The Data Institute

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is partnering with ProPublica to offer the Data Institute, a FREE 2-week intensive workshop that will teach you how to use data, design and code for journalism. The Institute will be Oct. 1-12 in New York City at the BuzzFeed headquarters, and includes training, round-trip travel and lodging, prepaid MetroCards to cover travel costs to and from the Institute, as well as breakfast and lunch at the workshop, at no cost to participants. The deadline to apply is Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit ProPublica for more information on the Data Institute.

The Data Institute is designed for reporters at various stages of their careers — both students and working journalists — who are passionate about learning to tell stories with data. No prior experience in data and coding is necessary, just a demonstrated desire to learn.

This year the Ida B. Wells Society is administering the workshop, with ProPublica leading the curriculum. Taught by members of ProPublica’s award-winning News Applications team and the Ida B. Wells Society, the Data Institute takes a hands-on approach to teaching. Participants will work on an interactive data journalism project, with real data, from beginning to end.

You must be a member of the Ida B. Wells Society to apply. Membership is free: You can sign up here.

If this opportunity sounds like something for you, apply today!

What You’ll Learn
Over 11 days, we’ll cover the basics of brainstorming, reporting, designing and building interactive graphics and data-driven news applications. By the end of the course you should be able to:

Data Journalism

  • Conduct data research and evaluate the reliability of your data.
  • Clean data and analyze data sets for interesting trends and outliers.
  • Bulletproof data against common pitfalls and inconsistencies.
  • Perform the most commonly used statistical techniques in journalism.


  • Sketch and prototype multiple designs for a single project and evaluate the best approach.
  • Learn how to use color, typography and layout.
  • Understand how to test designs with real-world users and to incorporate feedback.
  • Create clear and clean visualizations to help readers understand complex information.


  • Understand basic programming concepts.
  • Create your own website from scratch, using HTML/CSS and Javascript.
  • Scrape a website, using either Ruby or Python.
  • Know how to continue learning on your own.

The workshop will be project-centered. You will work on an interactive data journalism project — with real data — from beginning to end. Ready to apply?

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