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These 6 numbers show ProPublica's growth since Election Day

Thanks to a shoutout from John Oliver, the election of President Trump, an insult from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and, oh yeah, its journalism, ProPublica is enjoying a pretty good run. Just how good was disclosed on Friday, when the nonprofit investigative outlet put out its quarterly report to stakeholders. The report, which … Read More
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Craig Newmark Foundation gives $1 million to ProPublica

The Craig Newmark Foundation, the philanthropic endeavor started by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, announced on Wednesday a $1 million gift to ProPublica. The gift will "allow ProPublica to deploy resources and address opportunities, including adding staff, where they are most needed over a wide range of issues in the public interest," according to an announcement from the investigative nonprofit. "A … Read More
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After 7 years, a veteran of Chicago journalism is getting back in the game

As a journalism professor, Louise Kiernan often talks with her students about jobs. On Thursday, she talked with her investigative journalism class about her own new job in investigative journalism. Kiernan, an associate professor and head of the social justice and investigative program at Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, was named the first editor in chief of ProPublica … Read More
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ProPublica names Louise Kiernan first editor in chief of ProPublica Illinois

ProPublica Illinois announced Louise Kiernan as its first editor in chief on Tuesday. Kiernan, who worked at the Chicago Tribune for 18 years, comes to ProPublica's first regional project from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. There, she was an associate professor. At the Tribune, Kiernan was the lead reporter on a project that won the … Read More
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NPR has created a team devoted to covering President Trump's conflicts of interest

How have news organizations covered Donald Trump’s potential conflicts of interest? Very creatively, so far. The New York Times created a series of circular graphics showing how Trump’s business efforts potentially intertwine with the federal government. Buzzfeed logged more than 1,500 people and organizations connected to the Trump family and their advisers, which independent designer Kim Albrecht turned … Read More
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Environmental journalists have a new beat: Coping with climate disaster

As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Connecticut coast late October of 2012 and Gov. Dannel Malloy pled with residents to find high ground, reporter Neena Satija couldn’t shake one thought: “We are clearly not prepared for this." Sandy passed, and sheer luck spared the state the worst of its impacts. But did officials acknowledge the averted disaster? Not … Read More
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ProPublica isn't planning to expand past Illinois — yet.

Since announcing the creation of ProPublica Illinois, president Richard Tofel has heard from people in other states hoping the nonprofit investigative organization will set up shop in their cities, too. And it might. But first, they have to figure out the prairie state. ProPublica announced Wednesday the creation of ProPublica Illinois, the search for a Chicago-based editor and … Read More
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ProPublica expands to Chicago

Chicago politicians will have one more reason to look over their shoulders in 2017. The city's history of political corruption and high crime rates have long made it fertile territory for investigative reporting. Next year, investigative nonprofit ProPublica plans to capitalize on that opportunity by colonizing the city with its first regional expansion. ProPublica plans to open the expansion in … Read More
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ProPublica is seeing a surge in donations after John Oliver's Trump segment

Call it the John Oliver bump. On Sunday, the "Last Week Tonight" host wrapped up a segment on President-elect Donald Trump with an appeal to his audience: If you want good journalism, pay for it. "You need to support actual journalism by buying a subscription to outlets like The Times, The (Washington) Post, your local newspaper, or donate to … Read More
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On Election Day, ProPublica will lead a national team of real-time voting sleuths

Scott Klein is tired of sitting out Election Day. When November rolls around, ProPublica's newsroom of investigative reporters, data crunchers and social media wizards are usually left out of the excitement. As an organization typically given to longer-term work, ProPublica cedes Election Day to other journalists across the U.S. and focuses on what it does best: bombshell investigative stories. Klein, … Read More
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Comments are changing. Our commitment to audiences shouldn't.

Editor's note: Amanda Zamora, the Texas Tribune's chief audience officer, gave a version of this talk on Monday at 10UP, Poynter's summit marking 10 years of participatory journalism. Before joining the Texas Tribune, Zamora was ProPublica's senior engagement editor. One of the most rewarding — and at times, most humbling — parts about transitioning from digital storytelling into audience-driven … Read More
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The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday. The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper … Read More
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ProPublica's Sisi Wei on teaching journalists to code: It's 'just like learning a foreign language'

Sisi Wei's career as an investigative journalist and developer has been "both straightforward and crazy at the same time," she said. It's a path she figured out on her own, cobbling together design and graphics internships and jobs on her way to becoming a news apps developer at ProPublica. In a way, she's now helping other journalists do the same … Read More
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Running into a brick wall with your FOIA request? Take it public

When I’m having trouble getting public records from a government agency, I’ll often turn to my colleagues for advice or just to vent. But sometimes, you need to take your struggle public. That’s what New York City reporter Joaquin Sapien did last month. After spending nearly a year trying to get records from the city and exchanging more than 50 … Read More
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How NPR and ProPublica exposed America's unequal workers' compensation system

When ProPublica's Michael Grabell was a reporter at The Dallas Morning News, there were three kinds of phone calls he dreaded most. "Family law, V.A. cases and calls involving workers' compensation are impossible to sort out," he said. But as he finished a project about temporary workers injured on the job, he began to get comfortable with state databases … Read More
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