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Scott, a deputy managing editor, has been at ProPublica since 2008. He directs a team of data journalists and reporter-programmers.

In addition to narrative stories, his team’s work takes the form of large interactive software projects called “news applications,” which make complex national statistics relevant to readers and their communities. The team’s news applications include Dollars for Docs, which lets readers see how much their doctors receive in payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and Electionland — the largest-ever collaborative journalism project around a single event — in which more than 1,100 journalists from around the U.S. used call center data and social media verification techniques to report about voting problems during the 2016 election.

His team’s awards include 12 Malofiej International Infographics Award medals, three Data Journalism Awards and more than 50 Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, including special recognition for “defining the design language of data-driven news apps.” A full list of their projects is at propublica.org/data.

Scott was also co-founder of DocumentCloud, a service that helps news organizations search, manage and present their source documents. He teaches Data Visualization at The New School’s Journalism+Design program and is on an advisory board for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Electionland: The Inside Story

A case study about our Electionland project was published today.

Introducing Vital Signs

We’re launching a project that puts the most important information from across all of our health care projects in one easy-to-use place.

2016: The Year in Visual and Interactive Storytelling

Sometimes words aren’t enough to tell a complex story. Here are some highlights from ProPublica’s visual and interactive stories this year.

There’s No Evidence Our Election Was Rigged

We had more than 1,000 people watching the vote on Election Day. If millions of people voted illegally, we would have seen some sign of it.

Taking Cues, and Some Projects, From Sunlight Labs

We’re taking over some projects from The Sunlight Foundation. Here’s why.

Monitoring the Vote With Electionland

Today we’re announcing a new project, aimed at monitoring the vote in real-time, nationwide. And you’re invited to join.

8 Tips on Getting a Newsroom Data Team Started

"Treat the team like a news desk and expect them to be journalists in everything they do,” and other tips from deputy managing editor Scott Klein.

Infographics in the Time of Cholera

In 1849, The New York Tribune published on its front page a line chart tracking the deaths in New York City from the cholera epidemic that summer. It used techniques that were at the bleeding edge of visual data journalism at the time. And it was forgotten until now.

About Hell and High Water

Houston is unprepared for the danger it faces as a city prone to hurricanes. Today we’re launching a new multimedia project about the region’s vulnerabilities and what’s at stake.

The 2015 ProPublica Year in Visual Storytelling

2015 marked ProPublica’s most ambitious year to date in visual and interactive storytelling. Here are some highlights from the year that was.

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The Stories of Everyday Lives, Hidden in Reams of Data

Data journalists use data to tell stories that help readers make better choices and live better lives.

Antebellum Data Journalism: Or, How Big Data Busted Abe Lincoln

An 1848 investigative news story that relied on heavy data analysis snared big fish, including two future presidents.

ProPublica News Applications Desk Receives Data Journalism Award

The Global Editors Network recognized ProPublica one of eight Data Journalism Awards, announced today in Barcelona.

A Conceptual Model for Interactive Databases in News

As part of a conference about archiving news applications, a group of journalists developed a framework to understand how interactive databases -- sometimes called news applications -- are made.

Introducing the ProPublica Data Store

Today we're launching a way to download and purchase our datasets.

How to Start Learning to Program

Meet our New OpenNews Fellow

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

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.

P5 Resident Aram Chung

This week’s P5 Resident is Aram Chung.
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