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Data Analysis

For more than 30 years, the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) has helped enhance journalists’ investigative work through collecting, sorting and making sense of data. If you don’t have the resources, time, skills or tools to get it done, NICAR can help.

We’ll tackle almost anything, from data conversion to cleaning to full-blown analysis. We work with our own data and with data you provide. We charge an hourly rate based on the difficulty of the job and your market size. We’ll give you a good-faith estimate before we start the work.

We always keep your data and your story ideas to ourselves. We’ll never share anything with anybody, ever, unless you give us explicit permission.

Services start at $50 per hour for small news organizations. Rates increase in relation to the complexity of work and size of the newsroom. Long-term contracts and retainer services are available.


Types of Jobs

Here are some examples of the types of jobs we’ve done in the past:

Dealing with a file format that you don’t recognize, such as .DAT or .XML? Or those pesky .PDFs? We can most likely help you convert those files into something more useful.
Have a bunch of text files or spreadsheets that you want to analyze, but don’t want to spend the time doing the imports? Let us do them for you.
Do you need text fields converted to dates, name fields split into first and last, or badly formatted data put neatly into rows and columns? We love to clean data.
If you have geographic data, we can map your data and help you with spatial analysis.
If you have data and questions but don’t know how to answer them, we can help you get the answers.

Ready to hire IRE?

The next step is fill out our online request form. Our director of data services will get in touch with you to discuss your newsroom's needs and explain our fees in more detail.
Ana Ley, The Virginian-Pilot
For a long time in my career I wanted to do investigative journalism, but I didn’t know what to call it. I didn’t know what it looked like. Interacting with IRE and especially meeting other people of color who are investigative journalists have really given me a lot of inspiration to go after the stories that I thought were maybe too ambitious for me.
- Ana Ley, The Virginian-Pilot

Meet Your IRE Expert

Charles Minshew
Charles Minshew

Charles Minshew is the Director of Data Services for IRE and NICAR. He helps maintain the Database Library and helps members with custom data analysis needs. He most recently worked as a multimedia artist at the Orlando Sentinel, specializing in data visualization and analysis. He was also a member of the Denver Post staff that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Aurora theater massacre. A 2013 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Georgia Southern University, Charles is a native of Rochelle, Georgia.

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