The National Institute on Money in State Politics is pairing with the Knight Foundation to offer free training to 20 journalists wanting a closer look at the role of money in politics.

During the all-expenses-paid FollowTheMoney Train(ing) seminar, reporters from U.S. news organizations both large and small will come to the University of Montana – Missoula, for hands-on training Aug. 12-14.

Reporters will learn how to use the Ask Anything website and others for computer-assisted reporting.

In turn, the reporters return to their news organizations and show others how to follow the money in state politics.

Organizers are looking for 20 newsroom leaders willing to write important stories relevant to special-interest influences in elections or policy decisions.

Applications are due by May 15. To apply, visit http://followthemoney.org/media-room/followthemoney-training/.

Each reporter will bring two story ideas on local or state campaign and/or policy issues. For both stories, the outcome of the policy issue should be expected to impact companies or individuals.

Local community issues – utilities, gas and oil develop­ment, judicial elections, and education – are but a few potential topics.

The seminar is free, and reporters will receive reason­able coach-class airfare, three nights lodging Aug. 12-14 and meals during the seminar, plus per diem meals for travel.

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