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Mini-Bootcamp online: Data cleaning (April 2024)

Current IRE membership required | April 16-April 25 | Tickets cost $200-600

Over the course of four sessions, attendees will learn various tools and strategies for dealing with “dirty data”: messy values, typos, incorrect data types, bad formatting and unstructured data. The trainers will focus on free tools and techniques that require little to no coding, starting with functions and features in Google Sheets. Attendees will also get an introduction to the basics of some command line utilities; OpenRefine, which has powerful clustering algorithms for tackling messy values; and regular expressions, an incredibly powerful cleaning tool for unstructured data. The workshop uses real-world data examples and covers best practices and strategies for cleaning data. This bootcamp will take place 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. ET on the following days: April 16, April 18, April 23 and April 25.


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August 5


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12:00 PM


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August 9


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12:00 PM

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This bootcamp will be offered in-person at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. The bootcamp runs Monday, August 5 through Thursday, August 8 from 8 am-5 pm (CT) and from 9 am - noon on Friday, August 9. Optional open labs will be available Monday-Thursday after class with two optional group dinners during the week. 

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. This version of the bootcamp is tailored for people who already have some experience working with data. We'll start with an accelerated overview of using spreadsheets to clean and analyze data, and then introduce Python, a powerful general-purpose programming language that you can use to analyze huge datasets, scrape data from the web, clean and reshape data, extract complex tables from PDF files and much more. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and best practices for using numbers in your stories. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.


Scholarships

details coming soon

  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,250 value)
  • Travel stipend (varies)

Date and Time

Monday, August 5 - Thursday, August 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (CT)

Friday, August 9 from 9 a.m. - Noon (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $1,250
    • Newspapers with 400k+ circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Wire services; network or syndicated radio/TV Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a national target audience
  • Division II: $1,050
  • Division III: $850
    • Newspapers with 75,000-150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) 21-50 radio/TV markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a state-wide target audience
  • Division IV: $650
    • Newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Below 50 TV/radio markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a city, county or metropolitan-area target audience HSI, HBCU and TCU colleges and universities
  • Educators: $800
  • Freelancers, Students or Educators from HSI, HBCU, TCU and PBI schools: $500

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your bootcamp registration, there will be a $200 non-refundable fee until one week prior to the bootcamp. The week prior to the camp, registration is non-refundable. Please email logistics@ire.org to request a cancellation.


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March 25


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12:00 PM


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March 29


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12:00 PM

CDT

This bootcamp will be offered in-person at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. The bootcamp runs Monday, March 25 through Thursday, March 28 from 9 am-5 pm (CT) and from 9 am - noon on Friday, March 2. Optional open labs will be available Monday-Thursday after class with two optional group dinners during the week. 

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. In this training you’ll become an expert in spreadsheets using Google Sheets: from importing and cleaning to analyzing and joining tables. We’ll also cover finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and using numbers in your stories, as well as an introduction to dataviz with exercises. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.


Scholarships

details coming soon

  • IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Complimentary bootcamp registration (up to $1,250 value)
  • Travel stipend (varies)

Date and Time

Monday, March 25 - Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (CT)

Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m. - Noon (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $1,250
    • Newspapers with 400k+ circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Wire services; network or syndicated radio/TV Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a national target audience
  • Division II: $1,050
  • Division III: $850
    • Newspapers with 75,000-150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) 21-50 radio/TV markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a state-wide target audience
  • Division IV: $650
    • Newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Below 50 TV/radio markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a city, county or metropolitan-area target audience HSI, HBCU and TCU colleges and universities
  • Educators: $800
  • Freelancers, Students or Educators from HSI, HBCU, TCU and PBI schools: $500

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your bootcamp registration, there will be a $200 non-refundable fee until one week prior to the bootcamp. The week prior to the camp, registration is non-refundable. Please email logistics@ire.org to request a cancellation.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


January 8


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9:00 AM


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January 12


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12:00 PM

CST

This bootcamp will be offered in-person at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. The bootcamp runs Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11 from 9 am-5 pm (CT) and from 9 am - noon on Friday, January 12. Optional open labs will be available Monday-Thursday after class with two optional group dinners during the week. 

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in finding, assessing and analyzing data for anyone interested in using these skills in the newsroom. You’ll learn the fundamentals of analysis using spreadsheets and then apply those concepts in SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records and join multiple tables. We’ll also cover data cleaning, finding data sources, using public records, bulletproofing your analysis and using numbers in your stories. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop and pre-install some software prior to the bootcamp. If a laptop is not available, we would be happy to provide one for you. Please reach out to logistics@ire.org to make arrangements.

IRE requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and participants are expected to follow all COVID protocols in place at the host institution. Masks are encouraged.



Date and Time

Monday, January 8 - Thursday, January 11 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (CT)

Friday, January 12 from 9 a.m. - Noon (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $1,250
    • Newspapers with 400k+ circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Wire services; network or syndicated radio/TV Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a national target audience
  • Division II: $1,050
  • Division III: $850
    • Newspapers with 75,000-150,999 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) 21-50 radio/TV markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a state-wide target audience
  • Division IV: $650
    • Newspapers with less than 75,000 circulation (largest single day, including digital replica) Below 50 TV/radio markets Magazines, weeklies, nonprofits, trade publications and online-only media with a city, county or metropolitan-area target audience HSI, HBCU and TCU colleges and universities
  • Educators: $800
  • Freelancers, Students or Educators from HSI, HBCU, TCU and PBI schools: $500

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your bootcamp registration, there will be a $200 non-refundable fee until one week prior to the bootcamp. The week prior to the camp, registration is non-refundable. Please email logistics@ire.org to request a cancellation.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


September 18, 2023


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11:00 AM


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September 21, 2023


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2:00 PM

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

This online mini-bootcamp offered September 18 - 21, 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.

