IRE Training Events

  • January 4, 2021

    Tucson, Arizona

    2021 Data Bootcamp for Educators (Online)

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

    **This bootcamp is full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email stephanie@ire.org.

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it has become clear that the safest option for our members and trainers is to move this bootcamp online.

    We will still teach the same materials -- spreadsheets, teaching techniques, and building a curriculum -- but in a virtual environment. Sessions will be taught through Zoom, and you will still be able to receive one-on-one help from our team of trainers. You also will receive materials before the bootcamp to make sure your home computer is set up, and you will have ongoing access to course materials and videos. We will use all free software, including Google Sheets.

    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.

    We also are modifying the bootcamp dates to avoid the weekend since we no longer need to allow travel dates. The new dates will be Jan. 4-8. The bootcamp will run from 11 am - 6 pm ET each day, except Jan. 8, which will be 11 am to 2 pm ET. 

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

    Registration

    Please fill out this form to register and pay tuition.

  • January 9, 2021

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    2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop: Upping your game

    IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to IRE members and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

    We’ll offer several sessions to improve your ability to produce watchdog and enterprise stories for broadcast as well as time to network with other attendees. Learn how to frame every story with a watchdog lens, master the art of pitching an investigative story, and get tips on how to request records when you only have 10 minutes.

    Expected speakers include Samah Assad, WBBM Chicago; Nicole Carr, WSB Atlanta; Patti DiVincenzo, IRE/NICAR; Eric Flack, WUSA Washington, D.C.; Cindy Galli, ABC News; and Ashley Graham, WBBH Fort Meyers. 

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

    Workshop Fees 

    $35, which includes a one-year IRE membership or renewal for the first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops. Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students. Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.

    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" found below.

    Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event. 

    Location

    The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.

  • January 11, 2021

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    2021 January Data Journalism Bootcamp (Online)

    As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it has become clear that the safest option for our members and trainers is to move this bootcamp online. 

    We will still teach the same materials -- spreadsheets, SQL, data gathering, cleaning and bulletproofing -- but in a virtual environment. Sessions will be taught through Zoom, and you will still be able to receive one-on-one help from our team of trainers. You also will receive materials before the bootcamp to make sure your home computer is set up, and you will have ongoing access to course materials and videos. We will use all free software, including Google Sheets and DB Browser for SQLite.

    We also are modifying the bootcamp dates slightly to avoid you spending five days straight glued to Zoom meetings.  The new dates will be Jan. 11-12, and Jan. 18-20. The bootcamp will run from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET each day, except Jan. 20, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET. Additional details including fees and registration can be found here

  • January 22, 2021

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    2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop: Legal workshop with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

    IRE’s TV Watchdog Workshops are going virtual in 2021, allowing us to reach more journalists and keep everyone safe during the pandemic. These half-day workshops are open to IRE members and will focus on tips and techniques for journalists working in television news.

    In this workshop, learn how to navigate legal issues in your newsroom from media lawyers at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Attorneys will lead sessions on navigating public records laws, vetting your stories for libel and privacy issues before publication, and knowing your legal rights while covering protests.

    Expected speakers and program details coming soon.

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

     
    Workshop Fees 

    $35, which includes a one-year IRE membership or renewal for the first 500 people to sign up for any of the workshops. Regular membership price is $70/year for professionals and $25/year for students. Memberships/renewals will be processed after the event, and attendees must meet IRE membership requirements to qualify. Each person can receive only one membership/renewal for the 2021 Virtual TV Watchdog Workshop series.

    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" found below.

    Cancellations must be sent via email to logistics@ire.org. There is a $10 processing fee for cancellations until the day before the event. Refunds will not be given for cancellations on the day of, or after the event. 

    Location

    The workshop will be held online via Zoom, and attendees will receive login information several days before the workshop.