Thibi and the Internews Earth Journalism Network’s Environmental Data Journalism Academy prepares passionate environmental journalists in the Philippines for careers in data-driven accountability reporting.
The intensive six-month Academy has been created for select journalists to produce in-depth data-driven journalism on critical environmental issues in the Philippines. The course, which will run in 2023, is divided into three parts: one month of Fundamentals of Data Journalism online learning, one month of Intermediate Data Journalism online learning and a two to three month Mentorship (combination of in-person and remote) with story production stipend. Mentorship spots are limited and only journalists who have graduated from the Fundamentals and Intermediate data journalism courses and successfully pitched a story will be selected for the Mentorship.View Program DetailsView Program FAQs
The Environmental Data Journalism Academy teaches a structured, reusable process for telling data-driven stories about any beat using a wide array of tools. By diving deep into specific environmental data in the Philippines, journalists go through guided exercises to produce data-driven stories and develop mastery over the key issues, tools and storytelling techniques for finding scoops hidden in data.
The intermediate course expands on the basic process by equipping journalists with the skills to iterate nuanced hypotheses, wrangle more complex data and ask more penetrating questions of both the data and the experts who understand the story it has to tell. While continuing to work on a core set of environmental data, journalists will be invited to find new angles to uncover new insights into the topic and explore new ways of telling those stories. The course will combine synchronous and asynchronous learning with participants expected to attend up to 10 hours of online sessions per week as well as complete assignments.
In this phase, we invite alumni to pitch ideas for deeply reported data-driven environmental stories in the public interest. Grantees will attend a one-week intensive in-person coaching session in Manila. Then each story grant recipient will receive one-on-one remote coaching for several hours a week through publication by both data and long-form journalism experts as they apply the process learned in the course to their own investigation. We will also work closely with editors and publishers to ensure that interactive content and longform storytelling are effectively integrated into various platforms
Tell deeper environmental accountability stories through data
The single most important predictor for success for this program is a passion for in-depth storytelling and a track record to prove it. We are looking for self-motivated, high-potential individuals in the Philippines who are open to learning a new process for investigating a story through data. Applicants might be employed at media companies or freelancers. We also welcome teams from a single media house. We welcome newsroom reporters, designers and developers who have some experience covering the environmental beat.
When I wrote my story for the fellowship, I found the process fascinating. Especially with this new way of expressing data journalism combined with storytelling, which attracts readers’ attention. I was surprised and happy when my story was recognized by the Deputy Prime Minister.Read Tuyen's full interview and impact story here
Data journalism has helped me change the way I tell stories. From opinion-based to data-based, or even numeric-based. New-generation audiences care for facts, not opinions.
Explore how journalists have harnessed data to explain and expose crucial environmental issues.Check out all the stories we have produced!
Behind the scenes of a data story is an exciting and rewarding process. It involves collecting, analyzing, and presenting data in a way that is easily understood and engaging.Check out the behind-the-scenes of a data story
You will be asked to fill out an online application form and submit examples of previous stories you’ve written. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next round of selection.
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