Join our Data Fellow Program

Apply for The Plug’s Summer 2020 data journalism fellowship focused on tech companies and racial justice. 


We’re the brains behind the viral datasheet tracking Tech Companies’ statements and commitments to racial justice. Since releasing it on May 30th, it has been viewed more than 20,000 times, shared over 5,000 times across social media, and featured in The Washington Post, Mashable, and other major publications and television networks. 

As committed journalists, data enthusiasts, and activists for social justice and inclusion, we understand how powerful knowledge and information is to understanding and shaping a better and more just society.

Inside Our Summer Data Fellows Program

The fellow will be paid a stipend of $3,750 over the course of 10 weeks. Fellows will be expected to dedicate 30 hours a week for research, reporting, data entry, analysis, and data visualization. 

Fellows will receive mentorship, supervision, and support in cultivating data analysis and investigative skills, in addition to opportunities to write and publish stories via The Plug at 

Who We’re Looking for: 

Talented journalism students or researchers with an interest in data as well as racial justice and equity who’d like to refine their journalism skills. An interest in the technology sector is a plus. 





Who We Are

The Plug is a digital news and insights platform covering the Black innovation economy. We launched in 2016 as a daily tech newsletter and have been mapping the trends of Black-led startups, ecosystems, technologies, training, and research as part of our journalism. Our work has been featured in VICE, The Washington Post, Mashable, The Information, Black Enterprise, and more.

Questions? Reach our team at

Supported from our The Plug’s Founding Partner Sponsors

This fellowship is made possible by generous support from our founding member partners including several individuals, small businesses, and corporate leaders:

Individual Partners

Kierra S., Nathan B., Saba C., Kevin N.,  Bria S., Nomanza A., Caroline L.,

Sharhonda B., Rebecca S., Wayne S., Krystal J., Tamara T., Deandrea S., QuHarrison T., Savanna B., Qiana P., Erica P.


Corporate Partners



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