The news industry's most provocative and most insightful experience 12 - 14 November 2014 •
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What is News Xchange?

Over two days, the News Xchange conference focuses on bright ideas, opportunities and challenges for the international news industry. News Xchange brings together 500 executives, journalists, presenters, bloggers and start-up entrepreneurs from all around the world to share, learn and cross-pollinate ideas with an array of fellow journalists, experts, scientists, artists and international thought leaders.

This year's NX blew me away. Everything from the amazing Dr. Hans Rosling showing us how much we don't know to a London street poet reminding us how to tell compelling stories about important social trends.News Xchange 2013 delegate


Here are last year's speakers. We will update the site with the 2014 speakers this summer!
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Hirofumi Abe

Producer, Current Affairs Program Division

He was born in 1978 in the city of Ichinomiya in Aichi Prefecture. He majored particle and astrophysical science at Graduate School of Science in Nagoya University, the same major of Dr. Kobayashi & Dr. Masukawa who were awarded 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics. After finishing the graduate school, he joined NHK as program producer in NHK Kanazawa office. He moved to Metropolitan Broadcasting Center at Tokyo HQ in 2008 and to Current Affairs Program Division in 2009. He produced variety of documentary programs from human story on Seiji Ozawa, the former principal conductor of the Vienna State Opera, to the special reports on Great East Japan Earthquake.


  • 1978 Born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 2004 Finished Master’s Program at Graduate School of Science in Nagoya University majoring particle and astrophysical science
  • 2004 Outside researcher of JAXA, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • 2004 Joined NHK, began his career as producer in NHK Kanazawa -2008 Producer, Metropolitan Broadcasting Center, NHK News Department
  • 2009 Producer, News Watch 9 (evening news program), NHK News Department
  • 2011 Producer, Current Affairs Program Division, NHK News Department

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Marjo Ahonen

Head of Strategy and Planning, News, Yle

Marjo has been with Yle for seven years. Before her present job she was working for the Yle News Department as Managing Editor. She has also worked for several commercial media houses in Finland including MTV3 and Sanoma Group. Some of her fondest memories are of the six years she worked as a journalist for the BBC World Service in London.

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Laila Ait Oujamaa

GlobalGirl Media Reporter

Laila Ait Oujamaa is a reporter with GlobalGirl Media, based in Morocco. In this work, Laila has covered a wide range of stories concerning women's issues, including a 30-minute documentary to be released November 25, 2013 entitled: "Breaking The Silence About Sexual Harassment: Moroccans Speak Out!" She was trained as a citizen journalist with GlobalGirl Media and the Institut Specialise du Cinema et de l'Audiovisuel in Rabat Morocco and is currently studying at the Ibn Zuhr University in Agadir, Morocco.  Besides video production, Laila is an avid photographer, poet and theater performer.  She joins NX for the first time this year, participating in the session on Freedom of Expression, where she will bring a candid view of what it is like to be a female reporter working in the country. 

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Gulnara Akhundova

Program Manager, International Media Support

Gulnara Akhundova is a media and project management expert with wide-ranging advocacy expertise. Akhundova has reported on and advocated for scores of Azerbaijani writers and journalists who have been censored, threatened, intimidated, unjustly prosecuted, imprisoned, attacked, blackmailed, or murdered. Akhundova has authored and co-authored a number of reports and research pieces on freedom of expression, freedom of the Internet and freedom of the media. The most recent publications include:  “Opinion 222: Implementation of Azerbaijan’s commitments to the Council of Europe in the field of fundamental freedoms ”, “Azerbaijan and the EU: A Policy Dilemma” and “False Freedom: Internet freedom in Azerbaijan after the 7th Internet Governance Forum”.

Akhundova is a member of the Expression Online Initiative, a groundbreaking coalition of freedom of expression organizations working to develop best practices and promote informed public dialogue for advancing internet access and freedom in Azerbaijan.

Akhundova specializes in strategic planning, new business development, and organizational management.

