IRE Training Events

  • 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 on Saturday, May 4, 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 on Friday, May 3, 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 Buettner, The New York Times; Andrea Fuller, The Wall Street Journal; Doug Haddix, IRE/NICAR; Holly Ivel, Candid; Andrew Lehren, NBC News; Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Hanna Sender, The Wall Street Journal; 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 on 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 Locations 

    **Please note that Friday and Saturday have different locations.

    Friday's optional hands-on sessions will take place at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism located at 219 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018. The workshops will take place on the fourth floor. 

    Saturday's workshop will take place at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, New York. This workshop will take place in the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall on the 3rd 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, susie@ire.org. 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

    **This workshop has reached capacity. Please email logistics@ire.org to inquire about possible cancellations.

    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 Ebyan Abdigir, Canadian Broadcating Corporation (CBC); Harvey Cashore, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); Susanne Craig, New York Times; Robert Cribb, The Toronto Star; Will Fitzgibbon, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Jaren Kerr, CANADALAND; Peter Klein, Global Reporting Centre; Lynn McAuley, The Toronto Star; Jesse McLean, The Toronto Star; Brett Mitchell, CTV W5; Masashi Nishihata, University of Toronto; Arif Noorani, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); Valerie Ouellet, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC); Susanne Reber, Scripps Washington Bureau; Justin Safayeni, Stockwoods LLP; Julian Sher, Investigative Journalist; Patti Sonntag, Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University; Tanya Talaga, The Toronto Star; Lisa Taylor, Ryerson University; Martha Troian, independent journalist; and Connie Walker, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

    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 Catalyst at Rogers Communication Centre. The hands-on sessions will be held in RCC 183. Sunday's session will take place in Venn's Reporters Lab.

    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 logistics@ire.org. 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.