Washington, D.C. —Today, 1776's media startup Shout! announced the kickoff of its third best data journalism competition that seeks to harness the use of data science for a better understanding of America's and the world's most pressing issues.
The competition is presented in partnership with General Assembly, a pioneer in education and career transformation.
Over the next few weeks, students from the General Assembly's Data Science Immersive 12-Week Career Accelerator in Washington, DC will be leveraging their data science skills to look at the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance provided by the United Nations and the United States Agency for International Development, the inner workings of President Donald J. Trump's administration or an issue of their own choosing, within the terms of the competition.
The winning submission will get a guaranteed distribution to an audience of 25,000 on Shout!.
Please see below for details.
>> 1776's media startup Shout! and General Assembly's Data Science Immersive Accelerator are doing their third data journalism challenge! Show us how you're using data science to look at the effectiveness of assistance provided by United Nations vs. USAID, the inner workings of the Trump Administration or an issue of your own choosing. Details below.
>> Write the best piece and get guaranteed distribution to an audience of 25K on Shout!
>> Your efforts will contribute to a better understanding of pressing domestic and international issues. Deadline is 8pm EST on Friday, December 15, 2017. Shout! News and General Assembly will announce the winner on Monday, December 18, 2017.
>> We recommend making your blog post about 500-800 words and focus on honing an insightful data narrative and make engaging visualizations.
>> Please post on your personal blog or Medium and then submit for the competition, here. Contact General Assembly's instructor Matt Brems or Shout!'s founder Flavius Mihaies if you have any questions.
>> See examples and past competitions here on Shout!
>> Good luck!
Topic 1: Effectiveness of UN vs. USAID. Recently, the Trump administration announced that it will switch aid to Middle East war victims from the UN to USAID. Given the effectiveness of funding from the UN and UNAID in the past, can we quantify which has been more effective and therefore whether this switch will have a positive or negative impact on the Middle East?
Topic 2: Trump administration's federal regulatory agencies leadership. While administrations led by a Republican president have historically appointed more business-friendly federal regulatory agency administrators than Democrat's, some pointed out that the current administration is on another “order of magnitude". Are current federal agency administrators not only sharing an anti-regulatory approach, but also coming from industries companies that were investigated or fined by the very federal agencies they are now leading?
Topic 3: Choose your own. Must be data-driven, must address a topic in international development, domestic or global health, or conflict resolution.