SND STL offers Data Visualization Graphics Workshop in partnership with IRE

We’re busting-at-the-seams excited to announce our next partnership and pre-conference workshop, a Data Visualization Graphics Workshop with the Investigative Reporters & Editors. The day-long workshop will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29th, before the SND STL conference begins. You can register for the Graphics workshop on the same page that you can register for the conference, right here. Also as part of the partnership with IRE, their members can now get $100 off registration for SND STL!

Data Visualization Graphics Workshop

This hands-on workshop will take you from soup-to-nuts in data manipulation and visualization. It’ll start off teaching where to find public data, how to clean, organize and prepare it, including some Excel training, then you’ll experiment with various tools and best practices for data visualization working with examples on your computer through the workshop. Required for participation: Bring your own laptop with Microsoft Excel installed.

Sign up for the graphics workshop here!

Graphics Workshop Instructors:

IRE's Jaimi Dowdell speaks at SND STL

Jaimi Dowdell

Jaimi Dowdell joined Investigative Reporters and Editors as training director in October 2008. Before that she was computer-assisted reporting editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than three years. Her duties included obtaining and analyzing data; training staff on CAR and investigative techniques; and maintaining the newspaper’s online data center. In addition to her work at the Post-Dispatch, she taught a CAR course for Washington University in St. Louis.

The NY Times Aron Pilhofer speaks at SND STL

Aron Pilhofer

Aron Pilhofer is editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. His team blends journalism and technology to enhance The Times’s reporting online through social media, community and dynamic, data-driven Web applications. He is also co-founder of two news-related nonprofits: and Hacks and Hackers. Aron joined The Times in 2005 as a projects editor on the paper’s newly expanded computer-assisted reporting team. Prior to joining The Times, he reported for the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware and was on the national training staff of Investigative Reporters and Editors.



Sarah Cohen

Sarah Cohen holds the Knight Chair at Duke University, specializing in creating and curating new tools for reporting through The Reporter’s Lab. She was previously a reporter and editor at The Washington Post, where she shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Prize and other national journalism awards. She was elected to the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ board of directors in 2009. Cohen  was a guest panelist at VisWeek in 2009 and 2010, and is a co-creator of TimeFlow, an interactive and visual  timeline and chronology tool for investigators.


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.

Mission Statement

The mission of Investigative Reporters and Editors is to foster excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential to a free society. We accomplish this by:

  • Providing training, resources and a community of support to investigative journalists.
  • Promoting high professional standards.
  • Protecting the rights of investigative journalists.
  • Ensuring the future of IRE.



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