Center for Journalism & Democracy – The Data Institute 2024 | $1,000 stipend

Data Institute, a collaborative venture between the Center for Journalism & Democracy and the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. Taking place from July 8-19 on the historic campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., this two-week event offers an experience that can elevate your storytelling capabilities to new heights.

The Data Institute

Founded in 2015 by visionary journalists Sisi Wei and Lena Groeger, the Data Institute champions inclusivity and diversity in journalism. The mission is to bridge the equity gap by providing training opportunities to journalists from all walks of life.  Priority is given to empowering individuals from underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities.

Program Details

During the two-week program, participants will learn the basics of using data, design, and code for journalism. After the program,  participants should be able to:

Data Journalism:

  • Conduct thorough data research and assess data reliability.
  • Clean and analyze datasets to uncover compelling narratives.
  • Employ statistical techniques essential for impactful storytelling.


  • Explore diverse design approaches and select the most suitable for their projects.
  • Utilize color, typography, and layout to craft visually engaging narratives.
  • Create clear and concise visualizations that enhance data comprehension.


  • Grasp foundational programming concepts to augment their skill set.
  • Develop their websites from scratch using HTML/CSS and Javascript.
  • Explore the potential of AI applications in journalism to amplify their impact.

Who Should Apply?

If you’re a journalist eager to harness the power of data-driven storytelling, the Data Institute is tailor-made for you. While no prior experience is required, individuals who possess a genuine curiosity for weaving narratives with data, are preferred.

As the home of the Center for Journalism & Democracy, Howard University serves as the ideal backdrop for this event. A special invitation is extended to alumni, professors, and current students of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to join in this enriching experience.

Applications from members of tribal nations, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and other historically marginalized groups, are highly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Data Institute, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate a passion for storytelling through data.
  • Possess a willingness to learn and collaborate with peers.
  • Currently residing in US. (U.S. citizens or resident aliens).
  • Applicants must be members of the Ida B. Wells Society to apply. Not a member yet? Fear not—membership is free, and you can sign up here.

Benefits of Participation

The Data Institute offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Full coverage of roundtrip travel costs to Washington, D.C.
  • Lodging accommodations on the picturesque campus of Howard University.
  • Daily provision of lunch and snacks to keep participants fueled for learning.
  • A $1,000 stipend for each participant to offset additional expenses or lost income during the program.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to network with leading journalists and industry experts. Forge meaningful connections, glean insights from seasoned professionals, and pave the way for future collaborations.

How to Apply

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