Follow the Money: American Rescue Plan

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Follow the Money: American Rescue Plan

This free data journalism workshop series is designed to help local journalists track and analyze how the American Rescue Plan and other federal stimulus funds are used in their communities. Areas of focus include: public health, public safety, infrastructure and environment.

March 29, 2022– April 26, 2022

Overview

  • A replay is now available for this online workshop series consisting of three 90 minute data journalism series
  • Replay workshop available on public health. Broadcast date: March 29, 2022
  • Replay workshop available on public safety. Broadcast date: April 12, 2022.
  • Replay workshop available on infrastructure and environment. Broadcast date: April 26, 2022.
  • Work with spreadsheets and get your questions answered about data-driven storytelling during breakout sessions

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Learning Outcomes

Participants in this new online workshop series from Poynter and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) will learn:

  • How to track federal dollars in local communities: What to look for, where to find it and ideas to spark coverage
  • Best practices for spending these funds for public health, public safety, infrastructure and the environment
  • Data journalism and analytical thinking skills

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Overview

  • A replay is now available for this online workshop series consisting of three 90 minute data journalism series
  • Replay workshop available on public health. Broadcast date: March 29, 2022
  • Replay workshop available on public safety. Broadcast date: April 12, 2022.
  • Replay workshop available on infrastructure and environment. Broadcast date: April 26, 2022.
  • Work with spreadsheets and get your questions answered about data-driven storytelling during breakout sessions

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Watch this workshop series replay. Originally broadcast: March 29-April 26, 2022.

Nearly $2 trillion will be hitting states for the next several years via the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This free data journalism workshop series will empower local journalists to follow this once-in-a-generation influx of funds, hold local authorities accountable, and spur smart societal change through storytelling.

There will be three hands-on workshops in this series:

Public health and pandemics: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • The ARP includes billions of dollars in funding to recruit and train public health professionals to respond to COVID-19 (including the new ​​Public Health AmeriCorps), prepare the U.S. for future outbreaks, and support local public health officials. How is this money filtering down to your community? How are private and public entities working together to implement the right solutions?

Public safety, policing and beyond: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

  • The ARP includes additional federal funds that could be used to invest in community-based approaches to public safety, such as Medicaid funds for mobile mental health intervention services and housing funds that can be used to reduce homelessness. How are local public officials prioritizing public safety needs in your community? What are the opportunities?

Infrastructure and environment: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

  • The ARP includes billions of dollars for localities to make necessary investments in water, sewer, or broadband infrastructure, while also providing millions of dollars in grants to identify and address environmental injustice. How is climate resiliency factored into public debate on these topics? What voices need to be heard?

Each workshop will be 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes will provide an overview of the topic and feature an engaging discussion with local reporters. Participants will then be sent to small breakout sessions with other journalists in their region for 45 minutes of hands-on coaching and data work. The final 15 minutes will be a large group Q&A.

Questions?

If you need assistance, please email us at info@poynter.org.

Watch this workshop series replay. Originally broadcast: March 29-April 26, 2022.

There are three focused workshops in this online series. Participants may apply for the series and attend all three workshops or attend only the ones that are most relevant to their work. The workshops will be recorded, but we encourage participants to attend live to get the most out of the hands-on data breakout sessions. The workshops will take place:

  • Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern time (public health)
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern time (public safety)
  • Tuesday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern time (infrastructure and environment)

Cost

This workshop series is tuition-free, thanks to support from the Joyce Foundation. 

Instructors

Lead Faculty

  • Kristen Hare
    Faculty, The Poynter Institute
    Kristen Hare covers and teaches on the transformation of local news for the Poynter Institute. Her work for Poynter has earned her a Mirror Award...
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  • Patti DiVincenzo
    Training Director, IRE
    Patti DiVincenzo has spent more than three decades working in TV stations across the country, starting in Topeka, Kansas, and eventually landing at WSB-TV in...
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Guest Instructors

  • Samah Assad
    Investigative reporter, WBBM | CBS Chicago
    Samah Assad is an award-winning investigative journalist and producer with CBS Chicago. She uses data analysis, public records and mapping to expose systemic failures and...
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  • Taylor DesOrmeau
    Data Reporter, MLive
    Taylor DesOrmeau is a data reporter for MLive. He's been with the company since 2016, tackling the statewide economy beat and covering local government, business...
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  • Shelby Harris
    Reporter, Carolina Public Press
    Shelby Harris is a reporter covering Western North Carolina for Carolina Public Press. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and strategic media from the...
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  • Weihua Li
    Data reporter, The Marshall Project
    Weihua Li is a data reporter at The Marshall Project. She uses data analysis and visualization to tell stories about the criminal justice system.
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  • Kat Stafford
    National Investigative Race Writer, The Associated Press
    Kat Stafford is a national investigative writer and a global investigations correspondent, focused on race and inequity at The Associated Press. Prior to joining the...
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  • Donovan Quintero
    Reporter, Navajo Times
    Donovan Quintero was born on the Navajo Reservation. He has worked as a freelancer and staffer, for the Navajo Times newspaper in Window Rock, Arizona....
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  • Anastasia Valeeva
    Fellow, The Marshall Project
    Anastasia Valeeva is a data journalist, data editor, data trainer and a fellow at the Marshall Project. Valeeva is also the founder of the School...
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