In a fellowship-meets-hackathon type model that aims to grow the pool of people doing news application development in U.S. newsrooms, ProPublica is inviting news developers into their offices for a few days each month. The program is called ProPublica’s Pair Programming Project — P5 for short — and applications are open now.
P5 will accept one resident per month to go to New York City for an opportunity to work with some of the best news apps developers in the business. They’ve won two Pulitzer prizes for their reporting, both of which had heavily data-involved and interactive storytelling attached.
People who are already proficient programmers and are working at a news organization are preferred for the program. Though there will be some learning and mentorship involved, this residency isn’t for you if you don’t already know how to code. If you don’t have your own project in mind, worry not — you can work on one of ProPublica’s projects.
If you’re interested, you can get more information on ProPublica’s site. If your skills aren’t up to snuff, maybe think about nudging a traditional engineer or IT person in your newsroom to apply.
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