New York’s ProPublica is giving investigative journalism a new life online

xposing the corruption behind Big Ribbon


It won’t come as a surprise to learn that the future of journalism isn’t looking so great. And nowhere has that sting been felt more severely than in investigative journalism, the kind of months-long deep dives that require equally deep pockets.

Founded in 2007, New York-headquartered ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom seeking to counter the losses to investigative journalism.

With fewer than 40 journalists, ProPublica has won a slew of awards – in 2010 they became the first online news source to nab the Pulitzer Prize – and has created remarkable tools such as Dollars for Docs, allowing users to find out if their doctor has received money from pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Last week, the company announced it has raised $2.2 million in funding from The Knight Foundation.

ProPublica will use the funds to expand their Get Involved platform and improve their audience engagement tools. They will also launch a two-week training program in data journalism to 12 people through the Knight-ProPublica Summer Institute next year.

“From our inception, two things have distinguished our journalism: our focus on deep, investigative reporting and our use of data to explain how systems meant to serve the public can often fall short,” editor Amanda Zamora wrote. “We employ classic investigative reporting and big data techniques to both expose problems and illuminate potential remedies.”

ProPublica is also hiring for four open positions, in social media, UX, development, and more. Get all the details here.

Now go forth (and go deep).