The Coral Project brings journalists and the communities they serve closer together.
We do this to raise public trust in journalism, to increase the diversity of voices and experiences reflected in news reporting, and to improve journalism by making it more relevant to people’s lives. Because journalism needs everyone.
We fulfill this mission through open-source tools and practices for newsrooms of all sizes. Our software is currently in use in more than a dozen newsrooms, with many more coming soon. We also run events, publish academic research and guides to best practices, and we share everything we do online, for free. We can’t do it without your help.
We have three open-source products that you can use:
- Ask - a form/gallery builder to collect, manage, and display user-generated contributions.
- Talk - a discussion space that is highly customizable, and designed for safety.
- Guides - methods to improve your online communities, whatever tools you use.
We want to talk to anyone who might be impacted by our work.
So far, we’ve interviewed more than 350 people in 150 newsrooms in 30 countries, as well as commenters, trolls, and people who never comment. We want to talk to you.
If you’d like to discuss how we can work together, please get in touch.
And the name? Coral’s intricate reef systems protect shorelines and give cover for organisms to connect and evolve. Like coral, we aim to create the structure to help communities thrive.
The Coral Project is a unique collaboration between the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
About the Team
Andrew Losowsky, Project Lead
I drink a lot of tea. Previously: The Huffington Post, News Corp, John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, start ups. Also currently: Adjunct in the Journalism+Design program at The New School in New York.
David Erwin, Lead Engineer
I’m an engineer with a penchant for product work. I was previously Lead Engineer at The New York Times, the CTO at Zap on Demand and a Project Leader at Telcordia. Currently: CTO of World Fit, a charity that seeks to end childhood obesity.
Kim Gardner, Project Manager
I’m passionate about methodologies and tools that create a respectful, productive, and fun environment. I’ve been a project manager at Shutterstock and The New York Times, and am currently working on Pigeon.io, which allows you to easily host your own email.
Sydette Harry, Community Lead
I am an avid internet commenter on anywhere that will give me a password. I’ve worked in cultural arts, tech and project curation, and my writing has been on Bitch.com, Salon, and The Toast.
Greg Barber, Head of Strategy and Partnerships
I’ve made a career of startups within news organizations. When not working with The Coral Project, I’m focused on interactivity, personalization, and news games as Director of Digital News Projects at The Washington Post.
Emma Grdina, Lead Designer
I’m interested in using design to create engaging online spaces that people look forward to visiting. Currently I work on the Digital Design team at The Washington Post.
Jeff Nelson, Integration Engineer
I’m a serial optimizer pushing towards a vision of computing without complexity. I’ve been a Software Engineer at Palantir and one of the co-founders of Blavity. I’m currently building real-time data management tools at Cinchapi.
Samantha Hankins, Designer
My design process and voice are grounded in my previous work in the hospitality, legal, and educational fields. Previously: building communities IRL around diversity and promoting inclusion at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
Gabriela Rodríguez, Full-Stack Developer
I’m an activist and hacker who loves the intersection between media and technology. I co-founded the non-profit DATA, which works with open data and transparency in South America. I grew up in Uruguay and now live in Portland, OR.
Riley Davis, Full-Stack Developer
I like building things. Formerly of Tumblr and the New York Times, creating data visualizations and general digital goods.
Belén Curcio, Front End Developer
I’m a software developer passionate about web technologies. If I can’t find a solution, I create it. In my free time, I like to contribute to open-source projects, explore tech communities, and solve Rubik’s Cubes.
Wyatt Johnson, Software Architect
I’m a full-stack software developer with a security-first mindset. I create backend systems that handle the data in a responsible and monitored way. For fun, I run and climb things.
Chi Vinh Le, Full-Stack Developer
I’m a Digital Nomad with a growth mindset and a passion for Software Architectures and Open-Source technologies. I also do improv and love languages.
Dan Sinker, Project Advisor, Head of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews
I am the director of OpenNews as well as a journalist, entrepreneur and maker based out of Chicago. I taught digital journalism at Columbia College Chicago, was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and founded and ran the magazine Punk Planet.