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Help us track the backlash against women’s rights in Latin America

Apply for a three-month, part-time fellowship and hone your investigative and data journalism skills. Deadline: 19 May 2019.

2 May 2019
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We need your help to track ultra-conservative movements operating across borders to challenge access to abortion, sex education, and LGBTIQ rights. This year we are excited to announce a three-month, part-time fellowship opportunity for a reporter based in Latin America, starting in mid June 2019.

We are looking for one woman, trans or gender-nonconforming writer to support a special investigation as part of our ongoing Tracking the Backlash project. Specifically, this fellowship will focus on applying data journalism and other investigative reporting techniques to tracking these movements.

The fellow will be paid a stipend of £500 ($650) per month and will be expected to dedicate approximately 10-12 hours of their time each week to research and reporting tasks for articles to be published on openDemocracy.net in 2019. These are not full-time positions and can run alongside other responsibilities.

The fellow will work closely with openDemocracy 50.50’s editor Claire Provost, an investigative journalist and former Guardian data journalist, and Diana Cariboni, former co-editor-in-chief of IPS News and a Tracking the Backlash contributor in Uruguay. They will also be invited to attend workshops on data journalism skills.

This is an exciting opportunity for a reporter who wants to gain experience with investigative data journalism, or a researcher with experience in data entry and analysis who wants to gain experience in journalism.

To apply you should:

  • Be familiar with the topics covered in 50.50’s Tracking the Backlash series
  • Have a sharp eye for detail and a commitment to fact-checking and accuracy
  • Be willing to do tedious and repetitive but essential data entry work
  • Speak and write fluently in English as well as in Spanish (or Portuguese)
  • Be based anywhere in Latin America, with reliable access to the internet

Apply here (in English) by 10pm GMT on Sunday 19 May 2019

Peter Geoghegan: dark money and dirty politics

Democracy is in crisis and unaccountable flows of money are helping to destroy it. Peter Geoghegan’s new book, ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’, charts how secretive money, lobbying and data has warped our democracy.

How has dark money bought our politics? What can be done to change the system?

Join us for a journey through a shadowy world of dark money and disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington, and far beyond.

Sign up to take part in a free live discussion on Thursday 13 August at 5pm UK time/6pm CET

In conversation:

Peter Geoghegan Dark Money Investigations editor at openDemocracy and the author of ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’.

Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy.

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