Akhundova is based in Baku and serves as program manager for International Media Support. In parallel, she provides strategic guidance to the Baku-based Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS) on shaping organizational strategy and designing advocacy campaigns.

Akhundova has served on panels at the international events, including European Broadcasting Union General Assembly and the UNAOC Global Forum, in  different cities of Europe and Eurasia—from Vienna to Baku.

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Christiane Amanpour

Host of “AMANPOUR” on CNN International

Christiane Amanpour is CNN's host of the nightly global affairs program “AMANPOUR” on CNN International, CNN Chief International Correspondent, and Global Affairs Anchor for ABC News.

Her illustrious career in journalism spans three decades. Amanpour has reported from every major world news event and hotspot, including Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, the Palestinian territories, Iran, Sudan, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, Egypt, Libya, throughout Europe and the United States.

She has interviewed most of the world’s top leaders, including Iranian Presidents Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Presidents of Afghanistan and Sudan, Prime Ministers and Presidents of Israel and Presidents of the Palestinian Authority, as well as Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring.

Amanpour has earned every major television journalism award including an inaugural Television Academy Honor, nine News and Documentary Emmy® Awards, four George Foster Peabody Awards, two George Polk Awards, three duPont-Columbia Awards, the Courage in Journalism Award, an Edward R. Murrow award, and a Giants of Broadcasting honor from the Library of American Broadcasting. She is a member of the board of directors for the Committee to Protect Journalists and a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), a citation bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007 for services to journalism.

Photo credit: Mark Hill/CNN

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David Banisar

Senior Legal Counsel for Article 19

David Banisar is Senior Legal Counsel for Article 19, Global Campaign for Free Expression in London. He leads the organisation’s efforts on transparency and access to information, focusing on the fields of development and environment. He has worked in the field of information policy for over 20 years and is the author of books, studies, and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression, media policy, whistleblowing, communications security, and privacy. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organizations including the Council of Europe, World Bank, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme and the Open Society Institute.

Previously he was Director of the FOI Project at Privacy International, and a co-founder and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has been a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Law, University of Leeds. He has a Juris Doctor in Law and Public Policy from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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Helena Bengtsson

Database editor, Sveriges Television

Helena Bengtsson, Sweden, is the database editor for the news and current affairs departments at Sveriges Television.

Since 1994, Bengtsson has been a researcher, assistant producer and projects editor with the network, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (Great Journalism Award) for, a website profiling every candidate in that season’s Swedish elections.

Photo credit: Rikard Westman,

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Philip Chetwynd

Global editor-in-chief at AFP

Phil was born in London on March 27, 1969 (he is 44). He grew up in South Africa and the United Kingdom, studying undergraduate at Bristol University and then postgraduate at Cardiff School of Journalism. He is a British citizen. He joined AFP in 1996 on the Middle East desk in Nicosia after working as a reporter for three years in British regional newspapers. In the ensuing 17 years he worked as an editor and senior manager in three AFP regions (Middle East, Europe and Asia) and spent two years as deputy bureau chief in Beijing. He has reported from nearly 20 countries as a special correspondent for AFP including trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, Israel, Mongolia and Yemen. He also spent two months in New York in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Between 2002 and 2012 he was based in Hong Kong first as news editor and then chief editor for Asia where he gained widespread experience in managing major global stories such as the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis, the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the complicated rise of China. He helped to set up AFP's first multimedia integrated newsroom in Hong Kong. He also also played a major role in setting up the video service in Asia and in shaping AFP’s sport, feature, lifestyle and specialist coverage. He was appointed global editor-in-chief based in Paris in October 2012.

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Madhav Chinnappa

Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google News & Magazines EMEA

Madhav Chinnappa joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions working in the Partnerships team. He has led on a number of product launches, including Google Play Magazines in the UK, Google Currents in a number of Europe countries and Google Consumer Surveys in the UK. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 - first in the launch team of Associated Press Television (APTV), a year in M&A at United News & Media and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Business Development & Rights.

