Documenting COVID-19 (https://documentingcovid19.io/) is a searchable repository of documents obtained through local, state and federal open-records laws and the Freedom of Information Act related to the coronavirus pandemic. Since the project’s inception in March 2020, it has grown to include more than 500,000 pages of tagged and keyword-searchable health department and government records and we have partnered with dozens of newsrooms, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, to produce journalism on the pandemic’s impact on meatpacking and migrant farm facilities, reopening plans and super-spreader events.
Over the course of the next four months, we are expanding the project, for our growing collection of documents and data. This project is funded by a Magic Grant at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, housed at Columbia and Stanford universities, with additional support from the Columbia Journalism School, National Geographic and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. More information about the Documenting COVID-19 project can be found here: https://brown.columbia.edu/contact-tracing-how-decisions-about-covid-19-were-made-by-city-and-state-governments/ and https://www.pressclubinstitute.org/2020/07/14/at-400000-pages-and-growing-a-database-of-covid-19-documents-bursts-with-local-stories/
Qualifications: The ideal candidates would have experience in academic or medical research; coding experience and a working knowledge of coding languages, such as Python; or experience producing journalism and creating interactive data visualizations, or have interest in these areas; and be available at least 10 hours per week to work on the project, through the end of 2021. We would also like the team to regularly meet via Zoom.
Those interested can send a cover letter and CV to Derek Kravitz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a paid position, paid on an hourly basis through the project's fiscal sponsor, MuckRock.