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Blair Hickman

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Blair Hickman is ProPublica's community editor. Previously, she led online editorial and outreach strategy for Dowser Media. Prior to that, she was a multimedia assistant for the PBS series "Women, War & Peace" and a writer for Mediaite, focusing on news and emerging media. She's contributed content to a range of publications, including Jezebel, the New York Daily News and Patch. Hickman is a graduate of NYU's Journalism's Studio20 and Brown University's Nonfiction Writing program.


What We Learned Investigating Unpaid Internships

Though the intern economy remains opaque, dialogue about the role of interns in the labor force – and protections they deserve – is beginning to take shape.

The Best Reporting on Guns in America

In the wake of last week’s shooting, we’ve laid out the most revealing reporting about guns.

Big Banks, Business and Butter: Highlights From Our Q&A on Corporate Impunity

Reporter Jesse Eisinger offers his thoughts on the lack of white-collar prosecutions, journalism and the Green Bay Packers.

Interns Are Now Protected Against Sexual Harassment in NYC

Does this latest development to protect unpaid interns in New York point to a greater trend?

The Price of an Internship

Unpaid internships can help young workers advance their career goals. But they can also vary significantly in cost and quality. Explore college internship programs at different schools across the United States — or tell us about your experience interning for academic credit.

One J-School Internship Coordinator Says Paid Positions Have Dropped by Nearly Half

As part of our ongoing investigation into the role colleges and universities play in the intern economy, we spoke with an internship coordinator to learn more about the process of developing an internship program.

Roe V. Wade and Some of the Best Reporting on Abortion

Four decades after Roe v. Wade, a range of #MuckReads, #Longreads and explainers on abortion.

2013: The Year of the Intern?

Despite key court ruling and an upswing in legal challenges, many internship issues remain unresolved

Calculating ‘The Price of an Internship’

How much do you pay in tuition to take an internship? Here's how we calculate tuition share in "The Price of an Internship."

This One Doc Could Have Saved Medicare Millions in 2011

L.A. Dr. Hew Wah Quon is well-known for his heavily prescribing name-brand drugs over cheaper generics. Yet Medicare doesn't limit name-brand prescribing – and taxpayers are footing the bill.

How Medicare Could Save Millions

Sandberg’s Lean In Called For an Unpaid Intern – And That’s Apparently Legal

The nonprofit, which aims to empower women to achieve their goals, advertised online for an unpaid intern. And it was apparently legal for them to do so.

Meet Our Kickstarter Intern!

You helped us raise over $22,000 to hire an intern to help us investigate the intern economy. Now, help us welcome Casey McDermott.

How Unpaid Interns Aren’t Protected Against Sexual Harassment

It’s not just about a paycheck. Federal laws protecting workers against discrimination and sexual harassment often don’t apply to unpaid interns.

Nation Institute to Pay Interns Minimum Wage

Starting this fall, Nation Institute interns will now be paid minimum wage, instead of the current $150 a week stipend.

Coming Soon: Life and Death in Assisted Living

In the growing, multbillion dollar assisted living industry, is the push for profits trumping quality care? Check back Monday, July 29 for our new investigation with FRONTLINE.

Thank You, From the Bottom of Our Hearts

We did it!! Thanks to you, we reached our Kickstarter goal and raised $22,000 to hire an intern for the fall to help us cover the intern economy. Now, the fun really begins.

Kickstarter Lessons for Journalists

We're wrapping up our first-ever Kickstarter. Here's a bit about what we learned.

What’s Your Internship Story?

Share tweets and photos that capture your internship experience, past or present, with the hashtag #MyInternStory. We'll feature your responses on our site.

When Is It OK to Not Pay an Intern?

Is your unpaid summer internship illegal? A breakdown of the laws on working for free.
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