The Center for Public Interest Journalism has been hosting Investigative Reporters and Editors‘ four-day, hands-on, computer-assisted reporting boot camp at Temple University this week.
Participants have been introduced to analyzing data for stories with spreadsheets and database managers.
In addition, they have been learning ways to find data, craft open records requests and negotiate for electronic information.
Instructors Jamie Dowdell and Liz Lucas also introduced participants to summarizing data using Microsoft Excel and how to query information using Structured Query Language in Microsoft Access.
Participants were registered from the Center for Public Integrity, CNNMoney, Fort Worth Weekly, Independent Journalist, Metrowest Daily News, Philadelphia City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, Temple University, The Buffalo News, The Victoria Advocate, VTDigger.org, WCAU-Philadelphia and the Wilmington News Journal.
About IRE: Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting. IRE was formed in 1975 to create a forum in which journalists throughout the world could help each other by sharing story ideas, newsgathering techniques and news sources.
IRE provides members access to thousands of reporting tip sheets and other materials through its resource center and hosts conferences and specialized training throughout the country. Programs of IRE include the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting, DocumentCloud and the Campus Coverage Project. Learn more about joining IRE and the benefits of membership.