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JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants Program

JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants Program

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Applications call for JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants Program.

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University and Big Local News, a project of the Stanford Journalism and Democracy Initiative, will be funding data-driven, replicable stories related to the pandemic. Applications are open to journalists covering these issues in any part of the world.

With support from the Google News Initiative, selected projects will receive funding to cover the costs of data collection, analysis, and reporting. Big Local News will provide a platform for collecting and storing the data and will provide ongoing support for recipients. Once the stories are published, the data will be shared as an Open Project at biglocalnews.org, along with a guide, or story recipe for how to do a similar story elsewhere. The data may also be archived permanently with Stanford Libraries.


JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants Program is awarding small to medium sized grants. Grants may range from approximately $5,000 to $25,000.


JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants Program has the following criteria

  • Open to journalists in any part of the world.
  • They also welcome proposals from organizations, such as legacy newsroom or nonprofits news organizations worldwide.
  • They are looking for data-driven stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, which can be replicated elsewhere. Successful ideas could, for example, include coverage of COVID-19 health disparities in communities of color or examine economic sectors that have shut down entirely.
  • The stories could readily available data combined with new insights, or teams can obtain unique data.
  • They understand there may be people working on data projects who are not traditional journalists. If you have a track record of this work, and the ability to have a significant impact, you may apply for funding.
  • JSK alumni are eligible to apply for grants.



Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline28 September,2020
Open toAll



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