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Sam Dubberley

News Xchange Executive Producer

Sam Dubberley has over ten years experience in broadcast news. He is a research fellow of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University working on the #ugctow project and the owner and director of Kishnish Media. He was head of the Eurovision News Exchange from 2010 to 2013, managing the world’s largest exchange of television news content. He was a bulletin editor for Bloomberg Television. Sam has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge, an MA with Distinction in Media and Communication from the University of Leicester, and is studying for an MBA at Koç University in Istanbul. He speaks French, German, Italian and Turkish.

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Hans Eriksson

CEO of Bambuser

10 years in the investment banking industry institutional sales of equities and derivatives. 2 years as equity fund manager in London. Ran Swedish social network Lunarstorm in Sweden as CEO to 2006 when the company was sold for 500MSEK. Lunarstorm had 90% of people below the age of 20 using it on a weekly basis. Worked as VP Nordics/Baltics/Russia for MySpace for two years where this region was the only one of the MySpace territories that grew in usage and revenues during that time.

In 2009 invested and started working as CEO of Bambuser. Bambuser has reached a worldwide audience with its service and has positioned itself as the preferred tool for citizen journalists around the world. Bambuser was used extensively among activists during the Arab Spring and the usage has spread to activists in all of Middle East. 90% of the live videos coming out from Syria today are shot with the Bambuser technology. Bambuser has a close relationship with Associated Press where Bambuser users can choose to share their videos with AP for global distribution.

Bambuser is widely used among companies, brands, insitiutions and more around the world. Prominent Swedish customers are Sveriges Radio, Aftonbladet, TV4, Swedish Foreign Office, Svenska Spel and more.

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Nakhle Elhage

Director of news, Al Arabiya at Middle East Broadcasting Corp

Since 2004, Nakhle Elhage has been News Director at Al Arabiya, a part of Middle East Broadcasting Corp. Al Arabiya is a 24-hour news channel with a global network of correspondents founded in 2003. Elhage was the first News Director of Arabian descent at a pan-Arabian satellite channel. At his appointment to Al Arabiya, Elhage established the department of Current Affairs and was responsible for the launching of 15 new programs.

Before Al Arabiya, in 2001, Elhage was appointed Editor-in-Chief at MBC Group, where he supervised the station’s move from London to Dubai in 2002.

Prior to his position at MBC, Elhage worked as a news writer, reporter and announcer at Radio Voice of Lebanon. Furthermore, he has been a war correspondent at the Lebanese public service network, Tele Liban.

Elhage graduated from Lebanese University in 1987 with a BA in Media. Also, he is a member of the World Economic Forum.

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Khazar Fatemi

Journalist and documentary filmmaker

Khazar Fatemi is a freelance journalist and an anchor and has been working for the last six years for Swedish Television and the news program Rapport and Aktuellt.

Through her travels she covers mainly international news and her focus is on the middlel east and woman and children. In addition to her work as a journalist, Khazar works as a documentary filmmaker and a speaker.

At News Xchange you will have the opportunity to see her movie on Friday, 15 November at 14:30.

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Melissa Fleming

Spokesperson for the High Commissioner, UNHCR

As Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), I lead all communications efforts around the globe and serves as chief spokesperson. Operating in 120 countries, UNHCR provides shelter and help for over 30 million people who have fled wars and persecution. In my role, I have introduced strategic communication planning designed to have more impact on the varied audiences, which include media, donors, governments and refugees themselves. I also direct global advocacy campaigns with a strong emphasis on social media. I joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where I served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of Public Information during the period the organisation made headlines for its inspection work in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. Prior to IAEA, I headed the Press and Information team at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and as a Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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Richard Evans

Sky News Journalist

Richard Evans joined Sky News in 2012 as a journalist working across its digital platforms. Prior to joining Sky, Richard was the Senior News Editor of Yahoo! UK & Ireland where he helped the audience grow to over 7 million users a month. Originally from Caerphilly, Wales, Richard graduated from university in Surrey with a degree in journalism after a stint playing squash for England.

