Google News Lab Fellowship 2018 at Investigative Reporters and Editors

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Application Deadline: January 15th 2018

Are you a college journalism student who enjoys holding government officials accountable, scouring public records or working with data? If so, consider spending your summer at IRE through the Google News Lab Fellowship.

Eight participating organizations in the U.S. select students who will spend ten weeks working on projects focused on data journalism, online free expression, building news apps, and rethinking the business of journalism. Each student receives a $9,000 stipend and $1,000 travel fund.

Investigative Reporters and Editors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering excellence in investigative journalism. Formed in 1975, IRE’s provides provides training, resources, mentorship and support to more than 5,500 journalists around the world.

A program of IRE, the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting (NICAR) maintains a library of federal databases and trains journalists in the practical skills of getting and analyzing electronic information.

Fellowship Program Areas

Depending on your skill level and interest, you could:

  • Pitch, acquire and help process a new dataset for NICAR to distribute to journalists.
  • Become familiar with and create tutorials on data journalism tools such as Tableau, ChartBuilder, CSVkit, and help us discover more.
  • Interview some of the country’s best investigative journalists about their work for our podcast or quarterly magazine.
  • Work in IRE’s research library, which helps reporters track down information and resources to use in their reporting.
  • Assist IRE staff with custom research or analysis jobs (using MySQL, R or Python) for news organizations around the country.
  • Provide support for our annual IRE Conference, which usually draws more than 1,500 journalists from the U.S. and abroad.

In your application:

  • Tell us which of these areas most appeals to you and why (you may mention more than one).
  • Provide evidence that you could effectively contribute to those areas. Tell us about projects you’ve worked on, data and tools you’ve used; show us what you know.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Google News Lab Fellowship 2018 at Investigative Reporters and Editors

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