Pitch IRW a story using public accountability data
With the launch of The Accountability Project, a new data resource that allows anyone to search across wide variety of public data sets, the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW) is accepting pitches for stories that draw from our database.
You can submit your story ideas through the following form. IRW staff will review all submissions and select at least three ideas that will receive:
1) A stipend to pursue the story. IRW will provide financial stipends for each pitch that is selected. The total stipend is negotiable based on the amount of reporting and research required.
2) Editorial support for your story. IRW editors will edit selected story proposals and offer coaching during the reporting process.
3) Publishing and promotion through IRW. Selected stories will be published on
. If you already work for a newsroom, we are happy to co-publish.
Criteria for story pitches:
1) Our core requirement is that you use The Accountability Project in some way to inform your reporting. Pitches will be weighed based on how you plan to use our site.
2) We're accepting a wide range of pitches and are agnostic about the topic. Ideally, your story would have an accountability angle and seek to uncover an abuse of power, conflict of interest, or injustice of some kind.
3) We prefer stories with a text component, but welcome multimedia story pitches as well.
For more details, visit our full call for pitches:
Do you currently work for a news organization? If so, which one?
In a few sentences, please describe your story idea.
In your description, please address the following questions: What are you interested in reporting on? Why is this issue important? What's new about this story idea?
How will your story idea use data from The Accountability Project?
Please describe how you will use TAP as a resource for your reporting. It doesn't have to be the centerpiece of your story, but should employ data on the site in some way.
Have you already started reporting this story?
If you selected "yes" above, please describe where you are in your reporting process.
Anything else we should know about your story idea?
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