A bold new initiative helping unlock the real potential of raw data

RAW DATA, REAL STORIES

AIDC + Google News Initiative

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

AIDC and Google News Initiative launch Raw Data, Real Stories, a bold new $40,000 pitching initiative open to journalists and non-fiction storytellers that celebrates experimentation and collaboration between story and technology to bring raw data to life.

Raw Data, Real Stories is set to break new ground by re-imagining data’s role in storytelling within the non-fiction landscape and support the development of data journalism and the creation of a major new piece of work.

By inviting journalists and storytellers from all backgrounds to submit ideas for a data-driven story, Google News Initiative and AIDC will select 4 proposals to receive $5,000 in support to work with a technology team to develop a proof of concept to be pitched at AIDC 2019. 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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Express your interest

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from journalists and non-fiction storytellers hailing from any background to submit ideas for data-driven stories – no matter how big or small.

Expressions of Interest are now open, and will close January 14, 2019 at 11:59 (AEDT). 


Be sure to read the Raw Data Real Stories Information Sheet before submitting.

EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST HERE


The selected participants will be notified in mid-January and be given six weeks to develop the idea with a creative technology team.

“HELPING PEOPLE TO TELL STORIES THROUGH DATA LIES AT THE HEART OF GOOGLE’S MISSION TO ORGANISE THE WORLD’S INFORMATION AND MAKE IT UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE AND USEFUL. TECHNOLOGY IS TRANSFORMING HOW WE CAN CREATE AND CONSUME INFORMATION, AND WE’RE THRILLED TO PARTNER WITH AIDC TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR INNOVATION AND EXPERIMENTATION IN DATA JOURNALISM.”

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

CRITERIA

Raw Data, Real Stories is open to any journalist or non-fiction 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 pitch@aidc.com.au

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.


Only data that applicants have licensed or is in the public domain can be used. No personally-identifiable data is to be used in the storytelling.


Applications received after the closing date of 14 January 2019 11:59PM (AEDT) will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by 18 January 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 (2) Day Passes per team to attend AIDC on Sunday 3 March 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, 2019.


Neither AIDC nor Google News Initiative will retain any rights or ownership over the projects pitched or awarded the final prize.


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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