Sisi Wei is Co-Executive Director of OpenNews, where she envisions and executes transformative initiatives to help create a journalism industry that is more inclusive and equitable, especially for journalists of color and local journalists. Previously, she was the Assistant Managing Editor at ProPublica, during which she edited and managed news apps, graphics, visual investigations and large, interdisciplinary projects. Sisi has won numerous Malofiej, SND Digital and ONA awards, the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism, and the 2016 Data Journalism Award for Best Individual Portfolio. She has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, The New School and CUNY, and she is also the co-founder of Code with me, a high-impact, nonprofit workshop that teaches journalists how to code. She is based in New York City.
Sisi’s work on Source
- All About the New ProPublica Site
- How We Made “Money as a Weapons System”
- Getting a Job in Journalism Code
- Sisi Wei on Code with Me
Articles by Sisi
Setting boundaries so working on DEI doesn’t overwhelm my life
When working on diversity isn’t really a choice, what can we do to make sure we’re giving ourselves time to heal?Posted on
When working on diversity isn’t really a choice, what can we do to make sure we’re giving ourselves time to heal?
Journalists: If you’ve worked with others to change your newsroom, you’re probably an organizer
Three lessons I’ve learned about journalism, organizing, and how closely intertwined they arePosted on
Three lessons I’ve learned about journalism, organizing, and how closely intertwined they are.
Answering your questions on how to redesign brainstorming meetings
Meetings belong to participants, too: overcoming tech barriers and snackable next stepsPosted on
Meetings belong to participants, too: overcoming tech barriers and snackable next steps
Redesign your live meeting agenda doc with these templates
How to prioritize people who are participating on their own timePosted on
How to prioritize people who are participating on their own time
I’m redesigning brainstorming for asynchronous participation and I love it
Making effective meetings accessible to people not in the roomPosted on
When I worked in newsrooms, one of the most frequent complaints I heard was about needing to go to too many meetings and therefore not being able to get your work done. But the problem has never been with meetings themselves — but rather whether the people calling the meeting effectively used the time and placed real value on other people’s time.
Slack moderator structures should share power and guard against burnout
Focusing on logistics, emotional labor, welcome and support, safety, and membership reviewPosted on
Focusing on logistics, emotional labor, welcome and support, safety, and membership review
What kind of change could we create, if we truly came together?
Why the DEI Coalition Slack exists, and the truths about anti-racism and equity work that journalism needs to stop ignoring.Posted on
We heard repeatedly in 2020 that people wanted a space dedicated to anti-racism and equity work, where they could also share working knowledge and ask questions. So many people scattered across journalism organizations are already trying to make their newsrooms anti-racist and equitable — what kind of changes could we bring about if we worked together, shared knowledge together, took action together, and helped each other?
Watch Parties: Reaching New Audiences, and a New Place of Vulnerability
How we planned and ran the SRCCON 2020 Watch PartiesPosted on
How we planned and ran the SRCCON 2020 Watch Parties
Newsroom Execs and Managers: Ways to Uphold Your Diversity and Inclusivity Values During COVID-19
Here are a few practical strategies for thinking through tough decisions in an equitable and inclusive way.Posted on
Our values are even more important during a crisis. Here are a few practical strategies for thinking through tough decisions in an equitable and inclusive way.
Ten Years of ProPublica: a Q&A on Leading the Way
Sisi Wei and Ryann Grochowski Jones on the past and future of their work at ProPublicaPosted on
We spoke to two members of ProPublica’s leadership, about working, leading, and looking forward.
A Blind Application Process Might Be Easier Than You Think
A brief interview with SRCCON:WORK speaker Sisi WeiPosted on
SRCCON:WORK is coming up fast. In the run-up to the event, we’re publishing short interviews with the nine people selected to give talks to frame the participatory sections at the heart of the conference. First up is ProPublica’s Sisi Wei, who will speak about blind hiring processes
Just One Thing: A Year in Review, Part 3
Appreciation of usefulness and bar-raising at the end of a long, complicated yearPosted on
As we did last year, we’ve asked a couple of dozen people from all around the news-nerd community to tell us about one thing—article, feature, app, tool, or something else entirely—that they loved in 2015. This week, we’re publishing their responses, from interactives to project management software. We hope you find here at least one thing that eases your work, inspires new angles on your stories, and helps carry you through to 2016.
Getting a Job in Journalism Code
Two recent grads want to calm your job search fearsPosted on
Job hunting can be an intimidating process, especially for recent grads or people looking to break into a new field. The journalism tech community is a welcoming place for new faces and Sisi Wei and Jeremy B. Merrill want to help you overcome any fears and apply for jobs and internships in this growing and evolving field.
Creating Games for Journalism
Sisi Wei makes the case for newsgames and shows you how it’s donePosted on
Sisi Wei makes the case for newsgames and shows you how it’s done