IRE Training Events

  • October 5, 2018

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2018 Python Boot Camp (Pittsburgh)

    Hosted by: Point Park University in Pittsburgh

    IRE and Point Park University in Pittsburgh are offering a special hands-on workshop October 5-7 covering the fundamentals of Python programming. Exercises will include web scraping, preparing data for analysis and automating repetitive tasks to speed up your reporting.

    The course will be taught using Python, but the concepts will also be applicable to other programming languages. It will cover topics like how to write and run code, how to use programming libraries to avoid reinventing the wheel and how journalists make use of these techniques to produce award-winning work.

    No programming experience is necessary, but attendees should have experience working with data in spreadsheets, database managers or other analysis tools. Computers will be provided for the training.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

    Parking: Parking is available in a garage near the training for a fee.

    Additional details, including pricing and workshop registration, can be found here.

     

  • October 13, 2018

    Indianapolis, Indiana

    2018 Indianapolis CAR Boot Camp

    Hosted by: University of Indianapolis

    IRE and the University of Indianapolis are offering a hands-on workshop October 13-16. You will 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.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 13-16 in Esch Hall, Room 004 at the University of Indianapolis. Lunch will be on your own each day from 12 - 1:30 p.m. Visitor parking is available on the west side of Esch Hall behind the Krannert Memorial Library.

    Additional details, including pricing and registration, can be found here.

  • October 20, 2018

    Boston, Massachusetts

    2018 Boston Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Boston University College of Communication

    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: Nicole Dungca & Todd Wallack, The Boston Globe; Sarah Hutchins, IRE/NICAR; Ryan Kath, NBC Boston; Jenifer McKim, New England Center for Investigative Reporting; Phillip Martin, WGBH Radio; Jeff Pyle, Prince Lobel Tye LLP; Eric Rasmussen, WFXT-Boston; Andrew Tran, The Washington Post; and Brooke Williams, Boston University.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, October 20.

    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, October 21, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
     
    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, a fairly 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 basis.
     
    *You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training. Please have an active Google account as the training will be done in Google Sheets. If you have questions you can contact training@ire.org.
     
    Workshop Location
     
    Saturday's workshop will take place in BU College of Communications, Room 101. Sunday's optional hands-on session will take place in BU College of Communications, Room 317. A campus map can be found here.
     
    Parking
    Parking is available in the Warren Lot (Lot K, in the 700 Commonwealth Avenue building. This lot is accessed via Hinsdale Street).  It’s $12 per car, flat rate all day. Attendees can pay the attendant upon entry.
     
    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
     
    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 Boston 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, dylan@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.

  • October 27, 2018

    Dublin, Ohio

    2018 Columbus Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism

    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: Corey Johnson, Tampa Bay Times; Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Indianapolis Star; Adam Marshall, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Charles Minshew & Doug Haddix, IRE/NICAR; Duane Pohlman, Sinclair Broadcast Group; Mike Rezendes, independent journalist (former Boston Globe Spotlight reporter) and Jill Riepenhoff, InvestigateTV.

    Fellowships for this workshop are available for journalists of color working as freelance investigative reporters, or planning to do so in the near future. Check “FIRE Diversity Fellowships” at https://ire.org/events-and-training/fellowships-and-scholarships/.

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

    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, October 28, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Google Sheets, a fairly 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 basis.

    *You will need to bring your own laptop to participate in this hands on training. Please have an active Google account as the training will be done in Google Sheets. If you have questions you can contact training@ire.org.

    Optional hands-on training: Exploring data with SQL

    Sunday, October 28, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    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. 

    Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    * 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 the Dublin Integrated Education Center, 6805 Bobcat Way, Dublin, OH in room 132. Sunday’s optional hands-on sessions will also take place at the Dublin Integrated Education Center in room 243 and 249.

    Parking

    Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. 6805 Bobcat faces Post Rd. and is directly in front of the parking lot.

    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

    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 Columbus 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, dylan@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.