Ask

A form builder and submission manager built for journalism

What Newsrooms Say About Ask

  • "The Coral Project worked out spectacularly from our perspective. We received about 1,400 comments from readers, and our Ask pages were heavily trafficked. The submissions were respectful and thoughtful – exactly what we were hoping for."

    Jason Tuohey, Deputy Managing Editor, The Boston Globe

  • "We've used Ask to collect feedback, pitches, and other kinds of community interaction. It's intuitive, and genuinely informed by the needs of news organizations."

    Matt Unger, Chief Product Officer, News Deeply

  • "We were looking for an open source, privacy-focused replacement to Google Forms. Ask is accessible, easy to use, and helped us grow our newsletter audience by 25%."

    Michael Morisy, Chief Executive, MuckRock

  • Finalist, Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting

    The Spotlight Team at the Boston Globe used Ask several times to gather reader stories for their Pulitzer-nominated series on racism in Boston

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Create Smart Forms

No more clumsy Google Forms attached to personal accounts, or email inboxes filled with responses.

  • Build a form quickly and easily
  • Identify private information
  • Create flexible multiple-choice questions
  • Link to your privacy policy
  • Preview your form
  • Create a standalone link to your form
  • Generate a simple embed code
Want to learn more about how you can use Ask in your newsroom?

Manage Your Responses

Story management doesn't belong in a spreadsheet.

  • Track the latest responses via Slack
  • Tag the most helpful responses to follow up later
  • Bookmark the best stories and filter away the worst
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to manage high volumes of responses
  • Search for keywords and tags
  • Download submissions as a CSV file
  • Separate out personal information from submissions

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An example of Ask in use

Build a Gallery

Your engagement doesn't need to end there. In a few clicks, Ask lets you create a gallery of the best responses. It's an easy follow-up story — or put it next to the form to encourage more submissions.

  • Choose the best responses with a single click
  • Edit submissions while saving the original
  • Choose to keep respondents anonymous
  • Preview and embed the gallery as easily as the form

Flexible and Accessible

Ask forms and galleries should look like they belong on your site, and be accessible to everyone.

  • Fully responsive and accessible across devices
  • Form and gallery designs are fully customizable
  • API helps you build interactives based on responses
  • Also available as a WordPress plugin

A screenshot of Philly dot com's Dear President-Elect interactive using Ask

Ready to Install Ask Yourself?

Check our Technical Documentation by pressing the button below. (Or you can contact us to help with hosting and support)

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