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Tine Gotzsche

News anchor, DR

Tine Gøtzsche is a news anchor, TV-reporter, editor, commissioning editor and presenter for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). Her primary focus is international news, and she has been featured on live TV for national events, as well, including elections, state visits and events related to the Royal family.

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Ulrik Haagerup

News Director, DR

Ulrik Haagerup is the News Director of The National Danish Braodcasting, DR providng news for 85 percent of all Danes via TV, radio and digital platforms.


Born in 1963 he was 31 when he became editor-in-chief at Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, a regional newspaper, which in the late 90’es became the biggest national newspaper in Denmark with an international profile and strong focus on investigative journalism. He has worked as a consultant in leadership, strategy and media convergence in Europe and USA. From 2003 to 2007 he was editor-in-chief of NORDJYSKE Media as it became a world leader in cress media publishing.

Ulrik Haagerup is a John S. Knight Fellow from Stanford University, former chairman of the Institute of Journalism at the University of Odense, member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Counsil on the Future of Journalism, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington D.C,  the advisory board of The European Journalism Center in Maastricht and IFRA’s Newsplex project in South Carolina, USA.

In 1990 he received the Danish Equvalent of the Pulitzer, The Cavling. In 2004 he published his book “A Good Idea – Did You Get it?” on the need for innovation and change in a globalized world. As a frequent international speaker on leadership, strategy, change and innovation he introduced I 2008 the concept of Constructive News at DR and in Danish press and published a book in 2012 arguing for better journalism to the benefit of society. 

In 2012 he received the Order of the Dannebrog by the Danish Queen Margrethe II.

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Cem Hakverdi


Cem Hakverdi was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1982. He received his BA in Television Journalism from Bilgi University in 2008. Following his graduation, he joined Bilgi University as a teaching assistant. In 2012, he recieved his MA in cinema from Marmara University. At Bilgi, he supports video production courses. His current research focuses on “propaganda and popular cinema”. Further research interests include “discourse analysis” and “semiotics”. He has also worked on audio-visual projects as a film editor and director of photography. He is also studying for a Ph.D. in cinema.

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Jayar Jackson

Senior Producer at "The Young Turks"

Jayar Jackson is the Senior Producer for The Young Turks, the main political talk show on the TYT Online Network.  In addition to producing the online show, Jayar served as an on-air contributor to The Young Turks show on Current TV (now Al Jazeera America) for 2 years.  He had previous positions working in the sports department of the newspaper LA Daily News and Fox Sports in Los Angeles. After studying Broadcast Journalism at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he began his career as in intern with TYT in 2002.  While at USC, he was a part of the track and field team, running the 110M and 400M hurdles. 

With an original passion to broadcast sports, The Young Turks style of irreverent, but smart political talk caused him to add a passion for political analysis to his producing and broadcasting style.  As a sometimes dissenting voice to the Young Turks’ host Cenk Uygur, he has provided a dynamic that adds new layers to the already thoughtful discussions online viewers have grown to expect from TYT.

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Kirill Karnovich-Valua

Head of Online Projects, RT

Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), faculty of Journalism. Worked as a correspondent and author at documentary projects on REN-TV channel. Joined RT in 2006 as a broadcast journalist. Took over RT’s social media in 2009, leading it’s YouTube channel to a record 1 billion views. Since 2011 heads all online projects at RT English-language channel.

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Solana Larsen

Ganaging editor of Global Voices Online

Solana Larsen is the managing editor of Global Voices Online, a vast international community of bloggers and translators who report on citizen media and digital activism worldwide, advocate free speech globally, and help found new online media initiatives in seriously under-represented communities. Since 2006, Global Voices has been an outspoken proponent for collaborations between media, bloggers and online citizen journalists. Larsen has an MA in international journalism from City University in London, and was formerly an editor with the global politics website She taught online journalism in New York University's journalism department in 2006. She is a frequent speaker on international media, online citizen media, and the future of journalism.

