CAJ19/King's Data School Partnership

OTTAWA, April 6, 2019—The Canadian Association of Journalists, the University of King’s College and Red River College are teaming up to bring Canada’s best data journalism training to Winnipeg.

For more than a decade, the King’s summer data schools have trained journalists from across the country in basic data journalism skills, getting, cleaning and analyzing data, and using that data to find and tell compelling stories.

Now that same training will be offered at Red River College from May 5 to 10, right after #CAJ19.

If you sign up for both #CAJ19 and the Winnipeg data school, you’ll get 10 per cent off both when paying the regular rate.

“For people on the Prairies and in Northwestern Ontario, Halifax can seem an awfully long way to go for training,” said Fred Vallance-Jones, lead instructor in the program and associate professor at King’s. “So we decided to bring exactly the same content to Winnipeg.”

The King’s data schools have trained journalists from some of Canada’s biggest news outlets, including the Winnipeg Free Press, the CBC, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, and from many smaller outlets as well. There are special rates for freelancers, those who work at small outlets, students, and recently displaced students. The rates at hundreds and even thousands of dollars below comparable private training.

“Journalists with data skills are prized in in newsrooms for being able to see stories in new ways and ferret out what’s really going on,” said James Turner, an RRC journalism instructor. “The data school is a worthwhile investment for any journalist or newsroom wanting to offer their audiences bigger, more meaty stories,” Turner, a graduate of the 2017 data school, said.

The Winnipeg school will be held at the Roblin Centre site of Red River’s Exchange District Campus. 

“We are thrilled to be able to bring together two venerable institutions to provide data skills and training workshops to the next generation of great Canadian journalists,” said Brent Jolly, chair of the 2019 CAJ national conference.     

Journalists who can work with data open up new opportunities in their careers, and can find and tell stories others miss.

Spaces are limited, so head over to to get all the information you need, including how to sign up.