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2020 IRE Conference

September 21, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

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January 2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators Online

January 4, 2021

** This event is sold out. We'll be holding another Data Bootcamp for Educators in summer 2021. **

In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting.

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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

January 9, 2021

Join us on Saturday, Jan. 9 for an Online TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35. Learn the fundamentals of investigative reporting to help you dig deeper, even on deadline.

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January Data Journalism Bootcamp Online

January 11, 2021

** This event is sold out. Watch for more bootcamps later in the year. **

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records.

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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Legal workshop with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

January 22, 2021

Join us on Friday, Jan. 22 for a TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35. Learn how to navigate legal issues in your newsroom from media lawyers at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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Mini-Bootcamp Online: Data Viz with Tableau

February 1, 2021

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Mini-Bootcamp Online: Python

February 8, 2021 @ 10:00 AM

** This event is sold out. Watch for more bootcamps in the future.**

This bootcamp is for anyone who is already familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn how to use Python, a popular and versatile programming language.

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Mini-Bootcamp Online: R & RStudio

February 16, 2021

** This event is sold out. Watch for more bootcamps in the future.**

This bootcamp is for anyone who is familiar with the basics of analyzing structured data and wants to learn a programming language that specializes in visualization and statistical analysis.

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Online Master Class: Digital Investigations

February 19, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | Feb. 19 from 11 am to 3 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

This workshop will teach fundamental skills, tools, and techniques for conducting digital investigations. The workshop will mix demos with exercises for participants using tools that are free or reasonably priced. No computer programming or advanced technical skills are required.

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2021 NICAR Conference

March 3, 2021

The 2020 NICAR Conference will take place online March 3-5 from noon to 4 pm ET. Registration is $175 for professionals and $50 for students. A current IRE membership is required.

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Online Master Class: Become a public records sleuth

March 17, 2021 @ 12:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | March 17 from noon to 4 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35 This half-day workshop will cover the essentials for becoming a public records power sleuth – the key elements for mastering the art of access. David Cuillier, associate professor at the University of Arizona and co-author of The Art of Access, and Grace I. Cheng, Director of Practical Law Government Practice at Thomson Reuters, will lead you through the fundamentals, as well as the latest research and tools.

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March Data Journalism Bootcamp Online

March 29, 2021

**This event is sold out. Watch for more bootcamps in the future. To add your name to the waiting list, email logistics@ire.org.** IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records.

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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Art of the television investigative interview

April 17, 2021

Join us on Saturday, April 17 for an Online TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35.

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Online TV Watchdog Workshop: Digging deeper with data

May 15, 2021

Join us on Saturday, May 15 for an Online TV Watchdog Workshop! This half-day event is open to all television journalists and costs $35.

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May 2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators Online

May 17, 2021

Current IRE membership required | May 17-21 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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2021 IRE Conference

June 14, 2021

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2021 IRE Board of Directors meeting

June 17, 2021

The IRE Board of Directors will meet online via Zoom from 9 a.m. - Noon EDT on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The meeting is open to all IRE members with current membership through June. Members must register for the meeting.

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2021 IRE Board of Directors candidate forum

June 18, 2021

A candidate forum for the IRE Board of Directors elections will be held online via Zoom at 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 18, 2021. The meeting is open to all IRE members with current membership through June. Members must register for the meeting.

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2021 IRE Membership meeting

June 19, 2021

IRE Board President Cheryl W. Thompson and IRE Executive Director Diana Fuentes will lead a membership meeting online via Zoom at 5 p.m. EDT on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Members must register for the meeting.

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2021 IRE Board of Directors election of officers

June 22, 2021

The IRE Board of Directors will meet online via Zoom at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to elect officers. Members must register for the meeting.

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Online Master Class with Media Law Resource Center

August 6, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | August 6 from 1 to 5 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35 This half-day workshop is being offered in conjunction with the Media Law Resource Center. George Freeman and Jeffrey P. Hermes will be lead the sessions. Attend a session on Libel and Invasion of Privacy and Newsgathering Law.

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August Data Journalism Bootcamp Online

August 9, 2021

Current IRE membership required | Aug. 9-18 | Tickets cost $550-$1,000 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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September TV Data Journalism Bootcamp Online

September 13, 2021

IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. This bootcamp is specialized for journalists working in TV.

