Zachary Dowdy, a journalism faculty member at Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, was recently awarded a fellowship for educators of color to attend a Data Bootcamp for Educators program, offered by the Investigative Reporters and Editors.
In today’s highly networked society, journalists increasingly need to know how to obtain, understand and use data effectively in their reporting. In participating in the bootcamp program, Dowdy will learn more about how to ensure that his students are prepared for this relatively new and important aspect of journalism.
“Zack has a distinguished career as a journalism and educator, and has covered investigative, breaking, enterprise, national and international stories for three major newspapers,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the School of Journalism, executive director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, and vice provost for academic strategy and planning at Stony Brook. “He is one of our foundational instructors teaching the fundamentals of journalism, and is well-positioned to introduce data journalism and the discipline it requires at the start of our students’ careers.”
The data bootcamp program is one of dozens of journalism training programs the IRE hosts every year. IRE works to educate journalists and journalism instructors in the latest techniques of finding, understanding and reporting on stories. The organization was founded in 1975 and offers trainings around the world.