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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:

  • Collaborates with the Journalism program on courses and programming
  • Teaches an Advanced Reporting course on investigative journalism for DePaul undergraduate seniors and graduate students, with resulting projects appearing on a variety of media platforms
  • Hosts guest speakers and events related to current issues and topics in the profession
  • Recognizes journalists whose work embodies integrity and excellence
  • Helps transition students into the journalism profession by serving as a liaison to media professionals
  • Facilitates internship opportunities with major news outlets

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.

Directors

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 Fellow

The Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence hosts journalists as visiting fellows in the college. The CJIE fellow teaches a journalism course and engages with students about relevant topics in the industry, which exposes students to new insights beyond the classroom.

2019 Fellow – Dan Sinker

Dan Sinker

Dan Sinker is the inaugural 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 ideas have been sought by leading newsrooms including the New York Times and the BBC.

As the director of OpenNews, an initiative incubated by Mozilla and funded by the Knight Foundation, Dan Sinker spent seven years helping journalists consider new approaches to technology. His teaching at DePaul will focus on innovation and ethics in journalism.

Past Initiatives

The DePaul Documentary Project (2003–2016)

DePaul Documentary Project

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.​

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