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Online Master Class: Editing & bulletproofing the data story

September 30, 2021 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | September 30 from 1 to 4 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. No matter your comfort level with data, this session will give you the foundation you need to help make sure your reporters aren't running with scissors or spinning their wheels on data projects. Two veteran editors, Jennifer LaFleur of The Center for Public Integrity and Maud Beelman of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, will guide you through the ins and outs of data journalism from an editor's point of view, including helping reporters find focus for their data stories, being skeptical of data and finding potential pitfalls. Don't miss this half-day workshop with Maud Beelman, Executive Editor of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, ASU and Jennifer LaFleur, Senior Editor at The Center for Public Integrity.

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Virtual Attendance: DBEI Symposium

October 21, 2021

Current IRE membership required | Oct. 21-22 | Tickets cost $150 for professionals and $50 for students The symposium will focus on helping journalists with newsroom diversity issues and with investigating inequality in their communities, from education and labor to housing and criminal justice.

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Online Master Class: Outlining and structure - The writer's missing manual

October 28, 2021 @ 9:30 AM

Current IRE membership required | October 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 am (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Outlining might be the single best thing you can do to make you a better, faster writer. This isn't the roman numeral outlining your middle school teacher taught you. We'll take a story from the ground up, showing how early considerations about structure and framing develop into a draft. We’ll discuss how to avoid the most common pitfalls and make the editing process less painful. Don't miss this two-hour workshop with Matt Apuzzo from The New York Times.

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November Data Journalism Bootcamp Online

November 8, 2021

**This bootcamp is full. To add your name to the waiting list, please email logistics@ire.org. Current IRE membership required | Nov. 8-17 | Tickets cost $550-$1,000 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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Mini-Bootcamp Online: Web scraping with Python

December 13, 2021 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | Dec 13-16 from 11am-3pm (ET) | Tickets cost $200-300

Learn how you can use the Python programming language to scrape data from the web. In this advanced online mini-bootcamp, we’ll cover: Using built-in browser tools to target page elements for extraction; setting up a Python project with a virtual environment, using Jupyter notebooks and installing various scraping and parsing libraries; strategies for navigating various kinds of web pages, from simple (static HTML) to advanced (paginated databases, server-rendered content, restrictive cookies, etc.); writing your scraped data to file; and scraping best practices.

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January Data Journalism Bootcamp (moved to virtual)

January 10, 2022

Current IRE membership required | Jan. 10-14 | Tickets cost $550-$1,000 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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In-Person Attendance: 2022 NICAR Conference

March 3, 2022

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Virtual Attendance: 2022 NICAR Conference

March 3, 2022

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2022 March IRE Board of Directors Meeting

March 5, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

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March 2022 Data Journalism Bootcamp (in-person)

March 28, 2022

Current IRE membership required | March 28-April 1 | Tickets cost $550-$1,100 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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2022 April IRE Board of Directors Meeting

April 14, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 12-2 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Members must register for the meeting.

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Webinar: Equitably covering and engaging with the trans community

May 3, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Register for this free webinar on Tuesday, May 3 for IRE members. This workshop offers a foundation for developing respectful and accurate coverage of trans issues and people. Tuck Woodstock of Sylveon Consulting will share tools for nuanced reporting on the trans community and strategies for how to discuss gender in inclusive and intersectional ways.

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2022 June 1 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

June 1, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

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In-Person Attendance: 2022 IRE Conference

June 23, 2022

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Virtual Attendance: 2022 IRE Conference

June 23, 2022

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2022 June 23 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

June 23, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

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July 2022 Data Bootcamp for Educators Online

July 11, 2022

Current IRE membership required | July 11-15, 2022 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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July 11, 2022 Board of Directors election of officers

July 11, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | 07/11/2022 from 1 pm to 2 pm (Eastern) | Free

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 1 - 2 p.m. ET on Monday, July 11, 2022 via Zoom to elect officers to the executive committee.

The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be purchased at no charge below.

