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2019 King’s Summer Data School

On the heels of our 10th anniversary celebrations in 2018, we’re planning an exciting summer of data journalism training for 2019.  We invite you to come to Halifax in June for Canada’s premier boot camp in basic data journalism skills, the Summer School in Data Journalism.

Since 2008, we’ve trained close to 150 journalists from small weekly papers right on up to the country’s largest and most prominent news organizations, including the Canadian Press, Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the CBC. And we welcome journalism academics and those from other fields who would like to apply these powerful tools in their work.

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


Learn how to get data off the web, analyze it, and display it 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. This year, we are once again recognizing the difficult times many journalists find themselves in with downsized newsrooms and 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.

And we’re thrilled to announce that, once again, participants will receive both a free copy of the Data Journalist from Oxford University Press, and a licensed copy of Able2Extract Professional PDF extraction software, from our sponsor Investintech Inc. Together, they are worth more than $200.

Basic school begins June 24

The basic data school runs June 24 to June 28, inclusive, and includes a Friday night reception. It takes 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. The school is strictly limited to 12 signups to keep the class size small and make it the best possible learning experience.

Rates for 2019


Rate class

Rate for the week

Student/freelancer/blogger/under 30K weekly circulation/recently displaced*


 All other journalists


Journalism program faculty


All others


All rates subject to 15% HST.

Contact us at about discounts for media organizations sending more than one participant.

*If you are a student, when you email your application, please attach a letter from your school indicating you are a full-time student in a university of college journalism program in 2018-2019 or 2019-2020.

Freelancers will need to submit evidence of regular publication of work that in the judgment of the School of Journalism constitutes professional journalism, at a minimum six separate pieces in recognized publications or on recognized online or broadcast outlets within the past six months. A mix of print, online and broadcast pieces is acceptable, but each one must be an original piece of work with its own research and reporting.  If you sign up at this rate, freelance journalism must be your primary occupation. If your primary occupation is not freelance journalism (e.g. if you teach journalism and publish some freelance work) you should sign up at the appropriate rate above. Running your own blog does not qualify you for the discounted rates.


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

 To sign up, fill our the form at URL and email to Kelly[dot]porter[at]ukings[dot]ca  We accept major credit cards. 

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

You may also wish to consult our frequently asked questions page, which includes the cancellation policy.

We look forward to seeing you in Halifax.

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Posted: February 9, 2016, 2:58 pm AST
Modified: June 7, 2019, 3:54 pm ADT