IRE Training Events

  • March 5, 2020

    New Orleans, Louisiana

    2020 NICAR Conference

    Join IRE and NICAR in New Orleans, LA for our annual conference devoted to data journalism, March 5-8, 2020 at the New Orleans Marriot. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers, viewers and your online audience the information they're demanding.

    The Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference 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.

    The conference begins Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8.

    Share your ideas by Sept. 15: Use this form to share ideas, suggestions and other comments you think will help us plan the best possible conference. The only required field is your contact information (in case we want to follow up). No suggestion is too small. Just make sure to have your ideas to us by Sept. 15.

    Subscribe to our email list for detailed updates: We'll let you know any time we make a major announcement, update you on the planning process and remind you of key dates/deadlines surrounding the conference. Sign up!

    Additional details on the conference can be found here.

  • March 20, 2020

    Salt Lake City, Utah

    2020 Salt Lake City, Utah Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Brigham Young University School of Communications

    IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend. Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Friday, March 20.

    Expected speakers include Andrew Becker, KUER Public Radio; Howard Berkes, NPR; Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE & NICAR; Gillian Friedman, Deseret News; David Reymann, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless; and more.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

    Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Workshop Location

    Friday's workshop will take place in BYU Salt Lake Center Auditorium, Room 101. Saturday's optional session will take place in BYU Salt Lake Center, Room 318.

    Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    $55 Professional

    $25 Student

    $30 Optional hands-on spreadsheet training

    Registration

    Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below. 

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

    Workshop evaluations

    Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

  • March 21, 2020

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    2020 Pittsburgh, PA Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University

    IRE will offer several of its core sessions, designed to improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on bulletproofing stories, digging deeper on the Web with social media, search engines and much more.

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend. Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, March 21.

    Expected speakers include Rich Lord, PublicSource; Denise Malan, IRE & NICAR; Julian Sher, investigative journalist; Halle Stockton, PublicSource and more.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Optional Hands-on Spreadsheet Training

    Sunday, March 22, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Attend this hands-on workshop and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spreadsheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, election data and more. Also, learn how to dig deeper using the Internet and find valuable datasets for your stories. Class size is limited; register early to reserve a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Workshop Location

    Saturday's workshop will take place at Point Park University, Lawrence Hall 200 (LH200). Sunday's optional session will take place at Point Park University, Academic Hall 406. 

    Please enter Academic Hall at 201 Wood Street, located at the corner of Wood and 3rd Avenue.  The building's entrance is located on the 3rd Avenue side of the building.  You may access the 2nd floor, using the stairs or elevator and cross the skywalk to enter Lawrence Hall. 

    Parking is available in nearby parking garages for $6.00 on the weekends and street parking is free on Sundays. Please reference a campus map here.

    Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    $55 Professional

    $25 Student

    $30 Optional hands-on spreadsheet training

    Registration

    Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below.

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

    Workshop evaluations

    Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

  • March 23, 2020

    Columbia, Missouri

    2020 March Data Journalism Bootcamp

    Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.

    Additional details including fees and a tentative schedule can be found here.

  • April 3, 2020

    Nashville, Tennessee

    2020 Nashville Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Region III

    IRE is bringing its highly rated Watchdog Workshop to Nashville in conjunction with the NABJ Region III Conference.

    This training will offer several of our core sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories.

    These sessions are designed for reporters, editors, and producers from small, midsize and large publications, TV, radio stations, Web-only news sites and news blogs. Freelancers, students and journalism educators are also encouraged to attend.

    Expected speakers include Francisco Vara-Orta, IRE & NICAR and more.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran reporters for our Watchdog Workshop Friday, April 3rd. Those who attend the workshop will receive a certificate of completion after the event.

    Get the tools and the tricks of the trade that you need to be a better, faster, watchdog journalist.

    This workshop will take place Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program is made possible thanks to support from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

    Workshop Location

    Friday sessions will take place at The Freedom Forum, John Siegenthaler First Amendment Center in Nashville, TN. If you have any questions, please contact logistics@ire.org.

    Registration/Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    $25 Professional (if attending NABJ Region III conference)

    $55 Professional (for IRE workshop only)

    $25 students

    Register here

    Workshop evaluations

    Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

  • April 4, 2020

    Pembroke Park, Florida

    2020 Miami TV Watchdog Workshop

    Hosted by: WPLG-TV Local 10

    IRE will offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast. Learn how to find and get key public records and data for stories that make a difference in your market. Master the art of the investigative interview. Get tips on quick-turn stories with an investigative edge. Learn to dig deeper online and via social media.

    Expected speakers include Patti DiVincenzo, IRE & NICAR; Myriam Masihy, Telemundo 51; Al Tompkins, Poynter; Amy Viteri, WPLG-TV; and more.

    Join IRE's experienced trainers and a group of veteran journalists for our Watchdog Workshop Saturday, April 4.

    This program is made possible thanks to support from the Knight Foundation.