All those registered will receive an email with the Zoom login to access the meeting. Watch your email the day of the meeting for details. For any questions, please email logistics@ire.org

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July 2022 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Chicago, IL)

July 25, 2022

Current IRE membership required | July 25-29, 2022 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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August 2022 Data Bootcamp for Educators Online

August 1, 2022

Current IRE membership required | August 1-5, 2022 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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August 2022 Data Journalism Bootcamp (in-person)

August 8, 2022

Current IRE membership required | August 8-12 | Tickets cost $550-$1,100 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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2022 August 14-15 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

August 14, 2022 @ 9:00 AM

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2022 September 21 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

September 21, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

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Mini-Bootcamp online: Python for data analysis

September 27, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | September 27-30 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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Online Master Class: Editing the data story (Oct 2022)

October 14, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | October 14 from noon to 3 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $45

Managing a data project presents challenges for any editor. No matter your comfort level with data, this session will give you the foundation you need to help make sure your reporters aren't running with scissors or spinning their wheels on data projects. Two veteran editors, Jennifer LaFleur of The Center for Public Integrity and Maud Beelman of the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, will guide you through the ins and outs of data journalism from an editor's point of view.

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DBEI Symposium (virtual)

October 20, 2022

Current IRE membership required | Oct. 20-21 | Tickets cost $150 for professionals and $50 for students The symposium will focus on helping journalists with newsroom diversity issues and with investigating inequality in their communities, from policing and elections to management and newsroom culture.

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Mini-Bootcamp online: R for data analysis

October 25, 2022 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | October 25-28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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Mini-Bootcamp online: Getting started in spreadsheets

November 3, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | November 3-4 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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2022 November 4 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

November 4, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

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Online Master Class: Managing investigators… or how to lead journalists born to challenge authority (Nov 2022)

November 18, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | November 18 from noon to 3 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $45

Being a news manager is already tough - but what if you supervise investigative journalists? They come with an extra layer of challenges, because their very job (and likely their personality) makes them hyper-alert to authority figures. This course is designed to give you some tools and tactics to lead individuals and entire teams of investigators in a more effective way. Learn from four investigative managers from different media at different stages of their leadership careers. How did they launch into their roles, and what experience have they gained along the way? This course is for current investigative managers and anyone aspiring to step into such a position in the future. Topics will include: managing compassionately, hiring challenges, transitioning to management, forging partnerships, building relationships, handling resource cuts, organization/structure, tough decisions/conversations, in-house training/growth, delivering feedback, creating inclusive opportunities, and juggling responsibilities/projects/work.

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Giving Tuesday Webinar: 30 records to request right now (Nov 2022)

November 29, 2022 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | November 29 from 1 to 2 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Get your FOI templates ready to roll! New York Times investigative reporter and public records geek Mark Walker will cover his favorite, most unique, overlooked and under-appreciated records to request from all levels of government. They'll also give examples of how these records were used to produce stories in newsrooms around the country.

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Giving Tuesday Webinar: The Essentials - An Intro to Digital Safety & Security

November 29, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | November 29 from 4 to 5 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $35

Sarah Kate Thomas, from The New York Times, and Kristen Larson, from Yahoo, will overview the essentials that every journalist should have in their toolkit to protect the integrity of their work and sanity online.

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Mini-Bootcamp online: SQL

December 12, 2022 @ 10:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | December 12-15 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT) |Tickets cost $200-$600

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January 2023 Data Journalism Bootcamp (in-person)

January 9, 2023

Current IRE membership required | January 9-13 | Tickets cost $500-$1,250 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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IRE New York Workshop (January 2023)

January 20, 2023

This workshop is full. Please email logistics@ire.org with any questions. Join IRE in New York City January 20-21 for a stellar line-up of panels and data classes focusing on data analysis techniques, business reporting, funding investigative projects, and more.

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January 2023 Digging into Data hands-on training (in-person)

January 20, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

Digging into Data hands-on training is coming to New York City on January 20. Get started using data in your stories with IRE's mini-boot camp, taught by IRE's experienced trainers.

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2023 February 3 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

February 3, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT on Friday, February 3, 2023. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be secured at no charge.

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2023 NICAR Conference

March 2, 2023

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2023 March 3 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 1 - 4 p.m. CT on Friday, March 3, 2023 at the NICAR Conference. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be secured at no charge.

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Online Master Class: Writing the Investigative Narrative (March 2023)

March 10, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | March 10 from 1-4 pm (ET) | Tickets cost $45

Learn how to make your investigative writing compelling and powerful. We cover everything from defining an investigative narrative to how to report, organize, write and self-edit your own! Topics include: Understanding the investigative narrative; How to pitch; Turning sources into characters; Writing a scene; Self-editing tips and techniques; and Organizing and writing a deeply reported investigative narrative.

