The Associated Press will receive $400,000 from the Knight Foundation, Knight announced Wednesday. The money will go toward spreading the use of data journalism and creating a set of standards that will be included in the 2017 AP Stylebook, according to a press release, “focusing on style, ethics and standards. Additionally, it will create an online portal where customers can download market-specific information.”
With the money, the AP will hire additional data journalists, create more data-driven projects and increase collaboration with local newsrooms.
From the press release:
“Data has become essential to the 21st century newsroom,” said Brian Carovillano, The Associated Press’ vice president for U.S. news. “The volume of data available grows exponentially each year, but this comes as many news organizations are grappling with challenges that make retraining staff and reallocating resources more difficult than ever.