Follow the Money: US Bailout

Nearly $2 trillion will hit states over the next few years via the US Bailout Plan (ARP). This series of free data journalism workshops will empower local journalists to track this one-of-a-kind influx of funds, hold local authorities accountable, and spur smart societal change through storytelling.

There will be three hands-on workshops in this series:

Public Health and Pandemics: Tuesday, March 29, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

  • The ARP includes billions of dollars in funding to recruit and train public health professionals to respond to COVID-19 (including the new Public Health AmeriCorps), prepare the United States for future outbreaks, and support local health officials. public health. How does this money get to your community? How do private and public entities work together to implement the right solutions?

Public Safety, Policing and Beyond: Tuesday, April 12, 2-3:30 p.m. EST

  • The ARP includes additional federal funds that could be used to invest in community-based approaches to public safety, such as Medicaid funds for mobile mental health response services and housing funds that can be used to reduce the homelessness. How do local public authorities prioritize public safety needs in your community? What are the opportunities ?

Infrastructure and Environment: Tuesday, April 26, 2-3:30 p.m. EST

  • The ARP includes billions of dollars for localities to make needed investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure, while providing millions of dollars in grants to identify and address environmental injustice. How is climate resilience taken into account in the public debate on these topics? Which voices need to be heard?

Each workshop will last 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes will provide insight into the topic and include an engaging discussion with local journalists. Participants will then be sent to small breakout sessions with other journalists in their region for 45 minutes of hands-on coaching and data work. The last 15 minutes will be a large group Q&A period.


If you need help, please email us at [email protected]

Who should apply

Local journalists with a variety of data skills are welcome and will benefit from this series of workshops.

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022.


This series of workshops is free thanks to the support of the Joyce Foundation.

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