Let IRE’s experienced trainers give you everything you need to offer your students a foundation in reporting with data using spreadsheets.
This spreadsheet module will give you all of the materials you need to give your students a hands-on introduction to data journalism. NICAR Courses isn’t a textbook but provides step-by-step teaching guides and real data to go along with the exercises. These datasets have been used by professional journalists and will give your students real-life examples of how to find stories in data.
Instructors should expect the materials to cover two to three weeks of class and include some of the best tips from IRE trainers on how to teach particular concepts and keep students moving forward at a steady pace. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’re happy to help you bring these valuable lessons to your classroom.
Pick the version that works best for your class: Excel for PC, Excel for Mac or Google Sheets.
Instructors can download sample materials including the table of contents and portions of a teaching guide and exercise (student and instructor versions).
If you’d like to see more, email email@example.com. We can send you the entire course pack, minus the data, so you can figure out if NICAR Courses is right for your class.
The first step is to fill out our enrollment form. Once you’ve submitted your information, a member of the IRE team will send you an instructor’s version of the course pack free of charge. Students will be able to purchase and immediately download the student version of the materials from the IRE Store. NICAR Courses costs $20 per student.
If you have questions about the enrollment process or need special accommodations, please contact Lauren Grandestaff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting.
Topics will include building data lessons into existing coursework, creating syllabi for data journalism courses and building hands-on teaching skills. Attendees will receive IRE’s training materials and data, which can be used in their classes.
The bootcamps will be taught by IRE’s experienced trainers and a college-level data journalism professor. The bootcamps are open to anyone teaching journalism at a college or university, regardless of academic title. No data journalism or data teaching experience is necessary.
As a student member of IRE you get the same member benefits as professionals! Here are a few additional resources to be aware of:
Sarah Hutchins is a training director for IRE & NICAR. She previously served as the organization’s editorial director, overseeing IRE’s publications and online platforms. Sarah has worked for daily newspapers in several states. Before joining IRE in 2014, she was a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master’s degree in data science and analytics from the University of Missouri.