The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is pleased to announce that nominations have now opened for the fourth annual Investintech-CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship.

The scholarship is aimed at supporting and recognizing post-secondary students who are interested in journalism. The winner of the scholarship will be one Canadian student whose submission shows an interest and understanding of data journalism tools and techniques.

The winner will receive a one-time cash prize of $1,000 CAD, a free one-year CAJ membership, and a free registration pass to the King’s College Summer Data School in 2023 in Halifax.

A selection jury made up of credible data journalists will review all submissions according to journalistic guidelines and standards.

The deadline for submissions is April 28, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.

Eligibility:  

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Pursuing a course of studies or program leading to a diploma, undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Show evidence of their journalism skills and interest, such as having a published news story, or be working for a college publication,etc.
  • Currently accepted to or enrolled in a college or university in Canada.

Submission and Application Details: 

Submitted work may be a published item, class assignment or even an item on a personal blog.

  • Work must have been produced within one calendar year of the scholarship closing date.
  • A single submission of individual work is preferred. If the submitted item is produced as part of a team of two or more, the applicant must submit a detailed explanation about their contribution and their own proof of work.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to apply.

The submission must include:

  • An example of a work of journalism that shows the application of data skills (e.g. use of spreadsheets, web scraping, use of mapping tool). The submissions must include at least one data visualization (e.g. a map or a chart) produced by the student.
  • An explanation of what you did and how you did it, including the resources you used and how the data was compiled. For submissions that were part of a group project, applicants must explain their role, the skills they used in fulfilling that role, and the specific parts of the story, or stories, that their contribution influenced.

Selection Process & Review Guidelines:   

  • Follow all submission rules and complete full details
  • Submissions must be in English or French
  • Minimum word count for written parts of the submission: 500
  • Previously published material can be submitted
  • Creativity, style, coherence, readability
  • Effective use of data, visualizations and/or medium being used
  • Strength of the topic and the applicant’s work

All submissions will be passed by a small committee made up of experienced journalists. Investintech.com will work in collaboration with the CAJ to create a jury that includes judges with extensive experience and multiple credentials at notable and authoritative media outlets. The official selection committee that will determine the winning submission will include one Investintech.com representative and one CAJ member to provide input during the selection process.

Each jury member will be carefully selected, reviewed, and recommended by the CAJ. Journalists will be chosen based on their background, experience, and area of expertise. At least one of these members will be fluent in French to help evaluate submissions that are in French. The jury will review all submissions and narrow down the results to just one winning submission.

The selection jury for the 2022-2023 academic year:

  • Chad Skelton
  • David McKie
  • Valérie Oullet

To learn more about the credentials and journalism experience of the selection jury members, please visit the Investintech Data Journalist Scholarship Selection Jury page.

Important Dates and Deadlines: 

  • Submission Deadline: April 28, 2023
  • Review timeframe: May 1-12, 2023
  • Announcement date: May 16, 2023
  • Award date: May 17, 2023 

Visit the Investintech-CAJ Data Journalism Scholarship website to apply! 

About the CAJ:

The CAJ is Canada’s largest national professional organization for journalists from all media, representing 1,300 members across the country. The CAJ’s primary roles are to provide high-quality professional development for its members and public-interest advocacy.

For more information, please contact:

Brent Jolly

President, Canadian Association of Journalists

(289) 387-3179

brent@caj.ca

Reena Cruz

Media Contact

Investintech.com  Inc.

reena.cruz@investintech.com

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