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ProPublica Raises Funds for Internship Investigation

Should investigative journalists examine the state of internships in America?

The nonprofit newsroom ProPublica hopes to raise $22,000 on Kickstarter for a project “investigating the intern economy.” The funds will be used to cover travel expenses and hire an intern to oversee a microsite for sixteen weeks.

We’ve embedded a video about the project above–what do you think?

Here’s more about the project: “Who benefits most from these internships? What protections exist for interns who encounter discrimination or harassment? Are interns being fairly compensated? These are some of the questions we will tackle. We’ll use video, animations and graphics to tell the stories, and use new tools to make them interactive. You’ll be able to follow our journey on blogs and social media, in real-time — a new approach to investigative reporting.”

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