership for those new to our organization and a one-year extension for current members. Please be sure to take advantage of exclusive member benefits.

    Hosted by: Center for Media Innovation at Point Park 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, March 21.

    Expected speakers include AmyJo Brown, Pittsburgh Media Partnership; Kellie Burkett, WPXI-Pittsburgh; Paula Knudsen, LNP Media Group; Rich Lord, PublicSource; Denise Malan, IRE & NICAR; Julian Sher, investigative journalist; Halle Stockton, PublicSource and more.

    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 22, 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 at Point Park University, Lawrence Hall 200 (LH200). Sunday's optional session will take place at Point Park University, Academic Hall 406. 

    Please enter Academic Hall at 201 Wood Street, located at the corner of Wood and 3rd Avenue.  The building's entrance is located on the 3rd Avenue side of the building.  You may access the 2nd floor, using the stairs or elevator and cross the skywalk to enter Lawrence Hall. 

    Parking is available in nearby parking garages for $6.00 on the weekends and street parking is free on Sundays. Please reference a campus map here.

    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 hands-on spreadsheet training

    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 $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

    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.

  • March 23, 2020

    Columbia, Missouri

    POSTPONED: 2020 March Data Journalism Bootcamp

    **Given the ongoing concerns about the spread of coronavirus, IRE has decided to postpone the bootcamp scheduled for March 23-27 in Columbia, MO.

    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.

     

    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.