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How We Analyzed FEMA's Risk Maps

Data-Driven Journalism’s Secrets

I’ve spent the last few weeks in the U.S. on a Fellowship with the International Center for Journalists, talking to some American newsrooms about how they approach data-driven journalism. Here’s a bit about what I’ve learned.

Meet our New OpenNews Fellow

We’re excited to announce that Brian Jacobs will be ProPublica’s OpenNews fellow in 2014.

Announcing the Nonprofit Explorer API

Today’s update to Nonprofit Explorer also includes a free-to-use API that developers can use to access the data behind Nonprofit Explorer programmatically.

Technical Difficulties on iPhone and iPad App

We’re submitting a fix today for a startup crash on the ProPublica app for iPhone and iPad.

Why You Should Be our 2014 OpenNews Fellow (and Join the Epic Team of Awesome)

For the second year, the ProPublica News Applications desk has a unique opening for a ten-month-long fellowship as part of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews program.

Where Do “Good” Software Practices Fit Into News Applications

When building news apps, good software practices don't go out the window; but something else becomes more important — the content and the story.

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

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