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 30 newsrooms around the world. 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 was founded as 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. Our current funders are The Democracy Fund, the Rita Allen Foundation, and Mozilla.
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.
Wyatt Johnson, Lead Engineer
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.
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.
Samantha Hankins, Lead 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sydette Harry, Editor at Large
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.
Dan Sinker, Project Advisor/Head of 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.
Katharina Borchert, Project Advisor/Chief Innovation Officer at Mozilla
I serve as the senior executive broadly responsible for fostering Mozilla’s culture of open innovation. My background includes more than a decade of new business growth and technological innovation in media and journalism, most recently as CEO at Spiegel Online.
Greg Barber, Project Advisor/Director of Digital News Projects at The Washington Post
I’ve made a career of startups within news organizations. My work is focused on interactivity, personalization, and news games as Director of Digital News Projects at The Washington Post.
Julia B. Chan, Project Advisor/Director of Audience at Mother Jones
I’m Director of Audience at Mother Jones, where I lead digital and engagement projects. I was previously Digital Editor at The Center for Investigative Reporting. I serve on AAJA’s national governing board and founded Journalists of Color, a global community of digitally savvy and diverse journalists.
Marc Lavallee, Project Advisor/Head of Story[X] at The New York Times
I’m an executive director at The New York Times, and the head of Story[X], the newsroom’s research and development group. Prior to joining The Times in 2011, I worked at NPR, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and National Journal.