Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Calls for Proposals for Innovative Data-driven Journalism Projects Grant

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Jon Sawyer
CEO/President of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Centre is looking forward to receiving proposals that will employ cutting-edge data techniques, as well as embrace collaboration among newsrooms, across state lines, and across national borders. It seeks compelling data-driven storytelling, based on original data collection and analysis and strong visuals, that has the potential to shape public discourse and hold the powerful accountable. Proposals that push the envelope in data collection and analysis and make use of advanced data mining techniques, such as machine learning, natural language processing, as well as spatial data analysis, satellite imagery, drones and sensors.

Applicants are to provide the following:

  • A description of the proposed project, including distribution/publication plan, no more than 250 words. Proposals that include a letter(s) of interest or support from publishers or editors are highly considered.
  • Methodology: Applicants should provide a description of their approach to collecting and analysing the data and include their approach for fact-checking or independently verifying the data that is used in reporting. (Fact-checking and data verification could be the role of the publishing partner, however, the process should be explained.)
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs (travel costs, software, satellite/GIS, or hardware costs). Applicants should not include stipends for journalists/team members who are in the employ of newsrooms or are being paid by a publisher. Journalists collaborating with a data designer and/or data visual specialist may include consultant fees in their budget.
  • Three examples (links) of the applicant’s published work (or someone on their project team.) For example, data visualizations, infographics, and/or data-driven stories.
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of the applicant’s resume or curriculum vitae.

Applications may also include a more detailed description of the project, but this will be considered as an optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary and the methodology.

Projects of any scope and size will be considered. A team leader should be chosen to submit the proposal and only one project per journalist, data design team, or newsroom should be submitted.

This grant opportunity is now open, and applications will be reviewed on a first come, rolling basis.  For further information on how to apply and FAQs, please visit: https://pulitzercenter.org/grants-fellowships/opportunities-journalists/data-journalism-grants