As the summer is nearing, the time has come for our reloaded version of the Summer Data Institute. This year, we are delighted to have partnered with the University of Tirana to deliver a four week intense course on data journalism, a follow up to our bootcamp in Montenegro last year.

We will be rolling out our Data Journalism Manual, over a course of 4 weeks and are looking for motivated university students and young journalists in Albania and the region to join the course and become champions for data journalism.

When: July 10 – August 5, 2017

Where: Tirana, Albania

Who: University students in their last year and young professional journalists

The hands-on program balances the principles of public service journalism with the technology for data gathering, analysis, mapping and visualization. Students will pursue public interest stories that counteract corruption and mismanagement and foster governmental transparency and accountability at the local, national and regional level through data and digital storytelling.

The course has been successfully deployed across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Recent alumni of the program have received Fulbright fellowships to continue their data journalism studies, founded their own data teams within mainstream media and been short-listed for this year’s Global Data Journalism Awards. The program is intended to instill the skills and level of data literacy necessary to produce both short data stories on a deadline as well as hard-hitting data-driven investigations through engaging digital content. Teams will produce and publish stories in their home outlets and on this blog throughout the training process. Last year our participants from Serbia and Montenegro focused on juvenile justice, the story from Kyrgyzstan was on maternal health, in Belarus the participants highlighted consumption of alcohol and risks to health, the Uzbek story looked at doing business, and a collaboration between participants from Albania and Kyrgyzstan resulted in a story on cancer surge in Albania.

The working language for the institute is English. To apply, you need to be a university student in Albania or from the Western Balkans region, or a young journalist endorsed by your employer, and willing to commit the four weeks in July and August to exploring the ins and outs of data journalism.

Application deadline is June 14 and all candidates will be notified by June 20, 2017. All costs related to participation will be covered by organizers.

Selection criteria for the application are: motivation, experience, and relevance to existing studies/work. There is a limited number of places, so apply early!