ProPublica Taps OffTheBus Vet

propublica03.05.jpgProPublica continues to forge into the digital age in a big way. The country’s largest newsroom dedicated exclusively to investigative journalism hired former OffTheBus director Amanda Michel as its editor of distributed reporting.

Michell will be tasked with finding creative ways to assist ProPublica’s investigative team using the Internet and crowd sourcing.

“Amanda will help us move our investigative journalism forward using approaches that were not possible just a few years ago,” editor-in-chief Paul Steiger said in a statement.

It’s the second defection from OffTheBus in recent weeks. Marc Cooper, who served as the site’s editorial director during the 2008 campaign, recently jumped to, an online digital news site started by The School of Journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication.

The full release is after the jump.

ProPublica Adds Amanda Michel to its Newsroom

New York, NY (March 3, 2009) — ProPublica today announced that former HuffPost’s OffTheBus Director Amanda Michel will join its investigative newsroom. Michel will become ProPublica’s Editor of Distributed Reporting.

In her new position, Michel will initially use crowd sourcing and collaborative journalism methods to report on the impact of the federal stimulus bill. She will also help integrate these newsgathering techniques into ProPublica’s other investigative efforts. Michel wrote about her experiences with OffTheBus here for the Columbia Journalism Review.

Paul E. Steiger, ProPublica’s CEO and Editor-in-Chief, said, “Amanda will help us move our investigative journalism forward using approaches that were not possible just a few years ago.”

“I’m honored to be working with ProPublica’s phenomenal team of journalists,” said Ms. Michel. “The investigative journalism that drives ProPublica will strengthen the development of networked reporting.”

Prior to her work as the Director of OffTheBus, Michel helped launch NewAssignment.Net’s first project Assignment Zero, served as the Director of Communications at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, was a co-founder of the New Organizing Institute and worked in various media, organizing and strategic roles for political campaigns.

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