The mission of ProPublica’s diversity efforts is twofold. First, to ensure that our work reflects the communities we cover, and our staff the population of the country we serve. Second, to enable groups of people underrepresented in journalism to thrive at ProPublica as well as the profession as a whole. Knowing that a diversity of perspectives and voices is necessary for any truly great enterprise, we aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all current and future ProPublicans.
ProPublica is committed to increasing the diversity of our workplace as well as of the journalism community more broadly, and each year we publish a report of what we’re doing about it. Here are our past reports, from 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2015.
Here are some of our external efforts to increase diversity in the journalism community. Details on how to participate can be found in the links below. You can read more about our internal efforts, including on hiring and retention, in our annual diversity report.
Our scholarship program helps students attend journalism conferences, providing stipends to offset travel and registration costs and to increase access to these events for those who otherwise would be unable to attend. We especially encourage students from an underrepresented group to apply. Find out more about the program and meet our most recent class.
This program provides stipends and mentorship to five students who have demonstrated financial need, and we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds. It includes $9,000 and trips to ProPublica’s New York office and a journalism conference. Learn more about the program and meet our most recent class.
The Data Institute
The two-week, all-expenses-paid intensive workshop teaches journalists data, design and coding skills. This program is now run by the Ida B. Wells Society. Given the uncertainty surrounding group events and travel, no date for the 2020 workshop has been set.
ONA Diversity Breakfast
The annual breakfast at the ONA conference facilitated by ProPublica pairs managing editors, executive editors and other leading professionals in the industry with journalists from underrepresented communities. In 2020, the conference is going virtual, and the breakfast will also take on a virtual form. Stay tuned for more details.
Jobs and Fellowships
You can also sign up to be notified when there’s an opening for a job, internship or fellowship below: