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NICAR22 registration is open

Registration is open for IRE’s hybrid NICAR22 data journalism conference, which runs March 3-6 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and online. The conference will feature hands-on data classes, panels and discussions, and opportunities to network with fellow journalists.

Members will have the choice of registering for the in-person conference or for online-only access. Register by Jan. 18, 2022, to secure the early-bird rate of $295 for professionals in-person. After that date, professional registration will be $325 until March 1 for in-person. The on-site registration rate of $405 for professionals will begin on March 2, 2022. Virtual registration will remain at $195 for professionals. Students may register at any time for $100 in person and $50 for virtual only. IRE membership is required to attend and must be current through April 1.

IRE is keeping the health and safety of our members at the forefront of planning the conference. We have implemented numerous safety protocols to ensure attendee safety, including requiring in-person attendees be fully vaccinated prior to the event. 

Those who attend the conference virtually will have access to some conference sessions, live-streamed and recorded. They also will have access to IRE’s on-demand data labs to learn hands-on data skills such as spreadsheets, SQL and programming languages. Members who attend the conference in person also will have access to the recorded sessions online.

“We’re looking forward to our first in-person conference in two years,” said IRE Executive Director Diana R. Fuentes. “We have been conducting informative, engaging virtual sessions during the pandemic, but there’s nothing quite like in-person connections.”

“NICAR22 is a wonderful opportunity to visit with old friends and make new ones while honing investigative and data journalism skills. Join us!”      

Sign up for the NICAR22 email newsletter to receive major updates and reminders of key dates/deadlines surrounding the conference.

Frequently asked questions

How do I register for NICAR22?

First, make sure you have a current IRE membership through April 1, 2022. You can do that by logging into your account on the website and going to Manage Memberships in your Member Dashboard. 

  • If you have a current membership, you will see a green ‘Yes’ in the Active column. 
  • If your membership has expired, click the ‘Subscribe’ button to go through the renewal process. (Note: If your membership expired before Dec. 1, 2020, you will not be able to log in to the website. Please create a new account on our website by filling out the Join form.)
  • If you have never been an IRE member, please apply from the Join page.

Next, go to either the virtual conference or in-person conference ticket page. The correct price for your membership level will show up in the ‘Get Tickets’ block. Click ‘Add to cart’ and follow the steps to check out.

If the ticket block is blank, please check that you are logged into your account with a current membership. If you still need help, email logistics@ire.org

How do I make a reservation at the conference hotel in the discounted room block?

The conference is taking place at The Atlanta Marriott Marquis. IRE has secured a discounted block of rooms. The room rate is $215 (single/double) per night plus tax. This block is available until Wednesday, February 9, 2022, or until the block is full (whichever occurs first). If you need to cancel your reservation, you must do so 72 hours prior to your arrival to avoid any cancellation fees. To make a reservation, click here. For any questions on lodging or travel, please email logistics@ire.org

What sessions can I expect at NICAR22?

View a list of expected sessions here. Full session and speaker details will be released in early 2022.

NICAR22 will offer a mix of panels, demos, discussions, networking, and hands-on data training.

Those who register for the virtual event only will have access to some of the sessions from the in-person conference, either live streamed or recorded, plus on-demand hands-on labs to learn data skills.

Will there be Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks, a much-anticipated session at every NICAR conference, will be part of the hybrid experience as well. Lightning Talks are 5-minute presentations on particular skills, tools or techniques. Pitches are submitted and voted on by NICAR22 attendees.

Lightning Talks will be open to pitches soon. Sign up for the NICAR22 email newsletter to receive detailed updates on major announcements and the planning process.

Does IRE offer fellowships to attend? 

Fellowships are available for the following communities:

  • Journalists, students and educators of color
  • Women who are early-career (three years or less) or students
  • Educators who teach data journalism/investigative reporting

Fellowships include a complimentary IRE membership/renewal ($25 for students/$70 for pros) and a complimentary conference registration. Applications are due by Jan. 10, 2022. 

For more information and to apply, visit our fellowships page.

Will there be a mentorship program?

Yes, there will be a mentorship program. Details and sign-up information will be released in the coming weeks.

How do I keep up with all the news about NICAR22?

Sign up here to receive email newsletters with all the latest NICAR22 announcements about sessions, Lightning Talks, the T-shirt contest, office hour signups and more!

What precautions is IRE taking due to COVID-19?

IRE is keeping the health and safety of our members at the forefront of planning the conference. We have implemented numerous safety protocols to ensure attendee safety.

  • IRE COVID safety protocols including vaccination requirement for all attendees (except for approved medical or religious exemptions)
  • Commitment to monitor and meet the latest CDC guidelines
  • Modifications to event settings to help mitigate risks, such as options for social distanced seating in panel rooms and networking areas. 

What is the schedule like for the conference?

The in-person conference begins Thursday, March 3 at 9am (ET) and ends Sunday, March 6 at 12:30pm (ET). The conference runs all day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In-person registration includes the welcome reception on Thursday evening and the Philip Meyer reception on Friday evening. 

Schedule at a glance (in-person)

Thursday

8:15am - Welcome first timers session

9 am - NICAR22 kicks off with first session block

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5 pm - Sessions end 

5:15 pm - Networking opportunities

6pm - Welcome reception

Friday

9am - Sessions begin

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5pm - Lightning Talks

6:15pm - Phil Meyer Award Presentation

6:30pm - Phil Meyer Reception

Saturday

9am - Sessions begin

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5 pm - Sessions end

5:15 pm - Networking opportunities

Sunday

9am - Sessions begin

12:30pm - NICAR22 ends

Schedule at a glance (virtual)

Thursday

8:30am - Welcome session

9am - NICAR22 kicks off with first session block

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5pm - Sessions end for the day

Friday

9am - Sessions begin

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5pm - Lightning Talks

Saturday

9am - Sessions begin

12-2pm - Lunch on your own

5pm - Sessions end

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