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NICAR 2021

March 3-5, 2021

IRE’s annual data journalism conference was originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore, Maryland. We are moving the event online because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“NICAR is such a unique conference with its hands-on training, innovative sessions and collaborative spirit,” IRE Deputy Executive Director Denise Malan said. “While we wish we could see everyone in person, we are excited to create something new and different for NICAR this year, and make the event more accessible to journalists, educators and students around the globe.”

Still need to register?
You can do that online. You will receive an email giving you access to the conference platform within 1 business day after registration. During conference week, we will work to give you access as soon as possible after registration.
Already registered but don’t know how to get started?
If you’ve already set up your account on the conference platform site called Pathable, go to *We highly recommend you bookmark this URL for easy access throughout the conference, and especially since you can access it for a full year.

If you haven’t set up your account on the conference platform site called Pathable yet, search your inbox and Spam folder for “Pathable.” The email contains a link to access Pathable. Using the link from that email, you’ll be asked to set a password. You need this email and password to access Pathable during and after the conference.

Can’t find the email and you’ve searched your inbox and Spam folder for “Pathable,” email

Check out the FAQ about joining the conference website
Why should I register?
The NICAR21 Virtual Conference is your chance to attend more than 150 sessions focused on data journalism, including live panels and demos, on-demand data training, and networking opportunities! You’ll have access to the virtual hands-on labs plus live session recordings, all tipsheets and materials for a year after the conference.
What we're planning for #NICAR21
View the schedule here! Hands-on data skills will be taught via on-demand, pre-recorded videos led by IRE trainers, so that anyone can learn at their own pace. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons so attendees can jump in at their current skill level. We’ll offer sessions in spreadsheets, SQL, programming and data viz.

To complement the on-demand data training, we plan to offer multiple office hours for attendees to get one-on-one help with any data skill or help setting up their computers for data work. Volunteer to help with office hours here by Feb. 10. Sign up coming soon for those who want to get help through office hours. 

It wouldn’t be NICAR without the fun, community-building events! We plan to have some fun sessions that have nothing to do with data or journalism so you can relax and socialize with your fellow NICARians.

All attendees will receive access to the conference site, including hands-on classes and live session recordings, for a year afterward.  

Join IRE staff for a preview of #NICAR21 on Feb. 8. IRE members and potential members are welcome.
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