The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding. The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve on an existing crowdsourcing platform, in addition to offering a two-week training program for journalists.
ProPublica will offer training to 10 to 12 people through a two-week Knight-ProPublica Summer Institute next year. It will be focused at helping the participants learn to become visual data journalists. The organization is still not sure how it will select people for the training program. However, ProPublica wants to focus on groups that aren’t reached through the typical pipelines: NICAR, IRE, elite J-Schools; and “bring new and underserved populations into data journalism.”
“Out there is a stats major or a math nerd who doesn’t know journalism is an option for her but would make an amazing data journalist. Read more