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Welcome to the 10th annual King’s data school

Sponsored by Investintech

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Data is everywhere and everyone is talking about data. How to use it, leverage it, tell stories with it. The University of King’s College Summer School in Data Journalism is Canada’s premier annual boot camp in basic data journalism skills. Since 2008, we’ve trained close to 100 journalists from small weekly papers right on up to the country’s largest and most prominent news organizations, including the Canadian Press, Toronto Star and the CBC.

Once again in 2017 we will offer opportunities to learn basic and advanced data skills.

The schools are coordinated by Fred Vallance-Jones, a pioneer in data journalism in Canada who leads the university’s masters program in investigative data journalism.

No experience necessary

Come to Halifax and learn how to get data off the web, analyze it, display it on a map and get the map online. With a full week of training, it’s enough time to learn and consolidate the skills, so you’re ready to put them to work. The advanced school will take your skills to the next level. This year, recognizing the difficult times many journalists find themselves in with downsized newsrooms, we’re making our discounted rate available to journalists displaced from major media newsrooms in the past 12 months. We hope this helps displaced journalists get back to work in the business they love.

Basic School June 19-23/Coding School June 26-30

The data schools are held in the last two weeks of June. The schools take place at the School of Journalism at King’s, in the heart of one of Canada’s most beautiful and entertaining cities. And if you want to combine your trip with a summer vacation, Nova Scotia’s scenic wonders are right here. As well as giving you top-flight training you can put to use right away, we’ll provide a social outing, breakfast Monday and lunch one day. Each school is strictly limited to 12 signups to keep the class sizes small and make it the best possible learning experience. It is advisable to sign up early as the classes fill up quickly.

Rates for 2017

Until April 19:

Rate class Rate for the week
Student/freelancer/blogger/under 30K weekly circulation/recently displaced* $475
All other journalists $600
Journalism program faculty $800
All others $950

April 20 and beyond:

Rate class Rate for the week
Student/freelancer/blogger/under 30K weekly circulation/recently displaced* $600
All other journalists $725
Journalism program faculty $925
All others $1,075

*Students will need to provide evidence of enrollment at a university or college journalism program, either for the 2016-17 academic year, or for the academic year beginning fall 2017. Bloggers and freelancers will need to provide evidence of regular publication over at least the previous three months prior to registration, with a minimum of five published stories for freelancers or ten blog posts for bloggers, during that period. Contact Fvjones (at) dal (dot) ca to verify your eligibility. Displaced journalists should contact the same email address with an explanation of their circumstances. There is a limit of four spots available at the discounted rate, in each school.

All participants will receive a copy of the recently published data-journalism guide The Data Journalist: Getting the Story, at no additional charge. As well, participants in the basic school will receive a fully functional copy of Able2Extract Professional, thanks to new data school sponsor Investintech Inc. Able2Extract Professional is used by journalists and researchers to extract usable data from PDF files and to convert image PDF files to machine-readable text.


You have a choice of accommodations. The thrifty can stay in the King’s residence. Contact to make your reservation.

If you prefer the luxury of a hotel, the Lord Nelson, located a few blocks east of King’s, has special rates for King’s events. Call 1-800-565-2020 and say you are attending a conference at the University of King’s College.

How to sign up

When you are ready to sign up, download and fill out this form. Enter your credit card information, scan the completed form, and send it as an attachment to Use the subject line DATA SCHOOL for your email. Rates are subject to 15 per cent HST.

Your spot will be confirmed once you have paid in full. We are unable to hold spots pending payment.

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax. For more information, including our cancellation policy, see our frequently asked questions page.

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:58 pm ADT
Modified: March 2, 2017, 5:34 pm ADT