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If You Live In These Tax-Subsidized Buildings, You Are Entitled to a Rent Freeze

Search for your building to see if your landlord has been approved for the program and registered your building for rent stabilization, as required by law. If not, you may be paying more than you should.


Electionland: Monitoring Access to the Vote in Real Time

Covering access to the ballot and problems that prevent people from exercising their right to vote during the 2016 election.


How Are Elections Run in Your County?

One way to predict how the 2016 election will run is to look at how things went the last time we elected a president.


Election DataBot

This new tool, updated every 15 minutes, collects huge amounts of election data and reports the most interesting details, in real time, about campaign finance filings, congressional votes, polls, forecasts, Google search trends, and more.


Median Income Is Down,  But Public College Tuition Is Way Up

From 2000 to 2014, the average cost of in-state tuition and fees for public colleges in America rose 80 percent. During that same time period, the median American household income dropped by 7 percent.


What Percentage of Doctors at Your Hospital Take Drug, Device Payments?

Where a hospital is located makes a big difference in how many of its doctors take payments from drug and medical device companies. See how your state compares and look up your hospital.


Tax Avoidance Has a Heartbeat

Every year at dividend time, demand to borrow German stocks spikes.

A New Way to Keep an Eye on Who Represents You in Congress


A joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol. (Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

We’re launching a new interactive database that you can use to track congressional votes, bills and members.

Represent: Browse Lawmakers, Votes and Bills

You can browse the latest votes and bills, see how often lawmakers vote against their parties and compare voting records.

8 Tips on Getting a Newsroom Data Team Started


Part of ProPublica's news apps team. (Edwin Torres for ProPublica)


Updated Dollars for Docs

This release includes updated data, payments to teaching hospitals, and information about brand-name prescribing rates for some doctors.

Infographics in the Time of Cholera


This poster was published "by order of the Sanatory Committee" in New York City, during the cholera outbreak of 1849. (Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.)

In 1849, The New York Tribune published on its front page a line chart tracking the deaths in New York City from the cholera epidemic that summer. It used techniques that were at the bleeding edge of visual data journalism at the time. And it was forgotten until now.

Following the Money is Now Easier with FEC Itemizer


NYC’s Prevailing Wage Apartment Buildings

New York City biggest housing subsidy shells out $1.1 billion a year in property tax breaks to apartment and condo building owners. In return, they’re supposed to pay doormen, janitors and other service workers the “prevailing wage.” City officials provided this list of prevailing wage buildings after a public records request from ProPublica.


Hell and High Water

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

How We Made Hell and High Water


This image is really a database. It shows eight hours of a simulated hurricane hitting Southeast Texas. Water elevation and wind direction are encoded into the images’ red, green, blue and alpha channels.

Our interactive story includes a map with seven animated simulations depicting a large hurricane hitting the Houston-Galveston region.

Upgrading FEC Itemizer for the 2016 Campaign

We're making our interactive database of campaign finance filings more stable and adding new features.

Meet the New ProPublica Campaign Finance API, Same as the Old API


(David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty)


Renter Beware: Ten Ways Unscrupulous Landlords Cheat NYC Tenants

Here are the top 10 ways unscrupulous landlords take advantage of tenants, and what you can do about it.

Learn Data, Design and Code for Journalism. Apply for ProPublica’s Summer Data Institute. It’s Free!

ProPublica is proud to announce its first-ever Summer Data Institute, a free 10-day intensive workshop on how to use data, design and programming for journalism. The workshop will be from June 1st to June 15th in ProPublica's New York offices. The deadline to apply is March 31st.

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