Starting small

We’ll experiment in South Florida before going national. With a $5,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, we’ll launch a pilot program, screw it up, and repair the damage before scaling up.


Create a course…

Specifically crafted for retired journalists. Practical for the work they’ll do. Whimsical so they’ll look forward to taking it. Concise so they won’t get bored. (Many data journalism workshops need an editor.)


Recruit a class…

A half-dozen retirees from the tri-county area. SPJ Florida once calculated: During the Mediapocalypse, the Big Three dailies – The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, and Palm Beach Post – shrunk so drastically, it was the equivalent of laying off the entire staff of one of those papers. So sadly, we have quite a pool to draw from.


Embark on a project…

Simple yet powerful. For our first effort, we’ll be greedy and go tiny. South Florida’s Big Three are much smaller than they once were, but they still have the resources to investigate evil when they want to. South Florida has many smaller news outlets that might win regional and even national awards for their size if a RAW project is successful.


Read on…