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News Applications Fellow

We’re looking for a Fellow to work on ProPublica’s news applications desk starting this fall.

You’ll work side-by-side with the best newsroom developers on the planet on some of the biggest and most innovative projects in investigative and data journalism. You will leave here a better journalist, a better designer and a better developer.

To be a great news app developer requires design talent, coding acumen and a journalist’s judgment. The ideal Fellow will have demonstrated both an aptitude for and curiosity about at least two of these. You’ll leave here with all three. It’s a great fellowship for a coder who’s civic-minded and interested in working on journalistic problems and data sets, a j-school grad with coding skills who wants to tell stories with code, or a visual journalist who wants to work on large scale interactive databases.

What matters most to us are your project URLs, not whether you have a specific degree (the team is a mix of humanities and journalism majors, in fact). We’re looking for somebody with pretty solid skills in Ruby, Javascript or Python. But more importantly, we want to see work that shows you’ve got a journalistic mindset. The term of art is “editorial judgment” and what we mean by that is this: You know a story when you see one, and you’re learning how to tell a story using code. Send us a few URLs of your best work. Student assignments are fine. If you’ve got just one really great project, that’s fine too. Quality counts more than quantity. Let us know exactly what part you played in the projects. Designer? Coder? Reporter? All/none of the above? Etc. Give us details. Also, send us your github account name.

The Fellowship lasts up to a year and is paid $800/wk with benefits. It’s full-time and requires that you work in our offices in New York City. Start date is around the end of August.

How to apply: Send a resume and a list of your project URLs to

ProPublica is committed to building a diverse workplace. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 


Research Internship

ProPublica is seeking a research intern to support the newsroom on investigative projects. The internship is full-time, based in New York and pays $700 a week.

The intern will work closely with the Director of Research, reporters and senior editors to help with ad hoc requests while also balancing longer term research projects the intern will manage.  Projects vary depending on newsroom needs, but the intern could work on tracking down former employees of a Fortune 500, calling states to get autopsy data, creating a newsroom guide for backgrounding people or finding examples of kids who were injured in a certain type of accident.  

Candidates should have some experience with or a strong enthusiasm for public records, databases such as LexisNexis and Pacer and FOIA requests. An ideal candidate has a meticulous attention to detail, a passion for digging and strong reporting skills.

Additionally, the intern will have the opportunity to work with ProPublica’s Social Media team on crowdsourcing and collaborative reporting projects, assisting with callouts, reporting recipes and research/verification of user-generated content. The intern could also pitch ideas to report and write shorter pieces for our website.

Interns at ProPublica have gone on to work at The New York Times, Reuters, PBS FRONTLINE, Bloomberg, NPR, Center for Public Integrity and the Chicago Tribune.

To apply, please send an email to [Subject Line: “Research Intern”] with your resume and a note explaining why you’d be a good fit.  Also, please describe how you’ve investigated a person, business or topic and what methods, databases or public records you used to do it. We’d love to see links to relevant work that shows your skills, as well as either a brief idea for an investigative story you’d like to research or a short description of how you would have researched a story published on ProPublica’s website.

Please also include how long you’d be able to work until, up to a year, and when you’d be available to start. No calls please.

ProPublica is committed to building a diverse workplace. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 

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