ProPublica Paired Programming Project (P5)


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07/01/12 to 07/01/15
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  • New York, NY

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To support a rapid-response news applications team and associated training programs at ProPublica

ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalism non-profit, will expand its industry-leading work in data-driven news applications with $1.9 million in new support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. ProPublica’s team will provide more apps across a wide range of subjects, enabled by additional staff members and the continued presence of a reporting fellow. 

The funding also will create a job shadowing program for journalists from across the country.  One journalist per month will spend several days at ProPublica’s offices in New York, undertaking “paired programming” by developing a news application and learning best practices in the field.  

Participants will be chosen by a selection panel consisting of Dan Sinker, head of the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership, Clay Shirky, New York University professor and author, Scott Klein, editor of news applications at ProPublica, and Richard Tofel, ProPublica’s general manager.  Those interested in applying for the ProPublica Paired Programming Project (P5) can find details at and can submit their application to

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Richard Tofel

general manager

Richard Tofel is general manager of ProPublica, with responsibility for all of its non-journalism operations, including communications, legal, finance and budgeting and human resources. He was formerly the assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal and, earlier, an assistant managing editor of the paper, vice president, corporate communications for Dow Jones & Company, and an assistant general counsel of Dow Jones. Most recently, he served as vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Rockefeller Foundation, and earlier as president and chief operating officer of The International Freedom Center, a museum and cultural center that was planned for the World Trade Center site.

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