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Census 2010 Data Boot Camp for Journalists




DEADLINE for Receipt of Applications: August 17, 2009

October 26-28, 2009
Ann Arbor, MI

A three-day workshop sponsored by the McCormick/Tribune Foundation.

Request for Applications PDF Document

The Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan′s Institute for Social Research invites application for participants in a three-day workshop that will take place in Ann Arbor during the last week of October, 2009. Participants will be provided with training to understand the importance of census data and how to analyze them for local and national news stories. Upon completion of the workshop, the participants should feel comfortable using census data for reporting purposes and understanding testimony about census operations. Our goal is to encourage intelligent coverage of Census 2010 in the press.

The workshop will be directed by Reynolds Farley, the Dudley Duncan Professor Emeritus; William Frey who holds a joint appointment at the Brookings Institution; Lisa Neidert, Director of Data Services; and Albert Anderson who developed specialized software for the analysis of census data. There will also be presentations by experts on the census and survey methods as well as the participation of Paul Overberg, demographic and computer assisted reporter from USA Today. The Population Studies Center will pay the costs of travel and lodging for participants.

Aims for the workshop include the following:

This workshop will be held from Monday, October 26th through Wednesday, October 28th in Ann Arbor. Classes will meet from 8:30 to 5:00 each day.

This workshop will not offer instruction in statistics or formal research methods but the presentations will cover methodological issues that are relevant for reporting purposes.


The workshop will be held in a classroom with wireless capabilities. Participants are encouraged to bring a wifi-enabled PC laptop. For planning purposes, we need to know how many participants will bring a personal laptop.

Expense Reimbursement

Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel and lodging. Participants will not receive a stipend for their participation.

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted from journalists from all media – including new media such as bloggers – who would benefit from this workshop. Out of work journalists are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who meet at least one of the following criteria:

To apply, send 3 copies of the following to the address below (applications sent by fax will not be accepted):

  1. a cover sheet with your name, contact information, and laptop status;
  2. a brief resume;
  3. three work samples such as news stories or blog entries;
  4. a short essay for consideration;
  5. a supervisor nomination letter

Direct questions and applications to:

ATTN: 2009 Journalism Workshop
Lisa Neidert
Data Services
Population Studies Center
426 Thompson
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248

Phone: (734) 763-2203
E-mail: lisan@umich.edu

DEADLINE for receipt of applications: August 17, 2009 SELECTED APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY Friday, September 11, 2009.