The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University and Big Local News, a project of the Stanford Journalism and Democracy Initiative, will be funding data-driven, replicable stories related to the pandemic.
With support from the Google News Initiative, selected projects will receive funding to cover the costs of data collection, analysis, and reporting. Big Local News will provide a platform for collecting and storing the data and will provide ongoing support for recipients. Once the stories are published, the data will be shared as an Open Project at biglocalnews.org, along with a guide, or story recipe for how to do a similar story elsewhere. The data may also be archived permanently with Stanford Libraries. They recognize that good journalism takes time, so recipients will have six months to work on their projects.
- They are awarding small- to medium-sized grants. They may range from approximately $5,000 to $25,000.
What are they looking for?
- They are looking for data-driven stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, which can be replicated elsewhere. Successful ideas could, for example, include coverage of COVID-19 health disparities in communities of color or examine economic sectors that have shut down entirely. The stories could use readily available data combined with new insights, or teams can obtain unique data.
- The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are seemingly never-ending: racial disparities among victims; racial disparities among those affected by the economic fallout; challenges in how local, regional and national governments have responded to the crisis; issues with teaching our children; ensuring that those who need shelter and food have their needs met.
Who can apply?
- Applications are open to journalists covering these issues in any part of the world.
- They are casting a wide net to allow for non-traditional entrants.
- They will hear from individual journalists with legacy and digital-native news organizations, independent journalists, and data scientists working for journalistic purposes.
- They also welcome proposals from organizations, such as legacy newsrooms or nonprofit news organizations worldwide.
For more information, visit https://jsk.stanford.edu/news/2020/jsk-and-big-local-news-launch-new-data-journalism-grants/