New Public Integrity website shines a light on inequalities – Center for Public Integrity

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The Center for Public Integrity has a new website, redesigned to continue our mission of using investigative journalism to tackle inequality in the United States, featuring audio storytelling and multimedia in addition to our long-running investigations, and adopt the most recent mobile. and accessibility standards.

“After nearly a year of thoughtful design work and public engagement, we are proud to unveil a new website that is clean, accessible, intuitive and easy to navigate, and that showcases our best survey projects and collaboration in the spotlight they deserve. Said Lisa Yanick Litwiller, Director of Public Public Integrity. “As we continue to share new ways to connect with readers, such as audio versions of our stories or special newsletters, our new website is designed to grow with us. ”

Public Integrity is one of the oldest nonprofit news organizations in the country. When work began on a new site last year, one of editor-in-chief Janeen Jones’ priorities was to preserve access to important past journalism, including projects that won the Pulitzer Prize. and inquiries considered definitive on vital matters.

At the same time, Jones, who was appointed to the Institute for Nonprofit News Emerging Leaders Council last year with the redesign as an area of ​​focus, wanted the site to better reflect Public Integrity’s evolution towards a research on inequalities.

The new site distinguishes between long-running surveys, faster story updates and a growing presentation of journalism in audio, multimedia and Spanish-language formats. Readers can learn more about our people, our mission and what guides our work by accessing our new “About Us” section.

Jones, who joined Public Integrity two years ago after a career with the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Politico and newspapers like the York (Pa.) Daily Record and Asbury Park (NJ) Press, has Redesigned the layout of the articles to provide a more immersive experience for readers and improved site navigation.

Collaborations with readers and other journalistic organizations, including datasets, documents and toolkits that can be used to locate our investigations or take action in connection with them, are all highlighted. on the new public integrity homepage.

To launch the redesigned, more user-friendly website, Public Integrity used Newspack, a WordPress platform designed for news organizations like us and with support from the Knight Foundation and the Google News Initiative. Newspack websites are mobile friendly and incorporate best practices in accessibility.

To better understand how accessible the site and our work is to people with disabilities, Jones was awarded a $ 5,000 grant from the INN to evaluate and make further improvements.

The redesigned site also features new ways to donate to Public Integrity, which accepts no advertising or reader fees and relies on the support of people who care about the mission. Among the accepted payment methods, readers can use cryptocurrency to support the integrity of the public here on our site through The Giving Block, a blockchain solution that is used by over 1,000 nonprofits, universities and faith-based organizations.

Public Integrity’s reports have led to hundreds of law and policy changes, forced federal and state agencies to disclose information critical to the public interest, held companies accountable for abuses of power, and were rewarded by the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards. .

During the pandemic, we released secret documents from Trump’s White House on the spread of the pandemic during a critical six-month period. Local journalists and public health officials have turned to Public Integrity’s weekly data articles to guide their own response to COVID-19.

Among other recent projects:

  • Cheated at Work, an investigation into repeated wage thefts by employers and weak federal sanctions that fail to stop it.
  • Criminalizing Kids, an investigation into the disproportionate impact of police presence in schools on children of color and students with disabilities.
  • Barriers to the Ballot Box, an overview of 50 states on voting rights and access and the creation of an eight-year data set on polling station closures that was a finalist for the Toner Award of Excellence in political reporting.
  • Hidden Epidemics, an overview of the consequences of climate change on the health of vulnerable communities and the government’s lack of preparedness to respond to it.
  • And Hidden Hardships, an investigation into the extent to which immigrants produce the country’s food supply but have been excluded from the health and economic protections of COVID-19.

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Daniel L. Vasquez