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​​​​​​​​​“I believe that real journalism is telling an uncomfortable story to an unwilling public because it’s the right thing to do. Not the marketable thing to do.” — Carol Marin, Co-Director of the CJIE

Now more than ever, media plays a critical role in our society. The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence (CJIE) promotes the highest ideals of journalism by preparing a new generation of journalists for careers in investigative reporting. Launched in 2016 by Carol Marin, Don Moseley and DePaul University’s College of Communication, the CJIE is a bridge between the academic and professional world.

The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence:

By learning from seasoned professionals and accessing Chicago’s vast resources, the CJIE empowers students to navigate a changing journalism industry with the principles of truth, accuracy, fairness and context.


The center is co-directed by reporter Carol Marin and producer Don Moseley. A longtime investigative reporting team, they have earned national recognition for their dedication to integrity in journalism, including multiple Peabody Awards.

​Visiting CJIE Fellows

The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence hosts journalists as visiting fellows in the college. CJIE fellows contribute to Advanced Reporting courses and engage with students about relevant topics in the industry, which exposes students to insights beyond the classroom.

Rachel Hinton CJIE Fellow
Rachel Hinton (CMN '17) is the newest fellow to join CJIE. Hinton is an enterprise reporter for the Better Government Association. Prior to this role she was the chief political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, where she started her career as intern. During her time at DePaul Hinton was a CJIE Advanced Reporting student and managing editor of The DePaulia.

Dan Sinker CJIE Fellow
Dan Sinker is a returning fellow of the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence. He is a journalist, entrepreneur, artist, designer and cultural critic who has spent his career at the cutting edge of cultural movements. His work is regularly published in The Atlantic, Esquire and The New York Times​.

Ben Welsh CJIE Fellow
Ben Welsh 
(CMN '04) is a returning fellow to CJIE. He is the editor of the LA Times Data and Graphics Department. At the Times, Welsh was a member of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. He is a former Advanced Reporting student and the inaugural recipient of the CJIE's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Past Initiatives

The DePaul Documentary Project (DDP) was an active initiative at DePaul University between 2003–2016. A precursor to the Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, the DDP gave interns an opportunity to go behind the scenes for both print and broadcast journalism to see how stories and news columns are developed and produced.

DDP interns provided valuable research for projects that appeared on NBC5 News and in Carol Marin's columns in the Chicago Sun-Times. Students also accompanied Carol Marin and Don Moseley in the field as they gathered facts for stories.

Past interns now have jobs in newspapers, television and public relations across the country. Much like the CJIE today, the DDP offered real-world experience in a professional setting that helped students reach their full potential as new journalists.