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Jeremy B. Merrill

News Applications Developer

Jeremy B. Merrill is a news apps developer at ProPublica, concentrating mostly on Congress data and our Represent app. Before joining ProPublica, he worked at The New York Times, building tools for journalists and using computer code to report on political Facebook ads, trains and online legalese. Before that, he worked at ProPublica as a fellow.

Facebook Is Letting Job Advertisers Target Only Men

A review by ProPublica found that 15 employers in the past year, including Uber, have advertised jobs on Facebook exclusively to one sex, with many of the ads playing to stereotypes.

Why Am I Seeing This? Interesting Facebook Ads From Our Political Ad Collector

We’re highlighting examples from our Facebook political ad collection that are interesting because of how they’re targeted, what they say or how they can help explain how Facebook’s advertising system works — and how it can be gamed.

Besieged Facebook Says New Ad Limits Aren’t Response to Lawsuits

The social network is removing 5,000 options that regulators say enable advertisers to discriminate.

Updated: Facebook Political Ad Collector

See how political advertisers target you. Use this database to search for political ads based on who was meant to see them.

Facebook’s Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians

The social network is letting some political ads slip through without the required verification, while blocking promotional posts by news organizations, which are pushing back.

What Facebook’s New Political Ad System Misses

Facebook announced a new system to make political ads more transparent. It’s got holes.

How to Wrestle Your Data From Data Brokers, Silicon Valley — and Cambridge Analytica

It can be done but it’s not easy.

For Some Democrats, Facebook Likes Are a Path to Hard-to-Find Supporters

The Arizona special election campaign of Hiral Tipirneni targeted ads at people across the country who “liked” the pages of liberal icons.

What Is Congress Talking About?

We’re using data to track the things Congress talks a disproportionate amount about every week.

We Have Some Follow-Ups for Facebook — And We Want Your Help

Senators held Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to account today, grilling him while often citing our investigations. You can help keep Facebook accountable, too.

Lobbying Registration Database

It can seem like lobbyists run Washington from behind the scenes. But who they’re working for and what they’re lobbying on are not secrets. Use this database to keep an eye on what they’re up to.

Lobbying Database Reporting Recipe

We’ve made it easier to sift through thousands of lobbying registration disclosures. Here’s a guide for journalists, researchers and citizens looking for stories in the data.

More Machine Learning About Congress’ Priorities

We keep training machine learning models on Congress. Find out what this one learned about lawmakers’ top issues.

Chamber of Secrets: Teaching a Machine What Congress Cares About

Want to know what distinctive topics your members of Congress are concerned about? Represent’s got you covered.

Bulk Downloads of Congressional Data Now Available

Download information on every bill introduced in each session of Congress, in a single file, with our new bulk bill data set.

Keep an Eye On Your State’s Congressional Delegation

We’ve added new features to our Represent project, including full-text bill search, and a way to keep track of your state’s entire congressional delegation on one page. We’ve also got news about the Congress API.

Authenticating Email Using DKIM and ARC, or How We Analyzed the Kasowitz Emails

Last week we needed to authenticate some emails sent by the President’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. Here’s how we did it.

The Department of Labor’s Internships Investigations

In 2010, the Labor Department issued a new fact sheet clarifying when an intern needs to be paid under federal labor law. We collected the case files for all the internship investigations the Labor Department concluded in the three years after issuing new regulations.

How the Labor Department Has Let Companies Off the Hook for Unpaid Internships

Four years after warning for-profit companies about unpaid internships, the agency has investigated relatively few employers for wage violations.

Why Develop in the Newsroom?

If you’re a software developer looking to make more of a social impact with your talents, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to break into the field of journalism! But what’s it like?

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