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Lena Groeger is a journalist/developer/designer at ProPublica, where she makes interactive graphics and other data-driven projects. She also teaches design and data visualization at The New School and CUNY. Before joining ProPublica in 2011, Groeger covered health and science at Scientific American and Wired magazine. She is particularly excited about the intersection of cognitive science and design, as well as creating graphics and news apps in the public interest.

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If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

More words won’t solve your design problem.

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.

Discrimination by Design

The many ways design decisions treat people unequally.

Looks Can Kill: The Deadly Results of Flawed Design

From automobiles to software, poorly designed products just might kill you.

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).

5 Things I Learned Making a Chart Out of Body Parts

The story behind a graphic on insurance that turned into an unlikely viral hit.

Too Human (Not) to Fail

How design keeps you from screwing up and prevents disaster when you do.

Announcing our Five NAHJ/NABJ Scholarship Recipients!

ProPublica will award scholarships to five journalism students to attend the NAHJ/NABJ Convention

Unsafe at Many Speeds

Your risk of getting killed by a car goes up with every mile per hour.

How Typography Can Save Your Life

What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot.

Tax Avoidance Has a Heartbeat

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

Wear Patterns: How What’s Missing Can Help Us See Data Better

What answers can we find by looking at data that appears in the real world as a byproduct of what has been “used up” or “worn down”? What can we tell from what’s left over?

How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain’s Blind Spots

Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it’s happening.

Students! ProPublica Wants to Pay for You to Attend NAHJ/NABJ: Apply Now!

We are proud to announce that for the first time ever, ProPublica is sponsoring need-based scholarships to attend the 2016 NABJ and NAHJ Annual Convention, to be held in Washington, D.C. this summer.

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.

We Blew $17 Billion in Afghanistan.  How Would You Have Spent It?

The U.S. government has wasted billions of dollars in Afghanistan, and until now, no one has added it all up. Project after project blundered ahead. And Congress has barely blinked as the financial toll has mounted. Here’s what the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found.

The Making of a Narco-terrorist

Five criminals in far-flung parts of the world, five D.E.A. sting operations, five dubious links between drugs and terror. Here’s how narco-terrorism cases are made.

Price Check: How Companies Value Body Parts

Benefits for the same body part can differ dramatically depending on which company you work for.

Homeschooling Regulations by State

Homeschooling has been legal throughout the United States for about 25 years, but regulations vary dramatically across the country. Use our map to compare how laws vary by state.
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