The Data Institute 2021

An intensive virtual workshop from The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica and OpenNews on how to use data, design and code for journalism. From July 12 to July 16.

Our Materials

After the Data Institute is over we’ll post all of our teaching materials here: slides, exercises, links, and homework.

Meet the Class of 2021

We’re thrilled to announce the 12 outstanding journalists who will be joining us for the Data Institute.

Astrid Casimire (@astridcasimire) is a reporter with Bay City News, a wire service in the San Francisco Bay Area, and its nonprofit partner site Astrid reports on the ins and outs of San Mateo County, covering the COVID-19 pandemic, some breaking news, local meetings and equity issues. She grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and studied human biology and journalism at Stanford University.

Sara Ernst (@sarawilla1) is a radio reporter at Houston Public Media. She covers health disparities in the city with the largest uninsured population in the country. Although she has lived in five states in the past three years, Texas is the farthest west she’s been.

Genevieve Finn is a freelance journalist originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but will soon be based in Dublin. Previously, Genevieve was a staff writer at a small newspaper called The Malibu Times, where she covered everything from city hall politics and the local school board to elephant seal pup releases and wildfires. Before that, she was an intern for The New York Times’ Australia bureau and GQ Australia.

Natasha Grzincic (@tashgrz) is the deputy editor at VICE Canada and the force behind Tipping Point, VICE’s series on environmental justice. Previously, Natasha put the mother in Motherboard (as senior editor) and introduced Cheese Day at the Toronto Star (as digital news lead). She’s also a co-founder of Canadian Journalists of Colour, a networking and resource-sharing group for racialized journalists that is now over 1,000 strong.

Esther Yoon-Ji Kang (@estheryjkang) is a reporter on the Race, Class & Communities Desk at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. Previously, she worked as an editor at Chicago magazine and a producer for Tribune Publishing’s newspaper websites. Born in South Korea, she grew up in Paraguay and the Washington, D.C., area and is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the journalism school.

Aaron Morrison (@aaronlmorrison) is a New York City-based national writer for The Associated Press, where he covers race and justice. He has written extensively about policing, criminal justice reform and grassroots social movements, beginning with Black Lives Matter. Aaron’s work has also appeared in The Appeal, Mic and The Record newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Valentina Palm (@valenpalmb) is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in investigative journalism at Florida International University. Valentina serves as the editor in chief of FIU’s student-run newspaper, PantherNOW, and her reporting recently won a third-place Hearst Investigative Reporting award. Her passion is to write stories that shine a light on community issues and that spark change. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she understands the importance of press freedom and the responsibility of accurately reporting the truth.

Elle Perry (@elleactually) is digital desk manager for The Daily Memphian. She previously served as digital producer and social engagement manager for the Memphis Business Journal and coordinator for The Teen Appeal, the former Scripps Howard countywide high school newspaper program.

Victor Emanuelle Ramos (@vramosrosado) is a young journalist from Puerto Rico interested in investigative and data journalism as well as audio journalism. He is a co-founder of an independent news outlet called El Pocillo and also a co-founder and sound designer for the podcast “En qué quedó.” Most recently, he worked as an editor for the WYNC and Futuro Studios podcast “La Brega” about Puerto Rican stories.

Zacharia Washington (@ZachariaReports) is a recent graduate of Huston-Tillotson University, the only HBCU right in the heart of Austin, Texas. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in professional writing. Zacharia currently works full time at the Texas Observer as a News Initiative Fellow, and she will soon begin the master’s program for advanced study in journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

Aallyah Wright (@aallyahpatrice) is a rural affairs and race and equity reporter for Stateline, the newsroom of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Previously, Aallyah worked for Mississippi Today where she covered education and local government and founded the Mississippi Delta Public Newsroom in her home region. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism with minors in communication and theatre from Delta State University.

Tesnim Zekeria (@tesszeeks) is a research assistant at Popular Information, a political accountability newsletter. She has a bachelor’s degree from Williams College in comparative literature.

Code of Conduct

1. Purpose

We believes the Data Institute should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We expect all of our instructors and students to help us create a safe and positive workshop for everyone.

2. Expected Behavior

Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.

Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert the Data Institute organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

3. Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by anyone participating in the Data Institute.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by instructors, students or other staff.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If someone engages in unacceptable behavior, the Data Institute organizers may take any action we deem appropriate, up to and including discontinuation of any stipends and expulsion from the Institute.

5. What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a Data Institute organizer as soon as possible.

The Data Institute organizers will be available to help participants contact building security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the Institute.

Special thanks to the Portland Tech Workshops for creating their Code of Conduct and licensing it under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.