The 3 Pillars of a Strong News Company - Poynter Institute

About This Session:

Hiring, retention and promotion are important for healthy news organizations. A diverse workforce will serve diverse audiences and that’s essential to business and journalism success. We’ll explore how to keep the hiring pipeline flowing.

As director of training and diversity at Poynter, Doris Truong is responsible for overseeing in-person training — at the institute and in newsrooms — as well as online courses. She also is responsible for a diversity portfolio that includes helping newsrooms better cover their communities and providing the resources to recruit, retain and develop diverse journalists.

From 2013 to 2018, Truong was a homepage editor at The Washington Post. She drove the direction of on weekends, directed breaking-news coverage and used analytics to respond to real-time trends. She worked on all platforms at The Post over the course of nearly 15 years and is versed in journalism distributed on tablets, by push alerts and through email newsletters. She contributed to Pulitzer-winning projects including the Jack Abramoff investigative package and coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre. Before The Post, she was a copy editor at The Dallas Morning News.

She is a former national president of the Asian American Journalists Association and past vice president of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. Under her leadership, AAJA updated the “Handbook for Covering Asian America” in 2012. She was awarded the 2014 Spirit of Diversity Award from Wayne State University and received the American Copy Editors Society’s Robinson Prize in 2013. She is a member of AAJA’s MediaWatch committee and is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She is an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund and the Maynard Media Institute, and is a past board member of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

Away from the office, she is likely to be collecting passport stamps or trying a new cooking technique at home. Find her at @doristruong on Twitter  and  Instagram. 

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