Raw Data, Real Stories Expression of Interest Form

Presented by AIDC + Google News Initiative

The bold $40,000 pitching initiative celebrating experimentation and collaboration between journalists, storytellers and technologists.


  • 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.

    Google News Initiative and AIDC will select four (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 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.

    Expressions of Interest are now open, and will close December 16, 2019 at 11:59 (AEDT).



    a. Hypothesis - what topic do you want to explore with the data?
    b. What data are you using (e.g. will you be drawing on your own data research or on public data sets?)
    c. What is the story you are looking to tell?
    d. Why is this story important?
    e. What will data visualisation bring to your story?
    f. Who is your key audience?

  • If you are having trouble using the file uploader please email to [email protected]
    If not, don’t worry. We will provide you a list of great people to work with!
    It is a condition of entry that you are available to pitch your Proof of Concept.

  • 1. 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.
    2. Individuals, teams, news organisations or companies may apply.
    3. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over.
    4. Applicants must have at least one Australian team member to be eligible to apply.
    5. 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.
    6. Applications received after the closing date of 16 December 2019 11:59PM (AEST) will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by 23 December 2019.
    7. AIDC will provide successful applicants working independently a list of vetted technology teams to develop their Proof of Concept.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.’
    14. 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.