Diving Into Data Workshop
July 21-24, 2017
University of Colorado Boulder
Ready to take your reporting with education data to a new level? Whether it’s achievement gaps, school funding, student discipline, college completion or any number of other issues, building your data skills is a powerful way to step up your game.
Apply now for EWA’s next Diving Into Data Workshop at the University of Colorado Boulder. We have 20 slots available for reporters, editors, and producers to participate in this highly competitive program.
Four veteran journalists will serve as data coaches, providing hands-on training on cleaning, manipulating, and analyzing information from data sets. The workshop will offer beginning, intermediate, and more advanced levels of training. We also will carve out time to help journalists with effective and meaningful presentation of data.
Prospective participants must submit applications by June 22. Attendees should plan to bring data sets to the workshop to develop stories. Scholarships are available for lodging, registration, and travel. (The registration fee is $100. The event is limited to journalist members of EWA. You can find out more about joining EWA here.)
Past attendees have gone on to produce compelling and enterprising coverage on an array of important topics. Examples of stories that were informed by past data workshops include:
- Title I: Rich School Districts Get Millions Meant for Poor Kids, Lauren Camera, U.S. News & World Report;
- Expelled: No Second Chances, Shelby Webb, Sarasota Herald-Tribune;
- Which High Schools Send the Most Graduates to Remedial College Classes? Trisha Powell Crain, Alabama School Connection;
- A Tougher Test for Colleges, Michael Stratford, Inside Higher Ed
- Special Report: Teacher Salary Gaps Are Wide and They Aren’t Going Away, Kevin Richert, Idaho Education News
- Why So Many Schools in Connecticut Probably Have Toxic PCBs, But Aren’t Being Tested, David DesRoches, WNPR Public Radio
Questions about the workshop or application? Contact EWA program manager Marquita Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: June 22
Application preview: The application asks a number of questions to better understand your skill level and needs. In addition, you are expected to describe concrete plans to use the skills and knowledge gained at the workshop, explaining what data you expect to bring to the workshop and what you hope to achieve by analyzing it. Also, a letter of recommendation from your editor/supervisor is required.