Events and Training

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.

View a list of boot camp alumni.

Financial assistance is available. IRE and NICAR offer special fellowships to minority journalists. The fellowship 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 12-16, 2015 — Columbia, MO  

March 23-27, 2015 — Columbia, MO  

August 2-6, 2015 — Columbia, MO  (FULL - Please email to get on the waiting list)


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 ArcGIS. Participants should have basic knowledge in using relational database software such as Access or MySQL. Mapping mini-boot camps are held at IRE and NICAR headquarters in Columbia, Mo.  Click for registration, fees and schedule information.

August 7-9, 2015 - Columbia, MO Register Here


Statistics 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.


Coding for Journalists - Learn how to write code in Python to clean datasets and to build a web scraper with this workshop hosted by IRE and the University of Missouri Journalism School. Past instructors for this workshop have included Chase Davis, assistant editor for interactive news development at The New York Times. Prior completion of the Computer Assisted Reporting class or a CAR bootcamp is a prerequisite.


More information on travel to and lodging options in Columbia.