Industry leaders in law, technology, journalism and philanthropy join ProJourn advisory committee


On Wednesday, ProJourn, a Reporters Committee program with support from Microsoft, Davis Wright Tremaine, and the Knight Foundation, announced the establishment of a new advisory committee. The committee, composed of leaders across the technology, media, and legal industries, will provide strategic counsel for the program. Thomas R. Burke, a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, and Sima Sarrafan, assistant general counsel at Microsoft, will co-chair the committee.

“We created ProJourn to give journalists who cannot afford legal assistance pro bono support in the critical areas of pre-publication review and access to public records — and do so in a way that increases the number of trained lawyers,” said Sarrafan. “In convening this advisory committee, we bring together professionals with a broad range of skills and experience to help take ProJourn to the next level.”

Since its creation by Microsoft and Davis Wright as a pilot initiative, ProJourn has assisted news organizations and journalists with pre-publication review and public records access. Now operated as a program of the Reporters Committee, ProJourn has expanded its efforts to bring more law firms and corporate in-house counsel to scale its services and reach.

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