Jin Ding will lead the Public Integrity staff, which is now overwhelmingly made up of people of color – Center for Public Integrity

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Jin Ding, a veteran fundraiser in journalism, has joined the Center for Public Integrity’s leadership team as chief of staff, part of a hiring strategy that has transformed one of the oldest halls investigative writing into an organization whose staff is overwhelmingly people of color.

Jin Ding

Public Integrity’s transformation is part of a deliberate culture shift designed to create journalism that connects with diverse communities and resonates with young audiences who are the future of journalism, said Paul Cheung, CEO of Public Integrity.

“We are building a culture of journalism that is done in partnership with the communities we cover. I’m confident that’s where our next Pulitzer will come from,” Cheung said.

Ding comes to Public Integrity from the Associated Press, where they co-managed AP’s fundraising efforts and nurtured relationships with funders. Last year at the AP, Jin raised over $3 million for inclusive journalism, education, climate, and investigative journalism and managed donor relations with various editorial departments across the board. the PA.

Ding is also the current vice president-elect of finance for the Asian American Journalists Association, where they work with the association’s executive director and chief financial officer on a range of financial controls such as fundraising policies. to establish annual budgets for endowment planning. Prior to AP, Jin managed a portfolio of journalism fellowships at the International Women’s Media Foundation and was a communications and inclusion manager at the Pulitzer Center and a research and marketing analyst for NBC Sports.

“I mapped out pathways for news outlets to better understand their audiences, leverage diverse perspectives, strengthen resource pipelines, and empower communities,” Ding said. “I am honored to join an inclusive newsroom that is addressing issues of inequality in the United States through powerful investigative journalism.”

Two decades of diversity initiatives in the news industry have had mixed results, with many journalists of color reporting that being hired hasn’t changed the top-down culture that undervalued their experience. Cheung — the child of immigrants who operated a Chinese restaurant in the New York area — is determined to do things differently.

Public Integrity won the Pulitzers in 2014 and 2017, and its investigative reporting has had a huge impact, including numerous changes in legislation and government and business policies. With the latest hires, people of color make up more than half of the organization’s entire staff and newsroom and 37% of management. Women make up more than 70% of managers. In 2016, Public Integrity’s staff was 85% white.

“Witnessing Public Integrity’s culture change gives me a strong sense of optimism about the future of journalism,” said Ashley Clarke, Public Engagement Editor, Staff Diversity Committee Co-Chair of Public Integrity and elected representative of the Public Integrity union. “I feel honored to be part of an organization that not only sees the value in hiring journalists from diverse backgrounds, but also sees the value in investing in us and ensuring that we are represented in leadership roles.”

Founded in 1989, Public Integrity is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigating the systems and circumstances that contribute to inequality in the United States. Last year, the organization received wide recognition for investigations such as Hidden Epidemics, a series that revealed the unequal impact of climate change on communities, and Hidden Hardships, which showed how migrant farm workers who produce the country’s food supply have been unable to access COVID-19 economic and health protections.

The new season of Public Integrity’s Ambie Award-winning podcast “The Heist” confronts an age-old injustice: the spread of the huge wealth gap between black and white Americans, and how a tenacious and enterprising woman from Iowa fights back using the tools of the banking systems that have helped perpetuate it.


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