Freelance journalist Jimmy Thomson has been awarded the storyLAB Data Journalism Grant, a new initiative presented by Humber College’s storyLAB and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
The results of Thomson’s reporting on Indigenous land stewardship will be published by the Narwhal, where he has previously researched stories surrounding land guardianship programs, northern entrepreneurship and more.
Thomson’s multimedia project will use patrol data, interviews, video and photography “to tell the story of how this movement has grown, spreading up and down the coast from Haida Gwaii — where it became more visible a few decades ago — to deep within the inlets of the Central Coast,” he explained in the grant announcement.
“Jimmy’s project is timely, data-driven and utterly fascinating,” said David Weisz, director of the storyLAB and professor at Humber’s Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, “exactly the type of journalism we want to nurture through this grant.”
The inaugural grant callout for a data journalism project on Indigenous land rights was announced in Fall 2019.