IRE Training Events

  • November 3, 2017

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    2017 Minneapolis Coding Boot Camp

    Sponsored in part by the Python Software Foundation

    Hosted by: Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communications

    IRE and the Minnesota Journalism Center at the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communications are offering a special hands-on workshop November 3-5 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.

    Regular use of spreadsheets, database managers and the ability to navigate a computer's command line are prerequisite skills. Computers will be provided for the training.

    Classes will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, following this tentative schedule:

    * Friday, Nov. 3, 12-5 p.m.: Coding instruction and practice exercises

    * Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Coding instruction and practice exercises

    * Sunday, Nov. 5: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Coding instruction and practice exercises, resources to keep learning

    * Sunday, Nov. 5: 3-7 p.m.: (Optional) Getting your computer set up to take back to your home/newsroom

    Parking

    The nearest parking is the Church Street Garage. Max daily fee is $12. A campus parking map can be found here.

    Workshop Fees (Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    $850 Professional (plus $70 one year membership if not a member)

    $650 Student (plus $25 one year membership if not a member)

    Registration Information

    Click here to register for the bootcamp.

    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.