Prior to the bootcamp, 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:

  • Live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group activities
  • Support to set up their home computers for data work
  • The ability to schedule one on one help from the trainers during specified hours the days of the training
  • 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
  • Practice datasets to continue learning 

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools: Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection. A second monitor is encouraged, but not required.

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


Date and Time

Monday, September 18 - Thursday, September 21, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.



Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


December 4, 2023


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11:00 AM


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December 7, 2023


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2:00 PM

In this bootcamp being offered December 4-7th from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. (CT), learn how you can use the Python programming language to scrape data from the web. In this advanced online mini-bootcamp, we’ll cover:

  • Using built-in browser tools to target page elements for extraction
  • Setting up a Python project with a virtual environment, using Jupyter notebooks and installing various scraping and parsing libraries
  • Strategies for navigating various kinds of web pages, from simple (static HTML) to advanced (paginated databases, server-rendered content, restrictive cookies, etc.)
  • Writing your scraped data to file
  • Scraping best practices

Note: Attendees will need to install Python on their computers prior to the workshop -- here’s IRE’s installation guide -- and have a beginner-level understanding of basic Python syntax (data types, variable assignment, control flow statements, etc.). You don’t need to be a regular Python user to benefit from this workshop, but for the sake of time we’re going to assume that you are familiar with some basic syntax rules. You can get a good syntax introduction (or refresher) by watching the first couple of Python videos on NICAR-LEARN (signing up gives you a year of free access).

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

Attendees will receive:

  • Live instruction from an IRE trainer, including demonstrations, hands-on activities and small-group activities.
  • Support for getting up and running with Python on your home computer.
  • Example Python scripts to use as a reference and adapt for your own projects.
  • An opportunity for one-on-one project guidance.
  • Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional training videos and materials.

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools:

  • A strong internet connection
  • Zoom
  • Python installed on your computer (please let us know if you’re already using a different setup, e.g. conda, pipenv, etc.)

Pre-requisites:

  • You should have a beginner-level familiarity with basic Python syntax rules (data types, variable assignment, control flow statements, etc.)

Date and Time

Monday, December 4 - Thursday, December 7, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.



Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


October 30, 2023


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11:00 AM


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November 2, 2023


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2:00 PM

R is a free, open-source and powerful programming language for cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data, as well as statistical analysis. This bootcamp being offered October 30-November 2 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., (CT) will cover all those skills, starting with the building blocks of importing and performing basic analysis on data.

This bootcamp is for anyone who is familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn a programming language that specializes in visualization and statistical analysis.

Prior to the bootcamp, 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:

  • Live instruction from an IRE trainer, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities and small-group projects
  • 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
  • Practice datasets to continue learning

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools: R and RStudio (both free and cross-platform), Zoom, a good internet connection

Pre-requisites: No previous programming experience necessary, though you should have a strong grasp of analyzing structured data in spreadsheets.


Date and Time

Monday, October 30 - Thursday, November 2, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.



Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


April 17, 2023


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11:00 AM


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April 20, 2023


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2:00 PM

This online mini-bootcamp offered April 17-20, will dive deep into the fundamentals of data visualization for the web. The training will focus on free, template-ready tools. Registrants will learn the concepts behind dataviz, how to choose the best graphs for each type of information and how to create different visual pieces. We will also facilitate conversations around ethics, bias and accessibility. No coding is required. 

Prior to the bootcamp, attendees will receive instructions on setting up the necessary accounts and information on accessing the course materials and live videos. Sessions will be taught through Zoom.

Attendees will receive:

  • Live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group activities
  • Support to continue the work on their own
  • The ability to schedule one on one help from the trainers during specified hours on the days of the training
  • Ongoing access to all videos recorded during the bootcamp, plus additional material for practicing on their own

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools: Adding Google Chrome web browser, Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection. A second monitor is encouraged, but not required.

Pre-requisites: A basic knowledge of data journalism. You must have a Gmail account to access bootcamp materials and work in Google Sheets.


Date and Time

Monday, April 17 - Thursday, April 20, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.


March 13, 2023


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11:00 AM


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March 16, 2023


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2:00 PM

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

This online mini-bootcamp offered March 13-16, 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.

Prior to the bootcamp, 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:

  • Live instruction from the IRE training team, including video demonstrations, hands-on activities, and small-group activities
  • Support to set up their home computers for data work
  • The ability to schedule one on one help from the trainers during specified hours the days of the training
  • 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
  • Practice datasets to continue learning 

Technical Information & Requirements

Necessary tools: Google Sheets, Zoom, a good internet connection. A second monitor is encouraged, but not required.

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


Date and Time

Monday, March 13 - Thursday, March 16, 2023

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT)


Registration

You must be a current IRE member to attend this bootcamp. Pricing is based on the size of your audience. You can see the size definitions here.

  • Division I: $600
  • Division II: $500
  • Division III: $400
  • Division IV: $300
  • University educators: $400
  • Freelancers/students: $200

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $75 processing fee for cancellations until the week prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this date.



Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.

Digging into Data hands-on training is coming to New York City on January 20. Get started using data in your stories with IRE's mini-boot camp, taught by IRE's experienced trainers.


Only members can purchase tickets to IRE events. Please log in or become a member to continue.

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