Today’s financial markets and the business sector have become more complex – and harder to understand and interpret to news audiences. It’s vital that America’s growing minority and ethnic populations, as well as other underserved communities, become better informed about the economy so they can make sound financial and consumer decisions. A new and growing body of expertise and digital tools – data journalism – can help business and financial journalists better serve these audiences. In the McGraw-Hill Data Journalism Program, ICFJ will help journalists master this new set of tools and produce data-driven stories that raise financial literacy in underserved communities.
Data journalism describes the methods and technologies that allow journalists to uncover important stories and trends hidden within the staggering amounts of data available today. Journalists, often working with technologists, can now find ways to ferret out and organize the data, and transform this information into compelling stories—complete with multimedia components and visualizations. This can bring data to life as never before imagined—and engage communities in exciting ways.The program will give journalists reporting for minority and other underserved populations a variety of data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases. During training on ICFJ’s digital training platform journalists can take a course on finding, interpreting, visualizing, and reporting on this data.
The online courses will take place from October 7, 2013 through December 1, 2013. All applicants will be asked to propose a project that they will develop throughout the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects will then take place from December 2, 2013 until January 26, 2014.
The program is divided into three parts:
• an eight-week online training on data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases
• an eight-week online mentoring period, during which participants produce stories to publish in their media outlets
• a three-day reporting field trip to New York City for the top five performers in the online course. Participants will have the opportunity to interview economists, among them experts from McGraw-Hill, as well as stock market officials and economic analysts and business leaders in a bustling hub of world finance. The top participants’ stories will be honored at the McGraw-Hill Data Journalism Awards ceremony to be held at McGraw-Hill’s New York offices. There, ICFJ will recognize the journalists who have produced the most significant data journalism stories with the McGraw-Hill Data Journalism Awards and cash prizes of US $2,500, $1,500, $750, and 2 honorable mentions of $500.
Be advised that applications sent via e-mail will not be considered. Please use the online application to apply.
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