Pulitzer Center Data Journalism Grants

Pulitzer Center Data Journalism Grants

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 underreported issues.

This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.

They 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.

They 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.

They are 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.

Funding Information

They do not have budget range for these data journalism awards.

They will consider projects of any scope and size and and they are open to supporting multiple projects each year.

Most awards for their past data journalism project support has been between $10,000-20,000, but may be more or less depending on circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This opportunity is open to U.S. residents and journalists around the world. They are open to proposals from freelance data journalists, staff journalists, or groups of newsrooms working in collaboration with a data project idea.

    They want to make sure that people from many backgrounds and perspectives are empowered to produce data journalism.

  • They strongly encourage proposals from journalists and newsrooms who represent a broad array of social, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups, and economic backgrounds.

    To apply, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A description of the proposed project, including distribution/publication plan, no
    more than 250 words.

  • We look more favorably on proposals that include a letter(s) of interest or support from publishers or editors.

  • Methodology: Please describe your approach to collecting and analyzing the data, and include your approach for fact-checking or independently verifying the data that will be used in your reporting.

    (Fact-checking and data verification could be the role of the publishing partner, but please explain the process.)

  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs.

    Include travel costs, software, satellite/GIS, or hardware costs. Please do not include stipends for journalists/team members who are in the employ of newsrooms or are being paid by a publisher.

    If you are a journalist collaborating with a data designer and/or data visual specialist you may include consultant fees in your budget.

  • Three examples (links) of published work by you (or someone your 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 your resume or curriculum vitae.

  • 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 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.

    This grant opportunity is now open, and applications will be reviewed on a first come, rolling basis.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: Pulitzer Center Data Journalism Grants

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