A new fund that will provide crucial support for journalists working on data projects will be launched this fall.

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) will award grants thanks to a $50,000 donation from Google Ideas. 

IRE Executive Director Mark Horvit said the fund will allow more news organizations to do in-depth reporting.

 “Digging into data allows journalists to provide more depth to their stories and better inform their audience. This fund will help kick-start data projects at news organizations that otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to do this important work,” Horvit said.

The fund is expected to launch in September, and more details on how to apply will be available soon.

IRE has been a leader in training journalists to work with data for more than two decades. It operates the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) with the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

IRE holds data analysis workshops, boot camps and courses throughout the world. IRE also maintains a large collection of federal government data and provides data analysis services for news organizations.

For more information, contact Mark Horvit at 573-882-1984 or [email protected].