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Posts Tagged ‘Eric Umansky’

Robin Fields Named Managing Editor of ProPublica

ProPublica announced several changes today. Robin Fields has been promoted from senior editor to managing editor; Stephen Engelberg will move up to ProPublica’s editor-in-chief; Paul Steiger goes from EIC to executive chairman; and Eric Umansky has been tapped as assistant managing editor.

Fields has been with ProPublica since 2008. She was named a senior editor two years ago. Fields began her career at the Sun-Sentinel in Florida. Umansky, previously a senior editor, will report to Fields. He also began at ProPublica in 2008.

“From her first day here, Robin has been a dynamic force for ProPublica,” said Engelberg, in a statement. “Her reporting showed how adept she was at pulling complex stories together, and the time she’s spent as an editor shows her ability to connect with the staff and bring home award-winning caliber work. Robin’s passion and her quick wit have made her a pleasure to work with and we’re very proud and lucky to have her as our new managing editor.”

The various appointments take effect January 1, 2013.

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ProPublica Adds WaPo Veteran Amanda Zamora

ProPublica has named Amanda Zamora its new senior engagement editor. Zamora comes to ProPublica from The Washington Post, where she worked since 2003; most recently as national digital editor. Zamora is also a former Knight Digital Media Fellow and helped found the non-profit news site The Huffington Post Investigative Fund.

“We’re thrilled Amanda is joining us,” ProPublica’s senior editor, Eric Umansky, said. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to do not only ground-breaking reporting but to do it using all the tools the Internet offers, including social. Amanda will help us super-charge that effort.”

Zamora starts on August 6.

ProPublica Adds Investigative Reporter

ProPublica has added Justin Elliott to its team as an Investigative Reporter. Elliott comes to ProPublica from Salon, where he worked as a reporter covering all aspects of politics, from lobbying to campaign finances.

“Justin excels at the kind of hard-hitting and quick-paced journalism that’s a great fit for ProPublica,” said ProPublica senior editor Eric Umansky. “He’s a natural investigative reporter — and one who sees beyond the often-cited but false dichotomy between aggregation versus original reporting. Justin has done great work at Salon and elsewhere, and I’m thrilled he’s joining us.”

Knight Foundation Awards $5.1 Million To News Challenge Winners

documentcloud.pngYesterday, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the winners of its 2009 Knight News Challenge, which provides funding to innovative digital news projects submitted to the foundation.

This year, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $5.1 million in grants to nine new projects and 17 winners from the two previous years. The largest amount of funding — $719,500 — went to a project called DocumentCloud, a joint venture between The New York Times and ProPublica. Talking Points Memo is also joining in the collaboration, the company said yesterday.

According to the Knight Foundation, DocumentCloud will be “a Web site that will enhance investigative reporting by making source documents easy to find, share and read” by providing “an online database of documents contributed by a consortium of news organizations, watchdog groups and bloggers, and shared with the public at large.”

The project is led by Ben Koski and Aron Pilhofer of the Times and ProPublica’s Scott Klein and Eric Umansky (in the picture above). Today, Eric, Aron and Scott joined in an interactive chat on Poynter.org, explaining what DocumentCloud will be.

“Too many documents today still end up on the digital equivalent of the cutting room floor,” they said. “What documents journalists do post — and of course they increasingly do — they’re PDFs, a not particularly user-friendly format. DocumentCloud is meant to make each step along the way much easier, and moreover will make the documents more journalistically valuable by showing information about them and the relations between them.”

A full list of the winners and a description of their projects can be found here.

This is the third year that the Knight Foundation has held its News Challenge, and it has pledged to donate $25 million over 5 years.