Data Fellowship

Overview

Tableau Foundation and Equal Measures 2030 (EM2030) have joined together to launch a Fellowship for Data Journalists. Applications are open to data journalists from India and Kenya who identify as women or gender minorities.

The Fellowship cohort will consist of up to 15 data journalists who demonstrate an interest in learning Tableau skills and a passion for data-driven journalism about gender quality issues linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition to extensive training, this opportunity includes a complimentary two-year license for Tableau software, ongoing mentoring and support, access to EM2030’s SDG Gender Index data and a $1,500 cash grant to support your work.

Fellows, in turn, are expected to apply their data skills and the EM2030 SDG Gender Index data to develop pieces of data-driven journalism (such as articles, infographics, apps, etc.) about key gender equality issues relevant to their country context.

Applications Open: December 18, 2020

Application Deadline: January 31, 2021 at midnight EST

The program has five key objectives:

  1. To collaborate with women and gender minority data journalists in India and Kenya to strengthen their capacity to analyse and use data in their journalism and to foster a network of evidence-based and data-driven journalists who are passionate about gender equality issues
  2. To increase the reach and impact of journalism about key gender equality issues, through enhanced analytical and data visualization skills and capacities
  3. To enhance connections between data journalists and advocates at global, regional and national level to have greater collective influence on gender equality issues
  4. To bring analytics to underrepresented issues and historically underserved communities
  5. To increase take up and dissemination of EM2030 data, analysis and tools (especially the SDG Gender Index and related Bending the Curve data)

Over the course of 8-10 months, the program will include:

  • A Tableau Creator license: Each Fellow will receive a Creator license valid for two years.
  • Three (3) X two-day virtual/in-person (depending on local travel restrictions) Tableau trainings: Fellows will receive trainings as a cohort. Trainings include Tableau Desktop I, Tableau Desktop II, and Data Storytelling.
  • Five (5) two-hour virtual meetings with the other Fellows (convened by EM2030): Each virtual meeting will give Fellows an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and to seek help with their own data visualization and analysis questions.
  • One (1) final presentation: one final virtual meeting where Fellows will present their products to the other Fellows and stakeholders from EM2030 and Tableau.
  • Tableau mentorship: The Tableau Foundation will pair each fellow with a technical Tableau mentor to support the Fellow with personalized, one-on-one technical guidance.
  • EM2030 focal point: EM2030 will pair each Fellow with an EM2030 focal point for support such as questions about the SDG Gender Index, other data technical questions, advocacy and/or communications support.
  • Connection with local advocates: Fellows will have the opportunity to meet local advocates (EM2030 national partners) at least twice during the project, for example for help identifying issues for investigation or to provide further context and lived experience related to the issues raised in the data.
  • $1,500 cash stipend: The stipend will come in the form of an unrestricted grant and will be disbursed in part up front and in part after the final presentation.
  • The potential for additional presentations in national/regional/global conferences (to be confirmed, depending on themes covered, products produced, travel restrictions linked to international conferences, etc.)
  • Produce a great data-driven project before December 2021 (expected work volume: >80 hours) and report on progress regularly to your Tableau mentor and your EM2030 focal point.
    • The projects should incorporate your Tableau skills and the EM2030 Index data in some way and should showcase your data journalism skills and be highly visible in your country.
    • They can be a series of articles on a given topic, an interactive app, a news game, a data-driven investigation, or another journalistic product that we haven’t thought of!
  • Publish your project with a local media organization.
  • Attend the three training sessions, virtual convening with other Fellows, at least two meeting with EM2030 national partners in India or Kenya (as relevant), regular dialogues with your Tableau mentor and EM2030 focal point, and the final presentation.
  • Participate in conference panels or other events, if relevant opportunities arise
  • Communicate about your participation in the program (for e.g. through blog posts or sharing on social media).
  • Work in a positive and respectful way with other participants.
  • Complete a program evaluation questionnaire and short interview at the end, to support our learning for future programs.

Dates indicated are estimations and may be subject to change.  Any changes will be communicated to Fellows as early as possible.

Event/activity   Date* Location*
Applications Open          December 18, 2020 Online
Applications Close January 31, 2021 Online
Fellowship Cohort Announced March 1, 2021 Online
Kick off call March 10, 2021 Online
In-person Training (Desktop I) April 27 & 28 2021 Online
In-person Training (Desktop II) July 6 & 7 2021 Online
In-person Training (Visual Storytelling) ~September 2021 (TBC) Online
Regular Virtual Meetings – Tableau Mentor ~April to December 2021 Online
Every other Month Virtual Meetings – EM2030 Focal Point ~April to December 2021 Online
Meeting with EM2030 national partner in Kenya or India (as relevant) At least twice between ~April and December 2021 Online or in-person, depending on location and travel restrictions
5 Virtual Meetings – Fellows Cohort ~April to December 2021 Online
Final Presentation ~December 2021 to January 2022 Online
Questionnaire and interview to assess program impact and support program learning ~January 2022 Online

Technical skills:

  • Applicants should be familiar with the tools of data journalism. In particular, they should:
    • Know how to use advanced spreadsheet functionalities such as pivot tables, filters and vertical lookups.
    • Be keen to learn how to use Tableau data visualisation software

Experience:

  • Applicants should have an example of at least one story they’ve previously published using data journalism techniques in the news media.

Country of residence:

  • Applicants must be residents of India or Kenya

Gender identity:

  • Applicants should self-identify as women or a minority gender

English language:

  • Program activities will be conducted in English, and all participants will need fluency in spoken and written English to participate effectively in the program activities
    • Data Fellows can, of course, create their data products in any language but they will be expected to be able to share and explain their products in English so the rest of the group can understand and learn from what they’ve created
  • Please complete the application form at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C8Q89T
  • The application is very brief and will ask multiple choice questions or require very short answers about your motivation for applying, your data experience, your early thinking about the gender equality issues you might want to explore and the journalism products you might want to create through this Fellowship, and your reflections after briefly exploring EM2030 data for your country
  • You will also be asked to upload or provide a link to a previous example of your data-driven journalism work

EM2030 is a “global to local” partnership made up of organisations from civil society and the development and private sectors who work together to connect data and evidence with advocacy and action on gender equality, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We believe that data can expose inequality and injustice, motivate change, and drive accountability. The current Partnership Council is made up of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Asia-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Committee for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM), Data2X, the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), KPMG International, ONE Campaign, Plan International, Tableau Foundation and Women Deliver.

The Tableau Foundation is a philanthropic initiative led by Tableau Software employees that encourages the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve the world’s problems. Tableau Foundation grants combine Tableau’s two most valuable resources – its people and its products – with financial support to nonprofits that are using data to reshape communities around the globe. To learn more, visit www.tableaufoundation.org.

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