Data Journalism Grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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

Full opportunity text: https://pulitzercenter.org/data-journalism-grants

Apply here.


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