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IRE bringing educator bootcamps to three locations

IRE will provide coast-to-coast training opportunities for college educators and students as part of the new IRE on Campus program. Educator bootcamps will take place in Tucson, Chicago and Syracuse. Additionally, two schools — San Diego State University and Florida A&M University — have also been selected to receive free custom training.

Generous funding from Lumina Foundation helped launch the campus initiative. It features two components:

1. Immersive data bootcamps for journalism educators

Educator bootcamps supported by Lumina Foundation and Syracuse University will take place at Loyola University in Chicago July 28 – Aug. 1, 2020, the University of Arizona in Tucson Jan. 5-9, 2021 and Syracuse University in summer 2021.

Each bootcamp will include four-and-a-half days of data training for college journalism educators. Educators will receive hands-on training as well as assistance with syllabus creation and teaching skills. No data journalism experience or data teaching experience is necessary.

Scholarships (including tuition, travel and lodging) will be available for 10 educators of color to attend each bootcamp. Approximately 10 additional slots will be available for other college educators at each training.

For more information on the bootcamps, visit the IRE Data Bootcamps for Educators page.

2. Custom training for students and educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions

IRE selected San Diego State University (HSI) and Florida A&M University (HBCU) for custom training in 2020.

An IRE trainer will spend several days on each campus for a customized program that could feature guest lectures in classes, hands-on data training, an afternoon or evening mini-workshop for all interested students and faculty, a pizza party to brainstorm story ideas, and meetings with administrators and faculty to discuss the latest trends and tools in investigative reporting.

Up to 25 students and faculty at each campus will receive free IRE memberships, which provide access to invaluable online resources.

For more information

  • Read more about the Data Bootcamps for Educators here.
  • To receive email updates about the educator bootcamps, sign up here.
  • Educators of color can apply for scholarships (includes IRE membership, bootcamp registration and $1,500 towards travel and lodging) to attend the educator bootcamps here.

If you have questions, please email

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