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What $50,000 Could Buy for ProPublica

Journalism that makes a difference is expensive. Which is why for the rest of December, we're aiming to raise an additional $50,000 online (and through small donations) with the help of readers like you. What can $50,000 buy? Here are a just a few things at $50,000 that help keep our newsroom going. Can you help?

Three interns for six months each

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ProPublica interns report on everything from drones to voter ID laws and the fact that the Department of Homeland Security has spent $430 million on radios its employees don’t know how to use.

Managing our Twitter feed for a year

@ProPublica reaches more than 172,000 Twitter followers and counting.

And our Facebook page for a year

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We don't just post stories on our Facebook page. We build communities like our Patient Harm group, a place where over 1,300 people concerned about medical safety issues — patients, families providers and journalists — can connect, share their stories and learn.

Travel costs for our news staff for two months

Which we needed to tell the story of Oscar, pictured here. In 1982, he watched a Guatemalan army massacre nearly his entire village. A commando in the group raised Oscar as his own. And nearly three decades later, he discovered his biological father was still alive — and that he was the key to justice for one of the deadliest massacres of the Guatemalan civil war.

All the photos we publish in a year

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Like this one of Oscar and his biological father reuniting at Newark Airport for the first time in 30 years. You can explore Oscar's story in this slideshow.

Hosting costs for our website

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This year, ProPublica won its second Online News Association award for general excellence. Here's part of our News Applications team, with their awards.

Five months of records and database research

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This year, such research powered a story on the risky, sometimes deadly tower climbing industry. Liz Day, our director of research, spent 14 months researching cell tower safety in partnership with FRONTLINE, filing over 200 FOIAs and combing through thousands of pages of public records.

This man died after falling off a tower while working on an AT&T project.

Freelance reporting for a year

Our freelancers produce stories like All The Missing Horses, an investigation into the thousands of wild horses that disappeared after the government sold them to a Colorado man who supports the horse slaughter industry.

Making one of our news applications

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You can help support news apps like Free The Files, a crowdsourcing project that helped reveal who was behind nearly 15,000 political ad buys in the 2012 election.

Sending our email newsletter for a year

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Our newsletter keeps nearly 59,000 subscribers in the know about our latest investigations. You can sign up here.

Can you help?

Every dollar counts. So donate to ProPublica today by filling out the form at the top right of this page, and help us continue to create journalism that makes a difference.

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