Latest ProPublica Data Institute Features Reporters From NPR, The Advocate and NASA

2017 session runs June 7-21

It’s a sweet summer deal. For the 12 selected participants, ProPublica covers lodging in New York, travel to and from, breakfast, lunch and public transit costs. On top of that, the two-week crash course in data journalism is free.

Many applications are received each year, and so, the nine women and three men who were chosen for this year’s session, which starts tomorrow and runs through Wednesday June 21, can rightly boast about having made the cut. Certainly, from Fishbowl’s perspective, one of the people whose background jumps out is Kasha Patel:

Patel is an earth science writer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center covering topics from the latest research about hurricanes to the unique applications of satellite data in emergency response, agriculture and citizen science. She hosted a NASA mini TV-web series called “Earth Expeditions” that highlighted how NASA studies Earth with boats, airplanes, and even dog sleds. She is also a stand-up comic and specializes in science jokes, producing Science Comedy shows where only science jokes are allowed. She studied chemistry at Wake Forest University and earned her M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University. She will also be happy to play a game of Ultimate frisbee with you.

Did you catch that? Comedy shows where ‘only science jokes are allowed.’ Take my equation, please!

Another notable participant is Meredith Clark who, following these next two weeks, will be digesting what she has learned and passing it on to students at the University of Virginia. Clark starts with the Department of Media Studies there in the fall.

The rest of the 2017 group is made up of:

  • Andrew Wang, who covers the small-business beat for NerdWallet;
  • April Ehrlich, a city reporter for The News-Review newspaper in Roseburg, Ore.;
  • April Joyner, a former Inc. senior reporter;
  • April Simpson, associate editor at Current;
  • Ellis Simani, a Claremont McKenna graduate who will be interning this summer at The Seattle Times;
  • Julieta Rodrigo, an alumnus of Florida International University;
  • Mike Finch, a journalist at the Daytona Beach News-Journal;
  • Sandra Gomez-Aceves, a breaking news reporter with The Hartford Courant;
  • Tasnim Shamma, who works for Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE;
  • Yezmin Villarreal, news editor for The Advocate.

Knock ’em data dead!

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