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The Coral Project

Because journalism needs everyone

Our Mission

The Coral Project brings journalists and the communities they serve closer together through open-source tools and strategies. Our goals:

  • To increase public trust in journalism
  • To improve the diversity of voices and experiences in reporting
  • To make journalism stronger by making it more relevant to people’s lives
  • To create safer, more productive online dialog

    Because journalism needs everyone.

    We are a project of Vox Media, Inc. We were initially founded as a collaboration with the Mozilla Foundation, the New York Times and the Washington Post, with a grant from the Knight Foundation. We moved to Vox Media in 2019.

    And the name? Coral’s intricate reef systems protect shorelines and give cover for organisms to connect and evolve. Like coral, we create the structures that let communities thrive.

Our Team

Andrew Losowsky

Andrew Losowsky

Head of Project
I drink a lot of tea. Previously: The Huffington Post, News Corp, John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, Visiting Fellow at Yale's Information Society Project, various startups.
Kim Gardner

Kim Gardner

Director of Engineering
I’m passionate about methodologies and tools that create a respectful, productive, and fun environment. Most recently, I've worked at The New York Times, Shutterstock, my own startups and others.

Wyatt Johnson

Senior Engineer / Tech Lead
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.
Sam Hankins

Samantha Hankins

Senior Designer, Product
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 inclusion at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
A photo of Jessie Rushing

Jessie Rushing

Site Reliability and Integrations Engineer
I’ve run wholesale distribution companies, grown startups, and been an accountant. Previously I owned a software consulting practice, but that wasn’t technical enough, so I became a engineer. I love solving complex operational challenges with technology and if I’m not doing that, I’m probably out trail running.
Chi Vinh Le

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.
Nick Funk

Nick Funk

Full-Stack Developer
I'm a rendering engineer at heart, building 3D worlds and experiences. I've since transitioned into web development, where I aim to bring joy to anyone who uses the products I build. When I'm not slinging code, I'm cuddling with my dog or training hard to scale rock walls.

Background photos on the homepage by WOCinTechChat (CC-BY)