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David Donald Fellowship for Data Journalism

Provides assistance to attend a Data Journalism Bootcamp, or the NICAR Conference, March 7-10, 2024.


The fund is named for the late David Donald, a former IRE training director who spread the gospel of computer-assisted reporting to thousands of journalists, educators and students around the world. The fund is designed to support computer-assisted reporting training to university educators so that they can better equip their students to be effective watchdogs through the use of data.

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Who is eligible?

Journalism educators who teach data journalism and investigative reporting.

What does the fellowship provide?

  • One-year IRE membership/renewal ($70 value)
  • Choice of attending the NICAR Conference, an Educator Data Journalism Bootcamp or a Data Journalism Bootcamp
    • For the NICAR conference: conference registration ($325 value),up to Four hotel nights ($1,040 value), travel stipend ($500)
    • For the bootcamps: boot camp registration ($800 value), travel stipend ($500).

Required application materials:

  • Link to CV
  • Letter from current supervisor indicating support of data journalism and investigative reporting in the curriculum. Letter should include why you are deserving of a scholarship to receive this training.
  • Include in CV or in application: List of data journalism and investigative reporting courses taught in the past and list of continuing education/professional development training received.
  • Description of how the educator will put the training to use for students.

How to donate to this fellowship/scholarship fund:

If you wish to contribute to this fellowship, you can donate through IRE’s online donation form and indicate the name of the fund in the form. 

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