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Bart Leferink

Deputy Editor in Chief, NOS News

Bart Leferink is Deputy Editor in Chief of the News department of the NOS*. He is responsable for the NOS’s news programs on television, radio and online and provides editorial, creative and managerial leadership for some 250 staff.

After graduating from college (Journalism) Bart started out his journalistic career at a local newspaper in Arnhem. After a stint at a regional public radio and television station he joined the NOS in 1995. There his first job was economics editor, first with the current affairs program on the national news station Radio 1, then with the flagship national news program on television, the NOS Journaal.

In 2008 he was appointed deputy Head of the National news department. Only one year later he became Head of the political department, based in The Hague, the seat of the Dutch government. On February 1, 2012, he returned to the NOS headquarters in Hilversum, now as Deputy Editor in Chief.

*NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Organization): provides news and sports programming on national public radio, television and online)

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Mark Little

Founder of Storyful

Mark Little is the founder of Storyful, the world’s first social media news agency.  He leads a team of journalists and technologists who discover and verify the most compelling content on platforms like YouTube and Twitter. His company works with the biggest news organizations and social networks in the world, including YouTube, ABC News and the New York Times.

Mark has more than two decades of experience in journalism. He was an award-winning foreign correspondent for the Irish national TV station RTE. He also presented the network’s top-rated current affairs programme, Prime Time, and was its first Washington correspondent. He has covered some of the biggest stories of our age, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the election of Barack Obama.

He has also written and presented documentary series about the changing face of American society and the global rise of Islam. He has written three books about world affairs including the number one bestseller ‘Turn Left at Greenland’.

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Sandy MacIntyre

Vice President of Global Video, AP

Sandy MacIntyre is AP’s Vice President of Global Video,  responsible for the strategic direction the agency is headed with video on all broadcast and digital platforms. MacIntyre leads a team of 300 video journalists around the globe and splits his time between the US and the UK. In a television career spanning three decades, MacIntyre has been a reporter, field producer, foreign editor and  eye-witness to the major news events that have shaped recent history. A native of Scotland, he is an alumni of Columbia University Journalism School’s Sulzberger Leadership Program.

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Tanja Malle

Austrian Broadcasting Corporation

Creating short segments and long features for Radio Ö1, one of the most successful cultural radio stations in Europe. I focus on South-Eastern Europe, Contemporary history,  European Integration and discovered the world of Investigative Reporting and Data Journalism lately with the help of BIRN, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. In my free time: Dedicated fighter for the implementation of a Freedom of Information Act, which Austria is still lacking. Therefore: Co-Initiator of – an independent campaign to make things easier for journalists and transform Austria in an accountable democracy.

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Erik Martin

reddit General Manager

Involved with reddit since 2008, general manager Erik Martin has seen reddit grow to a community of communities with more than 4.7 billion pageviews a month. Named by TIME magazine to their 2012 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World,” and by Adweek to their “Adweek 50″ list of top innovators, Martin is also an outspoken supporter of protecting internet freedom and innovation.

Prior to joining reddit, Erik advised on digital strategy for a wide range of film, music, TV and web video companies, including a role as Head of Digital for the independent film/music label Palm Pictures. Before his internet addiction fully took hold, Martin worked as a documentary filmmaker and was a senior agent and videographer for Improv Everywhere. Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Erik graduated from Tulane University and lives in NYC.

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Jimmy Maymann

Huffington Post CEO

Jimmy Maymann joined AOL in January 2011, following the $96.7m acquisition of goviral, the branded content distribution company he co-founded in 2005. One week later, AOL announced it had acquired the biggest newspaper on the web, The Huffington Post, where Jimmy is now the CEO.

Jimmy’s focus within Huffington Post is to take his entrepreneurial skill-base and media know-how to grow/scale the Huffington Post Media Group suite of brands and expand them across international markets, much like he did with the goviral business in Europe. To date, The Huffington Post, has launched in the Canada, UK, France (Le Huffington Post with Le Monde), Spain (El Huffington Post with El Pais), Italy (L'Huffington Post with La Repubblica) and in Japan (Huffington Post Japan with Asahi Shimbun). Germany and Brazil is going to be announced shortly.

