UNLOCKING THE REAL POTENTIAL OF RAW DATA

RAW DATA, REAL STORIES

Are you a storyteller with a data-driven idea, big or small? 

AIDC and Google News Initiative are returning for the second year of Raw Data, Real Stories, a $60,000 pitching initiative open to journalists and nonfiction storytellers that celebrates experimentation and collaboration between story and technology to bring raw data to life.

In 2019 Raw Data, Real Stories broke new ground by re-imagining data’s role in storytelling within the nonfiction landscape through supporting the development of four data journalism proof of concepts with the creation of the eye-opening project The Invisible Crime (The Age).

Raw Data, Real Stories 2020 invites journalists and storytellers from all backgrounds to submit ideas for a data-driven story. Google News Initiative and AIDC will once again select four proposals to receive $5,000 each to support working with a technology team to develop a proof of concept for pitching at AIDC 2020.

The winning team will receive $40,000 of project funds to turn their raw data into a new creative work for a real audience.


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Past projects

The four projects who participated in the 2019 Raw Data, Real Stories pitch were:

How Young Australians Really Feel About Climate Change
Junkee Media, Small Multiples


Invisible Crime – 2019 Winner [pictured]
The Age


Nation Borders
NITV, SBS Digital


Mapping Disinformation Networks
Yaara Bou Melham, Sandpit

 

“WE’RE THRILLED TO PARTNER WITH AIDC ON ‘RAW DATA, REAL STORIES’ – THE SUCCESS OF THE FIRST ROUND IN 2019 DEMONSTRATED BOTH THE INTEREST IN USING DATA TO TELL STORIES, AND THE POSITIVE IMPACT THOSE STORIES CAN HAVE ON SOCIETY.

– NIC HOPKINS
GOOGLE NEWS LAB LEAD FOR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

 

“PITCHING AND RECEIVING [THE] GRANT HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN ALLOWING US TO PURSUE IMPORTANT AND TIMELY JOURNALISM, AND WILL GIVE US A PLATFORM TO MARKET THIS CONTENT EFFECTIVELY TO OUR AUDIENCES.”

– ELEANOR MARSH,
PRODUCER, THE INVISIBLE CRIME
THE AGE

SELECTION CRITERIA

Raw Data, Real Stories is open to any journalist or nonfiction storyteller with a strong idea for a data-driven story.

The initiative is platform agnostic and ideas that are experimental in form are highly encouraged!

Projects will be selected for:

  1. Their creative use of data
  2. The timeliness of the story
  3. The originality of the proof of concept
  4. A journalistic element to the approach

We welcome all ideas for data-driven stories, but particularly encourage those that highlight diversity and inclusion.


Journalists and storytellers who are not working with an in-house technology team can be provided a list of creative technology teams to work with if selected.

Questions? Email [email protected]

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for Raw Data, Real Stories 2020 are now open. Be sure to read the Raw Data Real Stories Submission Guide before applying.


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Applications close Monday 16 December 2019 11:59pm (AEDT).

TERMS & CONDITIONS

In submitting this application, the applicant agrees to be bound by the rules and terms and conditions as set out by the Australian International Documentary Conference.


Individuals, teams, news organisations or companies may apply. 


Applicants must be 18 years of age or over. 


Applicants must have at least one Australian team member to be eligible to apply. 


Entry is open to all journalists, non-fiction storytellers, news organisations and creative technology teams with an idea for a data-driven project with a journalistic element. 


Applications received after the closing date of 16 December 2019 11:59PM (AEDT) will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by 23 December 2019. 


AIDC will provide successful applicants working independently a list of vetted technology teams to develop their Proof of Concept.


Successful applicants working with external technologists will need to provide a letter of confirmation signed by both parties in order to unlock the $5,000 funding. This letter will state the external technology team with whom the applicant will be working, as well as outline the agreement between the two parties around the ownership of the work. It is at the discretion of the parties how this funding will be disbursed.


Successful applicants working with internal development teams will need to provide a letter of confirmation outlining the ownership of the work to be signed by the applicant. It is at the discretion of the applicant how this funding will be disbursed.


There is no cost to apply and selected applicants will be provided two Day Passes per team to attend AIDC on Sunday 1 March 2020 to pitch their proof of concept. Additional passes can be purchased for $275 (inc. GST) per person. Travel expenses to Melbourne to pitch at AIDC will not be covered.


The winning project pitched at AIDC will be awarded project funds of $40,000 which will be paid in three stages with the final payment at the completion of the project. The project must be delivered by June 30, 2020. 


All projects completed with funding provided by the initiative will acknowledge the support of Google News Initiative and the Australian International Documentary Conference, however neither AIDC nor Google News Initiative will retain any rights or ownership over the projects pitched or awarded the final prize.


Complete projects will include the following acknowledgement line: ‘[Project title] was supported by Google News Initiative as part of the Australian International Documentary Conference‘s Raw Data, Real Stories data journalism pitching initiative.’


By submitting your application to Raw Data, Real Stories, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. AIDC reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants. 


AIDC shall use its best endeavours to treat all submissions confidentially, however, selected applications will be made available to media unless a request is made otherwise.


There is a chance that a number of ideas submitted as part of Raw Data, Real Stories, including the applicant’s – may contain subject matter, themes, activity, characters and other material that is similar to other projects submitted to AIDC. The applicant acknowledges that AIDC is not liable in the event that the project submitted by the applicant is in any way similar to a project selected by AIDC now or in the future. 

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