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Mini-Bootcamp online: Spreadsheets (March 2023)

March 13, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | March 13-16 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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Reporting on Threats to Democracy

March 23, 2023 @ 8:00 AM

As threats to democracy proliferate and escalate, our responsibility to report deeply and accurately is increasingly important yet difficult. It's hard to know where to find credible information and identify real threats without unnecessarily amplifying fear. Join the Missouri School of Journalism Hurley Symposium in partnership with Investigative Reporters & Editors for a breakfast symposium to hear about some of the latest topics on threats to democracy and give you story ideas on how to cover the issues on almost any beat. For just a $5 registration fee, participants will come away with a deeper understanding of emerging threats - plus story ideas and the tools to pursue them. A continental breakfast will be served. This event - which is open to journalists, students and the general public - is a project of the Missouri School of Journalism’s Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Journalism, the school’s Washington Program, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.

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March 2023 Data Journalism Bootcamp (in-person)

March 27, 2023

Current IRE membership required | March 27-31 | Tickets cost $500-$1,250 IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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Webinar: How to make it as a freelancer in investigative & data journalism (April 2023)

April 11, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Are you thinking of becoming a freelancer but wonder what obstacles and challenges you will deal with?  Come to this IRE webinar and find out: How to pitch an investigation; Who to pitch to and when; Dealing with contracts; Negotiating pay for a project; Finding documents on a budget; Building your team of success (lawyers, story contacts, etc).

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Mini-Bootcamp online: DataViz (April 2023)

April 17, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | April 17-20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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IRE Jeff German Investigative Workshop (April 2023)

April 22, 2023

Join this regional training event in Las Vegas on April 22-23, 2023, the first IRE Jeff German Investigative Workshop. The workshop honors Jeff German, a longtime Review-Journal reporter who was killed outside his home in Las Vegas on Sept. 2. A county official who was the subject of German’s reporting earlier in the year is charged with murder in German’s death.

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2023 June 14 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

June 14, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 9 - 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be secured at no charge.

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2023 IRE Conference

June 22, 2023

IRE’s annual investigative journalism conference will take place in Orlando, Florida, June 22-25, 2023. The conference begins Thursday, June 22 at 9 a.m. and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Registration includes the welcome reception, the IRE Awards Luncheon and the closing reception.

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2023 June 22 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

June 22, 2023 @ 2:00 PM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 2-5 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 22, 2023 at the IRE Conference. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be secured at no charge.

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June 30, 2023 Board of Directors election of officers

June 30, 2023 @ 8:00 AM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 8-9 a.m. ET on Friday, June 30, 2023, via Zoom to elect officers to the executive committee. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be purchased at no charge below.

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July 2023 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Columbia, MO)

July 10, 2023

Current IRE membership required | July 10-14, 2023 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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Get involved: Join an IRE committee

July 13, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Have you always wanted to know more about how IRE works — and how you can help? Here's your chance! IRE is seeking volunteers for its committees. To find out more about what it's like to serve on a committee, come to a Q&A webinar Thursday, July 13, at 5 p.m. EDT. You'll need to register to attend, but tickets are free.

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July 2023 Data Bootcamp for Educators Online

July 24, 2023

Current IRE membership required | July 24-28, 2023 | Tickets cost $800 In these four-and-a-half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheets, the same skills taught at IRE’s popular Data Journalism Bootcamps, with a focus on learning how to teach these tools in a college setting. Learn more about our educator bootcamps.

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August 2023 Data Journalism Bootcamp (in-person) - this bootcamp is full.

August 7, 2023

Current IRE membership required | August 7-11 | Tickets cost $500-$1,250. This bootcamp is full. IRE’s Data Journalism Bootcamp provides a broad foundation in data skills for anyone with beginner to intermediate skills. We’ll start with basic spreadsheets and build into SQL, which can help you analyze millions of records. Learn more about our data journalism bootcamps.

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2023 August 26 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

August 26, 2023 @ 8:30 AM

The IRE Board of Directors will meet from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 26, 2023. The meeting is open to all current IRE members. Members must register for the meeting, tickets can be secured below at no charge.

