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Freelance Researcher Pool

ProPublica is inviting researchers to submit their names for our freelance researcher pool.

Our newsroom occasionally has research needs that exceed the capacity of our team, or that require a specialized set of skills. We rely on freelancers to fill that gap. Our freelance researchers may have the opportunity to be involved in projects like Trump Town, as well as a variety of stories across many different subjects. Freelance researchers are paid as independent contractors.

If you would like to be considered for potential future freelance research opportunities with ProPublica, please fill out the information form below and tell us a little about yourself. This is not a job application, and submitting your name does not guarantee that you will be called.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have a passion for digging through public records and filing FOIA requests.
  • Have language skills that would allow them to help find records abroad.
  • Are familiar with common research tools like LexisNexis and Pacer.
  • Can think creatively about approaching research questions.

We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply. There’s a place on the application for you to tell us more.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking active steps to meet this commitment. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If you’re interested, use this form to submit your name.

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