IRE Training Events

  • November 16, 2020

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    2020 IRE Mini-Bootcamp Online: Spreadsheets

    The place to start for data journalism beginners who want to learn the foundations of using structured data.

    This online mini-bootcamp will dive deep into the fundamentals of using spreadsheets, including navigation, formulas and functions, sorting, filtering and grouping data, plus other critical skills such as finding, gathering and cleaning data. Using real-world datasets and examples, the IRE training team will help attendees learn the technical steps to work with datasets, along with the analytical skills needed to find and bulletproof data-driven stories.

    After registration, attendees will receive instructions on setting up their computers with necessary software, and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

    Attendees will receive:

    • Two days of live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group workshops
    • Support to set up their home computers for data work
    • Open lab time to work on personal projects with one-on-one guidance from the trainers
    • Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials
    • An e-book filled with step-by-step instructions on using spreadsheets and Tableau
    • Practice datasets to continue learning  

    Necessary tools: Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection

    Pre-requisites: No previous data experience necessary. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials and work in Google Sheets.

    Tentative schedule: The workshop is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET and end at 6 p.m. ET Nov. 16-17. An optional open lab will be held each day from 6:15-8:15 p.m. ET. A tentative schedule can be found here

    Bootcamp registration cost: $300 for professionals/$200 for students (Attendees must be a current IRE member. IRE membership is $70 for professionals and $25 for students. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    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 [email protected] There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day.