Attend any one of these boot camps or advanced boot camps to learn how to analyze data using spreadsheets and databases, map data, or use statistical analysis in your work. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to work on during open lab time.
Computer-Assisted Reporting Boot Camps are partially supported by the John S. & James. L. Knight Foundation. NICAR is a joint program of IRE and the Missouri School of Journalism.
Financial assistance is available. IRE and NICAR offer special fellowships to minority journalists and for journalists at small news organizations for the boot camps. The fellowships cover tuition and most of travel and lodging costs.
- “Great program! You expanded my thinking on what is doable.”
— Josh Wilson, WFTV-Orlando
Choose a boot camp:
CAR boot camps - Learn to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze information and translate that information into stories. These boot camps are offered several times each year. In addition, NICAR provides followup help when participants return to their organizations. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.
January 14-18, 2013 — Columbia, MO (Registration for this camp is closed.)
March 24-28, 2013 — Columbia, MO (Registration for this camp is closed.)
August 4-8, 2013 - Columbia, MO (Download registration form)
Mapping boot camps - Learn how to uncover interesting news stories by mapping data with geographic information system (GIS) software. IRE and NICAR will conduct this hands-on training using ArcView 9 GIS. Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database software such as Access or MySQL. Registrants for this seminar will receive "Mapping the News: Case Studies in GIS and Journalism" at no extra cost. Mapping mini-boot camps are held at IRE and NICAR headquarters in Columbia, Mo. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.
August 9-11 2013 - Columbia, MO (Download registration form)
Statistics mini-boot camps - Strengthen your skills with statistical analysis training to add deeper insight and credibility to your stories. Reporters should know spreadsheet and database manager applications and have experience in computer-assisted reporting. Click for registration, fees and schedule information.
Web Programming mini boot camps - Learn how to take important databases—from local crime stats to school test scores—and turn them into powerful, useful tools for your Web site audience. You know it’s the next step for your CAR skills. Start building your own online data features with these advanced hands-on classes: Web Programming for Journalists and Django for Djournalists. Choose between 3-day and 6-day training options.