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Mini-Bootcamp online: Spreadsheets (September 2023)

September 18, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | September 18-21 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

The place to start for data journalism beginners who want to learn the foundations of using structured data. This online mini-bootcamp offered September 18-21, will dive deep into the fundamentals of using spreadsheets, including navigation, formulas and functions, sorting, filtering and grouping data, plus other critical skills such as finding, gathering and cleaning data. Using real-world datasets and examples, the IRE training team will help attendees learn the technical steps to work with datasets, along with the analytical skills needed to find and bulletproof data-driven stories.

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2023 October 5 Emergency IRE Board of Directors Meeting

October 5, 2023 @ 4:00 PM

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2023 AccessFest

October 12, 2023

AccessFest is IRE’s annual virtual-by-design conference. The two-and-a-half-day event will take place online, October 12-14, 2023. The conference, previously branded as the DBEI Symposium, will expand on IRE’s efforts to provide more accessible training centered on belonging, equity, and inclusion in the newsroom and through better news coverage of inequities in the communities journalists serve. AccessFest will also feature data classes and more traditional investigative reporting panels that are typically seen at NICAR, the data journalism conference, and the IRE Conference. This reframing is part of IRE’s commitment to accessible training; be it not only to learning new skills and techniques but also in consideration of our members' health, caregiving responsibilities and/or financial constraints.

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IRE Phoenix Workshop (October)

October 20, 2023

Elevate your investigative and data skills by joining IRE for a day and a half of professional development training at Arizona State University on October 20 and 21, 2023. This workshop will have something for everyone — whether you're a reporter, student, editor, educator, producer, freelancer or all of the above and then some — you'll be guaranteed a plethora of new tips, tricks, and skills for your tool belt, ideas for your next story and connections with some of the top investigative and data journalists in the country. And you’ve got options! Join us on Friday morning to learn the power of spreadsheets, all day Saturday to hear from award-winning investigative and data journalists, or both days to give your career the ultimate boost. A current IRE membership is required to attend any portion of the workshop. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20 (half-day of spreadsheets training) and from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21.

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2023 October 27 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

October 27, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

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Mini-Bootcamp online: R for data analysis (October 2023)

October 30, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | October 30-November 2 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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Free Webinar: 2024 Elections - Where to begin?

November 3, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

We’ll discuss tried and true tips for digging into local, state and national elections in 2024 and beyond. This webinar, the first in a series of free, monthly webinars, is open to all current IRE members at no cost.

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Join Board of Directors open office hour

November 6, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

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Seminario en línea gratis: FOIA 101

November 10, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

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Mini-Bootcamp online: Web scraping with Python (December 2023)

December 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | December 4-7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. (CT) | Tickets cost $200-$600

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Join Board of Directors open office hour

December 4, 2023 @ 11:00 AM

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Campaign finance 101

December 6, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

This class will focus on how to use the FEC’s web tools to access data featuring a demonstration of how to access reports as soon as they are filed.

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Managing investigators: Protecting your team from threats

December 12, 2023 @ 1:00 PM

Join IRE’s inaugural “Managing Investigators” lunch-and-learn webinar for a Q&A with McCurtain Gazette journalists, moderated by Kat Stafford. This management webinar series will continue in the spring and is free and open to any IRE member – especially those currently or aspiring to lead investigators.

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2024 January 5 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

January 5 @ 10:00 AM

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January 2024 Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets + SQL (In-Person)

January 8 @ 9:00 AM

Current IRE membership required | Jan 8-12 | Tickets cost $500-$1,250.

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Webinar: Covering the Campaign Finance System

January 17 @ 1:00 PM

Campaign finance reporting isn’t just a matter of looking at donors and spending in reports; you’re covering a system of individual and institutional behaviors and relationships. In this webinar, you’ll discover new ways of thinking about money in politics and learn about ways to find great stories.

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IRE LGBTQ+ Listening Session

January 18 @ 1:00 PM

IRE is hosting its first listening session for LGBTQ+ members and allies on Jan 18 at 12pm CST via Zoom. This event aims to foster an open dialogue and understanding of the unique experiences and concerns within IRE’s LGBTQ+ community, as we seek to better serve our LGBTQ+ membership.

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Anatomy of the investigation: Recycling… Digging into a system of secrets

January 26 @ 1:00 PM

Join us for a discussion with journalists who’ve looked into recycling with widely varying results and some tips on how you can do the story where you live.

