The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking applications for innovative data-driven journalism projects that spotlight under reported issues. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.
We are eager for proposals that will employ cutting-edge data techniques, as well as embrace collaboration among newsrooms, whether that be across state lines or across national borders. We encourage 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. We’re seeking 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.
For inspiration, here are recent examples Pulitzer Center-supported data journalism projects:
Also, please check out examples from the 2020 SIGMA awards.
To apply, you will be asked to provide the following:
Applications may also include a more detailed description of the project, but this will be considered as optional supplement only. The most important part of the submission is the 250-word summary and the methodology.
We will select between three to five story proposals for grants in 2020. We will consider projects of any scope and size. Please choose a team leader to submit the proposal, and submit only one project per journalist, data design team, or newsroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
This opportunity is open to U.S. residents and journalists around the world. We are open to proposals from freelance data journalists, staff journalists, or groups of newsrooms working in collaboration with a data project idea. We want to make sure that people from many backgrounds and perspectives are empowered to produce data journalism. We strongly encourage proposals from journalists and newsrooms who represent a broad array of social, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups, and economic backgrounds.
When will you be notifying applicants on whether they’ve been selected?
We begin reviewing applications as soon as they are received and typically notify applicants within a month if they’re being considered for support. If there is some urgency to the field reporting, the applicant should state the reason in the application.
What is the budget range for the data journalism proposals?
We do not have budget range for these data journalism awards. We will consider projects of any scope and size and and we are open to supporting multiple projects in 2020. For comparison, most awards for our international reporting/travel program are between $5,000 and $10,000, but may be more or less depending on circumstances.
Do you pay stipends or salaries for freelance journalists?
We expect news organizations to pay freelance journalists for their work, though in exceptional cases, we may consider stipends to cover a reporter’s time, if provided in the budget with an explanation. It is OK to include costs of contractors, such as data researchers or data visualization/story designers in your proposal and budget. Please do not include stipends for journalists/team members who are in the employ of newsrooms or are being paid by a publisher.
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