Journalism in the Public Interest


Research Editor

Posted Sept. 12

ProPublica is looking for a top-notch researcher to help us dig deep into databases and ferret out obscure facts.

Our research editor will work closely with reporters to do everything from background sources to finding examples of kids who were injured by a pharmaceutical drug. The job also includes training staff in research, overseeing at least one full-time intern and a stable of freelance researchers, and maintaining and managing our various accounts for research databases.  The job is full-time and based in New York.

Applicants should have significant journalism experience and prior experience with the various databases and resources used in investigative newsrooms, including PACER, Accurint, and Lexis-Nexis.

If you are interested in applying, please email with the following:

  • A resume.
  • A letter laying out how you're a good fit. We are also open to the position involving editing. So please note any editing experience you have had.
  • Answer the following questions, which are examples of typical research requests:
    1. A reporter has heard that a CEO of a pharma company got a DUI somewhere in NJ in 2012 and he wants to confirm it.  What do you do?
    2. A reporter is looking into a doctor with a suspiciously high complication rate. He wants to look for all of the doctor's assets and to background everything you can learn about the doctor.  What do you do?
    3. A reporter is trying to get a copy of testimony made by an Alabama attorney before a Senate subcommittee in 1985, but she says it's not online.  Where do you look?
    4. A reporter wants to find an article that ran in a small-town newspaper in 2000. It's not in Nexis. What do you do?
    5. A reporter wants to find all lawsuits that can be possibly found against a payday loan company that has stores across the country.  What do you do?
    6. A reporter wants to find as many former employees of a specific division of a federal agency as possible.  What do you do?

We are looking to fill this job as quickly as we can, so please apply immediately. ProPublica is committed to diversity, and we especially encourage members of underrepresented communities to apply.

News Applications Fellow

We’re looking for the a Fellow to work with ProPublica’s world-class news applications desk.

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.

How to apply: Send a resume and a list of your project URLs to me -- You can ask me questions, too. Deadline is this Friday, August 29th. The fellow will start mid-September.

Temporary Communications Assistant

(Mid-November 2014 – end of February 2015)

This is a full-time, temporary position to fill in for a maternity leave, reporting to the communications manager.

Job duties will include:

    Writing and sending article pitches to media outlets
  • Coding and sending daily newsletters and clip reports
  • Coordinating and booking interviews
  • Proofreading journalism awards entries and entering them into online systems
  • Assisting with copying/mailing of print awards entries
  • Other communications tasks as needed

Required skills:

  • Excellent writing/proofreading skills
  • Basic knowledge of HTML
  • Experience with graphic design/photo editing with Adobe CS software
  • Comfort working with CRMs
  • Knowledge of/interest in current events/media

Pay: $800/week

Location: One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10006

To apply: Send resume to, along with a note about what you bring to the table. Deadline for applications is Oct. 10, 2014. ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply.


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