This program was for Spanish-speaking and English-speaking journalists working within the United States. Click here to read this page in Spanish.
Today’s financial markets and the business sector have become more complex – and harder to understand and interpret to news audiences. It is vital that America’s growing minority and ethnic populations, as well as other underserved communities, become better informed about the economy so they can make sound financial and consumer decisions. A new and growing body of expertise and digital tools – data journalism – can help business and financial journalists better serve these audiences. In the McGraw Hill Financial Data Journalism Program, ICFJ helped journalists master this new set of tools and produce data-driven stories that raise financial literacy in underserved communities.
The program gave journalists reporting for minority and other underserved populations a variety of data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases. During training on ICFJ’s digital training platform, journalists took a course on finding, interpreting, visualizing, and reporting on this data.
The online courses took place from October 7, 2013 through December 1, 2013. All applicants were asked to propose a project that they developed throughout the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects then took place from December 2, 2013 until January 26, 2014.
The program was divided into three parts:
• an eight-week online training on data journalism tools and techniques, including how to mine economic and financial databases
• an eight-week online mentoring period, during which participants produced stories to publish in their media outlets. This year, MarketWatch provided mentors for each participant, who helped offer guidance and feedback while the stories were developed.
• a three-day reporting field trip to New York City for the top five performers in the online course. Participants had the opportunity to interview economists, among them experts from McGraw Hill Financial, as well as stock market officials and economic analysts and business leaders in a bustling hub of world finance. The top participants’ stories were honored at the McGraw Hill Financial Data Journalism Awards ceremony, held at McGraw Hill Financial's New York offices. There, ICFJ recognized the journalists who have produced the most significant data journalism stories with the McGraw Hill Financial Data Journalism Awards and cash prizes of US $2,500, $1,500, $750, and 2 honorable mentions of $500.