Spokane meetup

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Data journalism, #MeToo & more

We're excited to host a second meetup for women journalists to practice data reporting, talk about the industry and learn from each other.


Please visit our install page for directions on the software you need before the meetup.


We'll have a no-host meetup Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Iron Goat Brewing, 1302 W 2nd Ave. If you need help installing things or just want to chat, come say hi!

The venue has food, including vegetarian options, kombucha and non-alcoholic drinks available in addition to beer, and is on the ground floor with street parking nearby. Spokane street parking is free after 7 p.m.


  • 10 to 10:20 a.m.: Welcome session with introduction to data reporting, including where to find it and how to use it.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
    Data block I (Pick one)

    Introductory Excel with Katie Gillespie, The Columbian:
    Does the sight of a spreadsheet give you chills? Start here. We’ll go over how to make sense of spreadsheets, sort data, write formulas and other tips and tricks. 

    Advanced Excel with Kate Martin, The News Tribune:
    A session for the more savvy user. We’ll talk pivot tables and more complicated formulas. Fight for your country, lose the bidding war for a house

  • 12 to 1 p.m: Lunch and conversation about sexism in the industry and journalism’s #MeToo moment.

  • 1:15 to 2 p.m.: Spokane’s own Ryan Pitts and one of the builders of Census Reporter, a Knight News Challenge-funded project, will talk about making Census data work for you.
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Data block II (Pick one)

    Advanced Excel with Kate Martin, The News Tribune:

    Did you go to Introductory Excel in the first session? Start here. We’ll talk about pivot tables, more complicated formulas and ways to use your new foundational skills to get even more out of a spreadsheet.

    SQL with Dahlia Bazzaz, The Seattle Times:
    For the reporter looking to move beyond Excel, we’ll talk about using SQL to query your data. Data sets from this session

  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Katie Gillespie and Rachel Alexander will give you an introduction to using mapping and geographic data for reporting, and how you can make ugly maps that will help you find stories. Mapping


$20 for the full day, which includes lunch.

Sign up

Any woman or non-binary person working in journalism or related fields is welcome to attend, including people outside of Washington. Journalism students and instructors are welcome too.

Space is limited to 30 people. Please fill out this application form by April 7 to attend.


The meetup will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Spokane Public Library, 906 W. Main Ave.

Classes will be in the Level Up Co-working space, on the third floor of the building. The area is accessible by elevator.

The venue is walking distance from a number of downtown hotels, and several blocks away from STA Plaza, the city's main public transit hub.

If you have questions please, contact Rachel Alexander.