    Workshop Fees (includes a one-year IRE membership, if you are a current IRE member, your membership will be extended by one year. Attendees must meet IRE membership terms)

    $55 Professional

    $25 Student

    Registration

    Registration can be done by clicking on "click here to begin" which can be found below. Current or expired members will log into their profile. If you do not have a profile, you will be able to create one and then register for the event. Instructions will be found when clicking "click here to begin" which can be found below.

    All cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $25 processing fee for professionals ($10 for students) for cancellations until the Wednesday prior to the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after this day. Cancellations void the membership included with the workshop registration.

    Workshop evaluations

    Attendees can access the workshop evaluation online. We appreciate feedback from attendees as this allows us to improve the program and provide feedback to our funders.

  • April 17, 2020

    Austin, Texas

    2020 Python Bootcamp - Austin, Texas

    Hosted by: School of Journalism | Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin

    IRE and the School of Journalism at Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin are offering a special hands-on workshop April 17-19 covering the fundamentals of Python programming. Exercises will include web scraping, preparing data for analysis and automating repetitive tasks to speed up your reporting. The course will be taught using Python, but the concepts will also be applicable to other programming languages. It will cover topics like how to write and run code, how to use programming libraries to avoid reinventing the wheel and how journalists make use of these techniques to produce award-winning work. No programming experience is necessary, but attendees should have experience working with data in spreadsheets, database managers or other analysis tools. Computers will be provided for the training.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will begin at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and will end at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 19.

    Additional details, including pricing and workshop registration, can be found here.

  • April 27, 2020

    New York, New York

    2020 R Bootcamp - New York

    Hosted by: NBC Universal

    IRE and NBC Universal are offering a special hands-on workshop April 27-29. We will introduce you to R, a free, powerful open-source programming language, that will add statistical heft to your reporting. By the end of this two-and-a-half-day bootcamp, you will learn how to import, clean, analyze and even visualize your data.

    Some important things that you should be able to do upon your return to the newsroom:

    • You’ll know how to use RStudio and how to quickly analyze and clean data without ever having to open it in Excel.
    • Create an R Script that you can use to import and analyze data and then share it with others in your newsroom.
    • Design graphics that can be styled (within RStudio or later using Adobe Illustrator) for use in static graphics online and in print.

    You can feel confident enough to sign up for this boot camp if you have never used R before, though you should have a basic understanding of data analysis concepts.

    Important note: You’ll need to bring your own laptop with R and RStudio pre-installed. You’ll need R first. Download it for your specific operating system here. Once you have R installed, you can install the software RStudio here. Both are free, open source and available for Mac and Windows.

    Workshop date/times: The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 27 and end at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. Please enter the building on the Sixth Avenue side, ground floor near the gift shop.

    Additional details, including pricing and workshop registration, can be found here.

  • June 18, 2020

    National Harbor, Maryland

    2020 IRE Conference

    Reboot your skills, recharge your watchdog batteries and reconnect with the world’s largest network of investigative journalists during this year’s gathering in National Harbor, MD. Choose from more than 175 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations. Learn how to improve reporting and storytelling across all platforms. Celebrate the best of investigative reporting during our IRE Awards luncheon. Mix and mingle with the best in the business. Learn. Share. Connect.

    All at #IRE20, which opens at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 18, and runs daily until 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

    Subscribe to our email list for detailed updates: We'll let you know any time we make a major announcement, update you on the planning process and remind you of key dates/deadlines surrounding the conference. Sign up!

    Additional details on the conference, including location attractions, can be found here.

    **National Harbor is a development located just outside of Washington, D.C. If you’re flying into Reagan National it’s about a 30 minute drive via Uber, taxi or rental to the Gaylord National.  From Dulles it could take close to an hour depending on traffic.  Note, public transportation to National Harbor from DC is limited to bus.  There is not a stop on the Metro subway system. For more information about local transportation options, visit the travel/hotel conference page here.

  • July 28, 2020

    Chicago, Illinois

    2020 Data Bootcamp for Educators - Loyola

    Supported by Lumina Foundation and Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University

    In these four and a half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet and database skills, 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.

    Topics 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.

    Additional details including fees, scholarships and a tentative schedule can be found here

    Lodging

    A variety of lodging options are available in the area, please reference lodging recommendations here.

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • August 2, 2020

    Columbia, Missouri

    2020 August Data Journalism Bootcamp

    Learn how to acquire electronic information, use spreadsheets and databases to analyze the information and translate that information into high-impact stories. In addition, NICAR provides follow-up help when participants return to their news organizations.

    Additional details including fees and a tentative schedule can be found here.

  • January 5, 2021

    Tucson, Arizona

    2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators - Tucson

    Supported by Lumina Foundation and Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University

    In these four and a half day bootcamps, educators will receive hands-on training on spreadsheet and database skills, 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.

    Topics 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.

    Additional details including fees, scholarships and a tentative schedule can be found here.

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • March 4, 2021

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • June 17, 2021

    Indianapolis, Indiana

  • March 3, 2022

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • June 23, 2022

    Aurora, Colorado