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Welcome to the 10th anniversary King’s data schools

Early bird deadline extended to May 28 plus reduced rates if you enroll in both schools

We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the King’s summer schools in data journalism. We invite you to come to Halifax in June of 2018 for Canada’s premier boot camps in basic data journalism skills, the Summer School in Data Journalism and the mapping and GIS school.

Since 2008, we’ve trained more than 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, 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. The basic school is sponsored by Investintech Inc. and the mapping school by Esri Canada. We are grateful for their support.

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.

Basic school begins June 18, mapping/GIS school June 25

The basic data school runs from 9 a.m. June 18 to noon June 23, inclusive, and includes a Friday night reception. The mapping and GIS school runs June 25 to 29, 9 to 5 each day, also with a Friday night reception. Both 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. The school is strictly limited to 12 signups to keep the class size small and make it the best possible learning experience.

Rates for 2018 (Reduced rate if you sign up for both schools.

Until May 28:

Rate class Rate for the week Rate for both schools
Student/freelancer/blogger/under 30K weekly circulation/recently displaced* $475 $675
 All other journalists $620 $850
Journalism program faculty $820 $1,050
All others $970 $1,350

May 29 and beyond:

Rate class Rate for the week Rate for both schools
Student/freelancer/blogger/under 30K weekly circulation/recently displaced* $600 $800
All other journalists $750 $980
Journalism program faculty $950 $1,180
All others $1,100 $1,500

*Students will need to provide evidence of enrollment at a university or college journalism program, either for the 2017-18 academic year, or for the academic year beginning fall 2018. 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. They’ll also receive a free license to the PDF extraction program Able2Extract, courtesy of Investintech, a valued King’s data schools sponsor. Find out more about Able2Extract and what it can do, here.


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 or email us at and we’ll contact you by phone to get your signup details. If you use the 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: May 23, 2018, 11:24 am ADT