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Upton: A Web Scraping Framework

Today we’re releasing a new open source project, which will make web scraping easier by providing reusable components.

Transcribable: Free the Files to Go!

Today we’re releasing a new open source project, which will enable any organization with a DocumentCloud account to do crowdsourcing using documents.

Creating Games for Journalism

Our job as journalists is to inform the public. By using emotion and empathy, games allow us to inform readers in a new way—and one in which they both remember and understand.

P5 Resident Aram Chung

This week’s P5 Resident is Aram Chung.

Four Games that Tackle Serious Issues

Four examples of how news organizations might use games to help people understand — and act on — serious issues.

Simulations Let Readers Experience Stories for Themselves

Real-as-life simulation games can help readers understand the investigations we write about and the obstacles our sources face every day.

What News Nerds Can Learn from Game Nerds, Day One

What journalism can learn from games aimed for positive social impact.

Joanna Kao, P5 Resident

The sixth ProPublica P5 Resident is Joanna Kao.

Design Principles for News Apps & Graphics

How to apply classic design principles to your newfangled interactive graphics and apps.

News Applications Fellow

We’re looking for a News Applications Fellow to work with us starting this fall.

Resources for Investigating Tax-Exempt Organizations

In addition to our Nonprofit Explorer interactive database, here are some resources for researching charities and other tax-exempt organizations.

A Super-Simple Tool to Search Instagram by Time and Location

We wrote a little tool to search for Instagram photos taken at certain times and places

Tracking State Bills Takes a Village: The Legislature Tracker Gets Launched in N.Y.

The MinnPost's open source Legislature Project makes it easy for newsrooms and individuals to identify and keep track of bills. Welcome, New York edition.

Latest P5 Resident Working on Open Source Legislation Tracker

Our P5 Resident this month is Alan Palazzolo from MinnPost. He’s the fifth P5 Resident.

ProPublica Projects -- and P5 Projects -- Finalists for Data Journalism Awards

The Global Editors Network announced finalists for its 2013 Data Journalism Awards. On the shortlist are three projects from ProPublica and two projects from former Residents in our P5 Program.

HeartSaver: Experimenting with News Games to Tell a Story

HeartSaver, ProPublica's entry into the April 2013 GEN hack day, lets players steer New York City heart attack victims to the closest hospitals.

Meet the New Blog (Same as the Old Blog)

Today we debut a ProPublica Nerd Blog redesign, which includes a new look for our main landing page as well as our article pages. We wanted to create both a better reading experience, as well as to help you find what you're looking for more easily.

Heart of Nerd Darkness: Why Updating Dollars for Docs Was So Difficult

We updated Dollars for Docs last week. Why is updating it so difficult?

No Windows. One Exit. Free Drinks: Casino-Driven Design for Crowdsourcing

Casino-Driven Design, a technique we developed for Free the Files, cuts away all distraction and drives the user's attention toward staying focused on a single task.

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