ProPublica is proud to announce its first-ever Summer Data Institute, a free 10-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and programming for journalism. The workshop will be from June 1st to June 15th in ProPublica's New York offices. The deadline to apply is March 31st. Apply here.
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 everything from 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 provide lodging and cover roundtrip travel costs to New York City, as well as local travel costs to and from our offices. Additionally, to make the Summer Data Institute accessible to people for whom it would still be economically out of reach, ProPublica is offering a limited number of stipends, up to $1,000. Requests for stipends are part of the application.
The Summer Data Institute is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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