Jennifer Choi Joins the News Integrity Initiative

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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The News Integrity Initiative at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has named Jennifer Choi its associate director for strategic partnerships, responsible for connecting with collaborators around the world, organizing events, and facilitating peer-to-peer learning and support for community-focused journalism.

Through grants, research, events, and other activities, NII is working to build public support for quality journalism and inclusive civic dialogue, while also investigating the roots of mistrust in news.

Choi has more than seven years of experience at the intersection of local news, community engagement, and philanthropy. Most recently as vice president and chief content officer for the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, she led a team of eight to design a roadmap for a 10-year strategic plan, featuring an emphasis on best practices for social justice philanthropy.

She also directed an $8 million civics, journalism and good government grants portfolio at the McCormick Foundation in Chicago. And she led an unprecedented effort to institute a racial equity lens for the foundation’s operations and grant making. 

“Jenny brings a wealth of experience, boundless energy, and creativity to NII,” said Molly de Aguiar, the Initiative’s managing director. “I especially admire her coalition-building skills as well as her advocacy for journalism that welcomes and fully represents all people in our communities.”

With the addition of Choi to the NII team, the Initiative expects to significantly expand its activities, including events and more hands-on support for grantees and partners, in 2018 and beyond. Dean Sarah Bartlett of the CUNY J-School added, “Molly and Jenny have the expertise and the vision to make this $14 million fund have a $50 million impact.”

About the News Integrity Initiative

The News Integrity Initiative is a project of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Foundation under the auspices of the school’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The fund is seeded with $14 million in grants from a coalition of partners, which include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund.

For more information, please visit:

Molly de Aguiar, Managing Director
News Integrity Initiative
Phone: 646-758-7790