Once again this year, Investigative Reporters and Editors will be offering their esteemed four-day, hands-on, computer-assisted reporting boot camp at Temple University — from August 18th through 21st.
Update: This workshop is now booked to capacity.
Last year, participants were introduced to analyzing data for stories with spreadsheets and database managers, and learned ways to find data, craft open records requests and negotiate for electronic information.
Experienced IRE trainers showed attendees how to summarize data using Microsoft Excel and query information using Structured Query Language in Microsoft Access.
Support from the Center Public Interest Journalism is enabling bargain rates for this workshop, which ordinarily costs $800 and requires a trip to Missouri. Registration for this boot camp costs $200 for current IRE members, $270 for non-IRE members and $225 for non-member students.
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.
Last year’s boot camp included participants from the Center for Public Integrity, CNNMoney, Fort Worth Weekly, 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. CPIJ photographs by Jim MacMillan.