JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants for Journalists Worldwide ($5,000-$25,000 grants)

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  • Apply Before : September 28, 2020
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 6 Months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
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Opportunity Description


Call for applications for John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University and Big Local News, a project of the Stanford Journalism and Democracy Initiative, are open now. The grant under this fellowship will be funding data-driven, replicable stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As there are numerous challenges and hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, from governance to the economy, and from healthcare to routine lives, the role of data is very crucial in responding to this crisis. Given that all these problems can be better visualized and understood by data, this program has been designed to help local journalists to collect data and report on the pandemic. Applications are open to journalists covering these issues in any part of the world.

Program details

Application deadline: 28 September 2020

Organizing institution: Stanford University, Journalism and Democracy Initiative

Duration: 6 months

October 2020: Grants announcement and start date

March 2021: End date for projects.


The program provides small- to medium-size grants ranging between $5000 to 25000.

With support from the Google News Initiative, selected projects will receive funding to cover the costs of data gathering, analysis, and reporting.

How does it work?

Big Local News will create a platform for collecting and saving the data and will provide ongoing support for recipients. Once the stories are published, the data will be shared as an Open Project at biglocalnews.org, along with a guide or story instruction for how to do a similar story elsewhere. Furthermore, the data may also be archived permanently with Stanford Libraries.


Eligibilities for the JSK-Big Local News Data Reporting Grants are as follows:

  • It is open to journalists in any part of the world.
  • It welcomes applications from individual journalists with legacy and digital-native news organizations, independent journalists, and data scientists working for journalistic purposes.
  • Organizations, such as legacy newsrooms or non-profit news organizations worldwide, are also welcome to apply.
  • It is looking for data-driven projects and stories related to the coronavirus pandemic, which can be replicable elsewhere.
  • Successful projects may include coverage of COVID-19 health and racial disparities of victims and those affected by the current health crisis in communities of color or the economic sectors which have closed due to the pandemic.
  • If you are not a traditional journalist but working on COVID-19-related stories and have an achievement in this regard as well as can create a significant impact, you can also apply.
  • JSK alumni are also eligible to apply.

How to apply?

You can apply online for the program HERE.

For more inquiries, please email [email protected]

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