NEFAC Sending Former Institute Fellows to Data+Narrative Program at Boston University

Learn How to Best Engage Audiences With Data During Five-Day Workshop; Tuition and Fees Waived for Those Selected

Application Deadline April 1

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition is sponsoring two seats at the upcoming five-day Data+Narrative storytelling workshop at Boston University.

The seats are reserved exclusively for past attendees of NEFAC’s New England First Amendment Institute.

The workshop helps individuals of all backgrounds better engage audiences through powerful data-driven stories.

NEFAC will be selecting two former institute fellows to attend the June 3-7 program without any tuition or fees required, a more than $2,000 value. Those selected are responsible for their own lodging and transportation, if needed.

Former fellows interested in attending should describe in 300 words or less how the program will help improve their work and email to on or before April 1. Those chosen to attend will be notified by April 15.

Program sessions include:

• Data Extraction
• Using R
• Scraping Data
• Creating Spreadsheets
• Data Mining
• Cleaning Data
• Utilizing SQL
• Data Visualization

A list of all session topics can be found here. Past instructors include Charles Berret of Columbia University, Aaron Kessler of CNN, Margot Williams of The Intercept, Christine Zhang of Two Sigma and Lydia Zuraw of Kaiser Health News.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our fellows to further hone their skills and learn from some of the best in the field,” said Justin Silverman, NEFAC’s executive director.

NEFAC thanks the Boston University College of Communication for providing the two seats at this year’s Data+Narrative program.

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include the Hearst Connecticut Media Group, the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.