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IRE to train student winners of Dow Jones News Fund data journalism internship

We're excited to announce that IRE is part of a new data journalism internship program being offered by the Dow Jones News Fund.

Dow Jones News Fund has a long history of placing students in internships, through its prestigious News Copy Editing Program and other programs. In this new internship, students who are selected to participate will spend a week in training with the IRE staff at the University of Missouri School of Journalism before joining newsrooms throughout the country to work on data analysis projects.

The full announcement for this new program (and the other internships), with links to apply and for more information, is below. If you have questions about IRE's role, email me at


College juniors, seniors and graduate students are invited to apply to the Dow Jones News Fund for paid summer 2016 internships in data journalism, digital media, business reporting and news editing. The application deadline is Nov. 3.

Interns will be trained at New York University, Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Texas, Austin, before reporting to work. Interns will earn at least $400 per week for 10 to 12 weeks. Fifty-six media companies hired 92 interns in 2015.

For the first time, the Fund will offer a data journalism program with training directed by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) at the University of Missouri. Students will learn how to search out, analyze and report with data. More information and an application are available here.

The Fund and sponsoring media cover travel costs to and from training and to newsrooms. Students who return to school after a successful internship will receive $1,000 college scholarships. Applicants must take a one-hour business reporting or editing/digital exam in addition to submitting the application forms. Posters, brochures and tests have been mailed to professors on college campuses who have volunteered to serve as test monitors. (Note: The Fund is using a new application process for 2016, students do not need to create an account on the website.)

A sizable number of 2015 interns have already been hired or offered extended internships. Participating news organizations have included The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Comcast, Dow Jones Newswires, The Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Thomson Reuters, Media General, MSN, E.W. Scripps Company, The Detroit News, The Tampa Bay Times,The Christian Science Monitor, the Capital New York, Naples Daily News, and many others.

The program is open to U.S. students studying abroad. Students with questions can visit the website for details or email

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