ProPublica is proud to open applications for our 2017 Data Institute, a free 11-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and programming for journalism. The workshop will be from June 7 to June 21 in ProPublica’s New York offices. The deadline to apply is March 31. Apply here.
This year we’re excited to be partnering with the The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. They are an organization dedicated to increasing and retaining reporters and editors of color in the field of investigative reporting. They do that through trainings, partnerships and mentoring. ProPublica will award one spot in our Class of 2017 to an Ida B. Wells Society member. If you are a member of the Ida B. Wells Society and are interested in applying, we’ll post a link to the application soon.
Geared towards journalists and journalism students, this workshop will cover everything from finding and analyzing data, to using colors and typography for better storytelling, to scraping a website using code. By the end of the Institute, students will have created an interactive data project from beginning to end, with help and guidance from some of the best designer/developer/data journalists in the world.
ProPublica’s News Apps team has worked on colleges that saddle poor students with debt, doctors who take money from drug companies, how much limbs are worth in different states, and even investigative space journalism. The workshop will cover step-by-step how ProPublica brainstorms, reports, designs and builds these types of interactive graphics and data-driven news applications.
One of the reasons we’re so excited about this workshop is because it is another step ProPublica is taking to increase the diversity of its own newsroom and beyond. That means training and empowering journalists from a broad array of social, ethnic and economic backgrounds. We are particularly dedicated to helping people from communities that have long been underrepresented not only in journalism but particularly in investigative and data journalism, including African Americans, Latinos, other people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
The workshop is completely free to attend and ProPublica will cover travel and lodging, as well as breakfast and lunch during workshop days. Additionally, to make the Data Institute accessible to people for whom it would still be economically out of reach, ProPublica is offering a limited number of $1,000 stipends. Requests for stipends are part of the application.
The Data Institute is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
So don’t wait, apply now! Or email this description to someone who you think should apply.
If you have any questions, email [email protected]. We’ll be checking daily and can’t wait to hear from you.