NICAR 2019 Beach Bonfire

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NICAR 2019 Beach Bonfire

When and where

Date and time


Big Corona (CDM State Beach Park) 3001 Ocean Boulevard Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Map and directions

How to get there


Step away from the NICAR hotel and into the sand! We'll gather around a bonfire for some smores and good company.

Bring your flip flops and a sweatshirt. Temperatures for Friday night will drop to low 50s so please have something cozy to keep you warm and that you wont mind getting smokey. If you are staying at the hotel they have pool towels you can bring.

This is an alcohol-free event. Seriously, you will get a ticket for drinking on the beach.

You're welcome to bring your dinner down to the beach or pick up something to roast on the fire. If you want to bring something symbolic to burn that's great! Just make sure it doesn't contain plastic or metal (staples) and isn't coated paper.

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With additional thanks to BGOV and a fan of Samantha Sunne, who was nice enough to get up early one morning last month and talk to UNC data reporting students for sponsoring transportation.

Getting there from the hotel

The beach is only 2 miles from the hotel! We encourage carpooling and shared ubers -- $10 for a 7 minute ride. For those who plan to walk, please note there is a large hill. Paid parking is available at the beach lot.

Are you a student journalist, freelancer or paying your own way this week? Contact us! We have a limited number of lyft codes just for you.

The fire pits on the beach are along the jetty. We will send an update the evening of with our exact location:

map of where the fire pits are

This is not an official IRE event however the code of conduct still applies. Read more at This is a state park and we will be a large group -- please be respectful of the public beach and other beachgoers.

Header photo: Sergei Gussev