Frequently Asked Questions
What is ProPublica—and what’s its mission?
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom, based in Manhattan, that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our mission is to expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business and other institutions, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform.
Each story we publish is distributed in a manner designed to maximize impact. For example, we worked closely with the Los Angeles Times to produce a series about the failed oversight of California’s nurses and partnered with BuzzFeed on an in-depth article on HIV exposure laws. Most of our stories are offered free of charge for publication or broadcast. Our site also highlights investigative reporting produced by others (MuckReads). The idea is to make our site both a destination for our own journalism and a tool to promote good work in the field.
Our annual report for 2015 is here.
How are you funded?
We are funded almost entirely through donations; we do accept advertising and sometimes sell content. The Sandler Foundation made a major, multiyear commitment to fund ProPublica at its launch in 2008; it supplied less than 25% of our funding in 2015. We have received other philanthropic contributions as well.
Can I donate?
Yes, please. Click here to donate. Contributions are tax deductible in the U.S. to the extent permitted by law.
How much does all of this cost?
We have an annual budget of just over $13 million in 2016. Financial details can be found on our Reports page. We spend about 75 percent of our total expenses on news, compared with about 15 percent for leading newspapers and magazines.
You won the Pulitzer Prize, right?
Three, actually. We’ve won Pulitzer Prizes for Explanatory Reporting in 2016, National Reporting in 2011, and Investigative Reporting in 2010. See our Awards page for a full list of ProPublica’s honors.
Who works at ProPublica and how can I contact them?
Our news staff of about 50 includes reporters, editors and producers; there is also a small administrative staff. See the full list on our masthead.
How do I interview a ProPublica staffer, or book a ProPublica reporter for my radio/TV show?
Contact our director of public relations, Minhee Cho.
I have a story for you to cover. Where can I send it? What details should I include?
The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. A short summary of what you think needs attention is the best way to start. You’ll hear from us if we’d like to hear details or see documents.
I’m an editor. Who do I get in touch with about partnering on a story?
Please e-mail our director of public relations, Minhee Cho.
Can I republish one of your stories?
Yes. Unless otherwise noted, you can republish our articles and graphics (but not our photographs) for free. You just have to credit us and link to us, and you can’t edit our material or sell it separately. If you’re republishing online, you have to include all links. We’re licensed under Creative Commons, which provides the legal details. (The license says “no commercial use.” We’re fine with ads appearing on the same page as republished stories, but you can’t resell the stories or sell ads specifically targeted to them.) If you have questions, contact our president, Richard Tofel.
Are you hiring?
We do occasionally have openings—you’re welcome to check out our jobs page for the latest.
How about internships?
We have several paid internships, including specialized internships in computer-assisted reporting, news applications and research. Again, check our jobs page for the latest.
Do you have a code of conduct for your reporters and other employees?
Indeed, we do.
How can I request a correction?
Who runs ProPublica?
We have a governing Board, which has fiduciary responsibility for ProPublica, hires the management team, oversees its members and sets their pay. We also have a Journalism Advisory Board that provides editorial advice from time to time to our top editors. And we have a Business Advisory Council that advises primarily on questions of technology and other business issues.
None of these groups ever sees, or knows about, our stories before they are published.
Day to day, ProPublica is directed by Stephen Engelberg, editor-in-chief, and Dick Tofel, president.
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- Report to Stakeholders, January-April 2016 (PDF)
- 2015 Annual Report (PDF)
- Report to Stakeholders, May-August 2015 (PDF)
- Annual Report on Form 990, 2014 (PDF)
- 2014 Financial Statements for Pro Publica, Inc. (PDF)
- Report to Stakeholders, January-April 2015 (PDF)
- 2014 Annual Report (PDF)
- Report to Stakeholders, September 2014 (PDF)