Covering the 2020 Census — Detroit
June 3-4, 2019
Starting now, people across the U.S. need to be informed about the census — how they can participate, what happens with their information and how that information affects their communities, and the entire nation, for the next decade.
This intensive two-day workshop hosted by Poynter and Georgetown University will arm reporters and editors with the sources, background, context and data skills they need to accurately and vigorously cover how the U.S. government counts its residents. It’s also tuition-free for accepted applicants.
What you’ll learn
  • Why is the census important and how its numbers are used
  • A step-by-step guide to census preparations, operations and data release, with local, state and national story ideas at each stage
  • The key challenges and political battles, including the citizenship question and the growing size of hard-to-count groups
  • Key sources and resources for covering the 2020 Census
  • The challenges the bureau faces in persuading people to participate
This workshop is tuition-free, thanks to support from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Knight Foundation and an anonymous donor. Accepted applicants will be responsible for the cost of transportation; however, there are limited travel scholarships available, including to cover the cost of a designated hotel.
For more information and to apply:
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