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A Conversation with Minerva Graduate Student Jinhyeok Bang

Introducing Jin, a Master in Decision Analysis student.

March 20, 2024

This is part of a series of profiles introducing students from Minerva’s incoming Fall 2024 graduate class. If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit our website.

"Many assume they possess extensive knowledge, yet the reality might reveal a lack of depth in their understanding. Decisions of significant impact should not rest on unverified assumptions but rather be grounded in empirical evidence and informed insights."

Originally from South Korea, Jinhyeok (Jin) Bang started his career journey by studying mechanical engineering at one of the leading South Korean universities. Devoting two years to work as an engineer in the liquified natural gas (LNG) shipping industry, Jin decided to pivot his career to journalism in the hopes of contributing to a better society. This decision was largely influenced by the political landscape in South Korea at the time, seeing journalism as a powerful tool for change.

Despite his commendable success in journalism, marked by three awards, Jin encountered the inherent limitations and rigidities of the field. The necessity of nurturing close ties with power players, combined with the industry's aversion to change, highlighted a discord between his aspirations and the realities of the profession. This realization propelled him towards entrepreneurship, with a vision to revolutionize journalism through technology.

Embarking on a new quest, Jin dedicated two years to mastering programming at Ecole 42, a school renowned for its innovative and unconventional learning methods. Having gained practical skills needed for creating a start-up, Jin started bringing his ambitious project into life: developing an AI-driven real-time fact-checking service targeting political discourse, aiming to bring factual integrity back to the forefront of journalism.

Jin is excited to join Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program as a means to learning the skills to make informed decisions, leveraging the program's innovative educational approach and Forum’s active learning aspect. With a firm belief in the power of data-driven decisions, he is eager to apply these insights to his start-up, aiming to dismantle biases and restore objectivity in journalism. His journey reflects a deep-seated commitment to leveraging technology for societal benefit, embodying the essence of leadership that is not only informed but transformative.

By embracing the rigorous analytical framework offered by Minerva's Master in Decision Analysis program, Jin is poised to further refine his vision for a more transparent and truthful media landscape. His efforts to integrate AI into journalism not only aim to enhance the accuracy and reliability of information but also to rekindle public trust in the media. His journey underscores a profound commitment to social impact, one informed decision at a time.

Quick Facts

Name
Country
Class
Major

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

This is part of a series of profiles introducing students from Minerva’s incoming Fall 2024 graduate class. If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit our website.

"Many assume they possess extensive knowledge, yet the reality might reveal a lack of depth in their understanding. Decisions of significant impact should not rest on unverified assumptions but rather be grounded in empirical evidence and informed insights."

Originally from South Korea, Jinhyeok (Jin) Bang started his career journey by studying mechanical engineering at one of the leading South Korean universities. Devoting two years to work as an engineer in the liquified natural gas (LNG) shipping industry, Jin decided to pivot his career to journalism in the hopes of contributing to a better society. This decision was largely influenced by the political landscape in South Korea at the time, seeing journalism as a powerful tool for change.

Despite his commendable success in journalism, marked by three awards, Jin encountered the inherent limitations and rigidities of the field. The necessity of nurturing close ties with power players, combined with the industry's aversion to change, highlighted a discord between his aspirations and the realities of the profession. This realization propelled him towards entrepreneurship, with a vision to revolutionize journalism through technology.

Embarking on a new quest, Jin dedicated two years to mastering programming at Ecole 42, a school renowned for its innovative and unconventional learning methods. Having gained practical skills needed for creating a start-up, Jin started bringing his ambitious project into life: developing an AI-driven real-time fact-checking service targeting political discourse, aiming to bring factual integrity back to the forefront of journalism.

Jin is excited to join Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program as a means to learning the skills to make informed decisions, leveraging the program's innovative educational approach and Forum’s active learning aspect. With a firm belief in the power of data-driven decisions, he is eager to apply these insights to his start-up, aiming to dismantle biases and restore objectivity in journalism. His journey reflects a deep-seated commitment to leveraging technology for societal benefit, embodying the essence of leadership that is not only informed but transformative.

By embracing the rigorous analytical framework offered by Minerva's Master in Decision Analysis program, Jin is poised to further refine his vision for a more transparent and truthful media landscape. His efforts to integrate AI into journalism not only aim to enhance the accuracy and reliability of information but also to rekindle public trust in the media. His journey underscores a profound commitment to social impact, one informed decision at a time.