MSM|October 19, 2011| Author: James Johnson|Tags:

Daniel Victor Joining ProPublica As Social Media Editor

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ProPublica on Tuesday announced that Daniel Victor is joining their investigative newsroom as the company’s new social media editor. Daniel will join the team in November.

Victor is an accomplished editor who helped launch Philly.com’s hyperlocal site and he currently serves as that sites aggregation strategist.

At ProPublica Daniel will be responsible for growing their crowdsourcing platform and social media efforts. Daniel will replace Amanda Michel who is leaving the site to work for the Guardian U.S.

Before his time at Philly.com Victor worked for TBD.com as a community engagement member where he also worked with crowdsourcing efforts while building the sites network of local blogs.  Daniel has also worked as a reporter for the Patriot-News (Harrisburg) and the Centre Daily Times.

Daniel earned his degree in journalism from Penn State.

Speaking about their teams new addition ProPublica managing editor Stephen Engelberg said:

“We’re very pleased to have Daniel on board as our social media editor,” while adding, “His background makes him well-suited to continue to develop our social media presence to ensure that our investigations reach the right people and have impact. And he will be instrumental in connecting our work to audiences that care deeply about the stories we’re working on and getting them to get involved with our reporting.”

Victor said of his role at the non-profit newsroom:

“ProPublica has been a leader in recognizing how journalists can use social concepts to strengthen their work, and I’ve admired their efforts from afar,” and “They’ve already demonstrated that readers can play a crucial part in investigations, and I’ll advocate the same while introducing some new ideas. Readers have a lot to offer when journalists think to ask.”

After becoming the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year it will be interesting to see what other journalists and editors jump at a chance to work with the news agency.