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Pair Programming Participant #1: Julius Troeger


Julius Troeger at work. (Scott Klein/ProPublica)

On Monday the first participant in the ProPublica Pair Programming Project started.

Julius Troeger currently works at the Berliner Morgenpost in Germany. He has been working in digital media for a long time, having founded an online magazine at the age of 15. His work at the Berliner Morgenpost focuses on multimedia and data, and has included an explanatory interactive about the Berlin city government that was a finalist for the GEN Data Journalism Awards, and a news application that visualized 1.5 million votes in that city election and let Berliners see the results in their own neighborhoods.

He's sitting in our Nerd Cube working on a very ambitious investigative news application for which he's been gathering data for a few months. When it publishes, Julius will contribute a post to the nerd blog explaining how he did it. He's also writing about his project (in German) on his personal blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @juliustroeger.

The ProPublica Pair Programming Project we call it "P5" is a new initiative we've started, thanks to a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that brings journalists from newsrooms around the country and the world who are starting to do interactive data applications inside their newsrooms but who could use the inspiration, support and and guidance of a large news apps team. While they're here, P5 participants will either work on a project they've been working on, or jump onto a project we've got in the works.

If you're a developer working solo or in a group that's just starting up and would like to code with us for a few days, send me a note. The application process is very easy. Simply fill out this online form.

Have a nice time!

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