Jimmy has a Master in International Marketing and an Executive MBA from London Business School.

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Jigar Mehta

Media Innovation Strategist

Media Innovation Strategist. Entrepreneur. Design Thinker. Video Journalist. Documentary Filmmaker. Storyteller. Burrito Lover. Seeking to foster a creative collaboration between media entrepreneurs and media institutions. As a founding team member at Matter Ventures, I supported entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society through our 4-month start-up accelerator in San Francisco.

My current documentary is 18 Days in Egypt, a transmedia storytelling project about the Egyptian Revolution told by those who lived it, supported by Tribeca Film Institute and the Sundance Institute.

I've been honored to be a Knight Journalism Fellow and a video journalist at The New York Times. I'm currently a boardmember with the South Asian Journalists Association.

...Oh, I bleed Blue and Gold. BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MJ in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Amy Mitchell

Director of Journalism Research, Pew Research Center

Amy Mitchell is Director of Journalism Research for the Pew Research Center and oversees the center’s Journalism Project. This includes responsibility for the center’s various research efforts around news and information, including working to understand how people get the information they need to be effective citizens as well as how news is reported, produced and disseminated.

Amy has expertise in research design, methods evaluation, analysis and writing, including for the annual report on the State of the News Media, research into how technology is changing the flow of news information today and what this all means for the way news outlets gather and report the news.

Prior to joining PEJ, Amy was a congressional research associate at the American Enterprise Institute, where she researched public policy and the relationship of the press, the public and government. She has authored and co-authored several works, including Thinking Clearly: Case Studies in Journalistic Decision Making. She has also won awards for PEJ’s groundbreaking research, including two SPJ awards and the Bart Richards award. 

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Elias Moreno

YouTube Strategic Partner Manager News / Education

Elias Moreno is in charge of strategic News partners in YouTube for the regions of Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa. On his day to day, Elias helps large companies, mid-size business and individuals with a passion to inform take advantage of the wide reach of YouTube and generate additional revenue streams. Elias holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Business.

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Ed Mulhall

Former MD of News & Current Affairs, RTE

Ed Mulhall graduated with a joint honours in Politics and Economics from Trinity in 1977 and was a Tutor in the Politics Department for two years during which he was also an editor of Trinity News. 

He joined RTE as a Radio Producer in 1979. He became Assistant Head of Features and Current Affairs in 1985. He became a Television Producer in 1988 moving to  RTE News as a Programme Editor for the launch of the Six One News. He produced and was executive producer for a number of documentaries both in the Current Affairs and Cultural areas.  He became Managing Editor of TV News in 1994, Director of News in 1997 and Managing Director of News and Current Affairs in 2002. As MD News he was a member of the Executive Board of RTE. He was an elected member of the News Committee of the EBU for a number of terms. A specialist in election coverage he was involved in a lead role all the General Elections from 1981 and involved in leading many projects for RTE including the 2004 Joyce Project, the launch of TG4 and the move to a fully Digital Newsroom. 

Following his retirement from RTE in 2012 he has been involved in a number of projects including as Project Leader for the EBU, as Editorial Advisor to Century Ireland and as a Research Associate in the Computer Science Department at Trinity College. 

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Leila Nachawati

Co-founder of Syria Untold

Leila Nachawati Rego is a co-founder of Syria Untold, a web aggregator that focuses on the citizen media storytelling of the Syrian uprising, collecting, curating and providing context related to civil disobedience, nonviolent movements, and creative resistance in Syria.

She is a Spanish-Syrian communication strategist and human rights activist based in Madrid, Spain where she is a professor of Communications at Carlos III University, working towards completing a PhD . She writes about human rights promotion, threats against freedom of expression and the social dimension of technology for media such as Global Voices Online, Al-Jazeera, and

Leila Nachawati Rego holds degrees in English Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela and in Arabic Studies from the University of Granada. She holds a master's degree in International Cooperation, that took her to Tetuan, Morocco for a year, working on development projects. She also studied Literary Criticism at the University of Kansas, where she lived and taught Spanish for three years.

