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IRE to host data bootcamp and award diversity fellowships

May 23rd, 2017 All Day - June 7th, 2017

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) to host weeklong data or mapping boot camp. The boot camps are hands-on, immersive training in a computer lab. Journalists emerge with newfound skills to produce better watchdog stories and advance in their careers and journalists of color are encouraged to apply for the Ottoman Fellowship, which would cover the costs of attending the boot camp. 

Ottaway Fellowship: 

WHAT: This fellowship includes waived boot camp registration fee (value of up to $1,100), up to $1,000 in travel reimbursement and a one-year IRE membership (value of $70). This award does not cover food or incidentals charges.

WHEN: The data bootcamp runs Aug. 6-10; the mapping bootcamp runs Aug. 11-13. Both take place at IRE headquarters at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Fellowship recipients can choose either hands-on bootcamp.

DEADLINE: Apply by June 7.


Required application materials: Resume, letter of recommendation from a current or former supervisor, work samples, brief description of career goals. If applicable, a few sentences on financial need. 

About the award: Established by David Ottaway and the Ottaway Family Fund to send a limited number of professional journalists to IRE's weeklong Computer-Assisted Reporting (CAR) Boot Camp series. These fellowships are aimed at increasing the diversity of IRE's membership. Applicants for this award should identify themselves with one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan, Native American, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino.