Friday, Feb. 10 | 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Columbia

This is the rescheduled date for the event originally set for Sept. 30, 2022, but was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. 

Sharpen your data journalism skills on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, as SCPA hosts IRE for a full-day boot camp. Sponsored by the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, this event will be a mix of training and hands-on work featuring the industry’s leading data-driven journalism organization, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). At this event, you’ll learn best practices for effectively using spreadsheets for analyzing data.

This event is catered specifically toward S.C. journalists so regardless of your beat or your organization’s size, frequency or resources, you’ll walk away with practical skills. At only $65, this is a great value for top-notch training that will expand your skills and teach you cutting edge tools and techniques. 

Attendees will need to bring a laptop with access to Google Sheets to this event. If you don’t have a Google account, you will need to create one. If you need help creating a Google account, contact SCPA.

 Thanks to sponsorship from the SCPA Foundation Smoak Fund, the cost to attend is only $65, which includes a boxed lunch. This hands-on session is limited to 30 attendees. 



9-9:30 a.m.Registration

Please arrive in this window to check in and get your computer set up for the day!

9:30-10 a.m.Introduction to data journalism

What is data journalism? It's not a niche role in newsrooms, it's a skillset that all reporters can utilize. We’ll talk about mindset, strategies, tools, and some good examples of using data for journalism.

10 a.m. - NoonHands-On Spreadsheet Training Part I

This hands-on introduction to working with data in Google Sheets will equip you with the skills to ask and answer questions of data. We'll cover sorting, filtering, functions such as sum() and average(), and basic pivot tables.

Noon - 12:30 p.m.Lunch and Q&A

Eat lunch, ask questions, discuss project ideas.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Best Practices in Data Work

Working with data and numbers can be scary, and frankly there are ways to get in trouble. But you don't need to be advanced to do solid work with integrity. We'll talk about best practices when working with data, as well as some common mistakes.

1:30-1:45 p.m.Break

1:45-3:30 p.m.Hands-on Spreadsheet Training Part II

Pivot tables are an incredible asset in analyses. In this hands-on session we'll do more with basic pivot tables and even showcase a few advanced features. We'll also touch on importing data into Google Sheets.

Meet Our Trainer

Liz Lucas

Liz Lucas is a Training Director for IRE and an adjunct professor of data journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism. She previously worked as Data Editor for Kaiser Health News, as a data reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, and as the Director of Data Services for 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.

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  • SCPA Offices
  • 106 Outlet Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC, 29210 US

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