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Webinar: How to Use LexisNexis to Ramp Up Your Reporting

January 30 @ 1:30 PM

Award-winning investigative reporter and editor Brad Hamilton will walk you through the basics of high-level research on LexisNexis, the go-to option among big media because of its massive cache of articles, many of which are paywall-protected or simply not available through open-source searching.

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Board Office Hours: How to pitch an IRE Panel

February 6 @ 4:00 PM

Join the IRE Board for a casual discussion on how you can submit ideas for IRE24 in Anaheim -- including how we can support journalists in the LA area and elsewhere. We're open to all ideas.

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Election data: Before election night, during and after

February 7 @ 2:00 PM

Three newsrooms talk about how they approach election data storytelling at each stage in the cycle, from explainers to prepare voters, to Election Night rigs and dashboards and how to prepare for post-election visual analysis.

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Webinar: Narrative investigations

February 13 @ 1:00 PM

This workshop - led by Houston Chronicle reporter Andrea Ball - will focus on the tools you need to craft compelling narratives while unveiling or building on investigations.

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2024 February 23 IRE Board of Directors Meeting

February 23 @ 10:00 AM

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Managing Investigators: From Stress to Success… The “People” Part of Supervising

February 27 @ 1:00 PM

If you’re a supervisor preparing for annual employee reviews, mulling over a sensitive one-on-one with an investigative journalist or struggling to find meaningful ways to help that person improve and grow – this session is for you!

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Board Office Hours: How to get the most out of NICAR24

March 5 @ 2:00 PM

As you get ready to head to Baltimore for NICAR24, join the IRE Board for a casual discussion about how to get the most out of the conference. We'll share panel suggestions and insider tips. And as always, we'll also take any other questions you have.

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2024 NICAR Conference

March 7

IRE’s annual data journalism conference will take place in Baltimore, Maryland, March 7-10, 2024. NICAR24 offers something for everyone, from beginners to those on the cutting edge of digital reporting. We’ll offer everything from the basics on using spreadsheets, databases and online mapping to data visualization and the latest technological advances. You’ll come away with story ideas, plenty of inspiration and tools to help you overcome typical data hurdles. Bypass the budget issues in your newsroom by taking hands-on classes in free software. Get a look at what the biggest names in data-driven reporting are using to make a major impact online. Learn from the best in the business in discussions and during hands-on training sessions.

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Webinar: Sunshine Week - 25 records to request right now

March 14 @ 2:30 PM

Public records requests can help you find new stories, expand beat coverage, spark deep-dive investigations — and you'd be surprised at how much information is out there! In this session, IRE executive director Diana Fuentes will share 25 different public records to request right now. This webinar is hosted in partnership with Sunshine Week, to shine a light on the importance of public records and open government. 

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March 2024 Data Journalism Bootcamp - Google Sheets deep dive (In-Person)

March 25 @ 12:00 PM

Current IRE membership required | March 25-29 | Tickets cost $500-$1,250.

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Anatomy of the Investigation: Local Housing Stories You Can’t Afford to Miss 

March 26 @ 1:00 PM

A lack of affordable housing, low-income challenges and deplorable living conditions – often with appalling landlords, safety concerns and little oversight – are challenges happening in most communities across the country. But finding and digging into these stories – and telling them in memorable, impactful ways – isn’t always easy.

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Webinar: Follow the Money: Using HospitalFinances.org

March 27 @ 12:00 PM

Longtime AHCJ member Karl Stark will show you how to use AHCJ's hospitalfinances.org site and other tools to report stories about hospitals' financial health.

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IRE Board Office Hours: How to run for the board

April 11 @ 12:00 PM

Have you always wanted to know more about how IRE works? Do you have questions or ideas for the organization? Or are you just looking to get to know some of IRE's leaders? Join the IRE Board of Directors for this virtual office hour.

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IRE Oklahoma City Watchdog Workshop (April 12 & 13)

April 12 @ 9:00 AM

Elevate your investigative and data skills by joining IRE for a day and a half of professional development training at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, April 12 and 13, 2024.

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Unearthing the secrets of politicians and public officials

April 16 @ 1:00 PM

Join us to learn how to scrub any politician or candidate, think about what questions to ask and hold the powers that be accountable this election year.

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