Her blog is here:

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Naja Nielsen

Head of TV, DR News

Naja Nielsen, 45, Head of TV and member of the News Board at Danish Broadcasting (DR News). She has nearly twenty years of experience with TV, news journalism and creating big TV events. Since 2007, she has been in charge of several big scale Election Debates, Election Nights and since January 2010, the Managing Editor of TV AVISEN, the flagship news cast at DR1. DR News has undergone a series of fundamental organizational changes the last years leading to one of Europes most modern news operations with two priorities: Multimedia news gathering on mobile, web, TV and radio produced in the most efficient and fast way on one hand – and on the other: more resources into original, investigative and knowledge based journalism than ever.

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Maike Olij

Media consultant

Maike Olij is an internal consultant Marketing & Communication at the NOS. Educated as a Communication scientist, Maike has supported children’s news programs to be set up in South Africa, Surinam, Peru, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Burma and Zambia. She also ran a pop-up news desk in a hotel lobby during the 2008 Olympic games in China, enabling the children’s news programs to broadcast. She has conducted media research in Mali and developed communication concepts for the publicity agency Young Works. 

For the NOS, Maike has co-developed the news platform NOS op 3, aimed at the ‘new news consumer’. This is an example of the corporate projects she runs in the field of innovation and young people. Maike continuously tries to gain a better understanding of the news audience and has developed an analytic model for news needs. This model is used by the whole organization and has been presented at the EBU in an international Master Class.

“In all I do, I try to bring vision, research and creativity together. I believe in simplicity and clarity and try to develop clear concepts that might be ingenious, but are easy to explain. The end user plays a key role in my work, as I believe that they should be the focus for any media professional. After all, they’re the ones we’re doing it for. Young people are closest to my heart, probably because they’re most prone to the innovation and new stuff I adhere. 

My projects are not constricted to office hours: I also run an art website ( and host a dance workshop. With friends I produce and develop concepts, media projects and wild plans that never see the light of day but always bring inspiration.”

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Berkay Omur

Student of Television Reporting and Programming

Berkay Omur is a student of Television Reporting and Programming at Istanbul's Bilgi University. Alongside his studies, he has worked on video production and directing and has experience working on lighting for film and editing. He is a native of Corlu, near Istanbul.

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Sachiko Otani

Deputy Director, Media Strategy & Cooperation

Born in 1972 in Tokyo and grown up in Düsseldorf, Germany in early childhood. After finishing master’s course at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, she joined NHK from 1998, beginning her career as video editor at NHK Nagoya Station. After three years in NHK Okinawa Station, she moved to Video Center at Tokyo HQ in 2004 and produced NHK’s daily news programs. Since 2008, she joined Media Strategy & Cooperation at News Department as deputy director till now.


  • 1972 Born in Tokyo, Japan -1996 Graduated International Christian University
  • 1998 Finished MA course at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Joined NHK, began her career as video editor of NHK Nagoya
  • 2001 Video Editor, NHK Okinawa
  • 2004 Video Editor, Video Center, NHK News Department
  • 2006 Producer, Video Center, NHK News Department
  • 2008 Deputy Director, Media Strategy & Cooperation, News Department

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Tim Pool


Tim Pool is an American journalist whose unique style of interactive broadcast journalism exists at the intersection of social and mainstream media.

As a Producer for VICE Media, he has covered major events around the world in places such as Istanbul, Cairo, and Sao Paulo. Pool's coverage for, as well as his groundbreaking livestream coverage of the 2011 protest movement, has been featured by international media outlets including The Guardian, Reuters, The New York Times, NBC, FastCompany, and Al Jazeera English. He is known for pushing the boundaries of journalism by consistently utilizing new technology such as livestreaming aerial drones, mobile devices, and even Google Glass.

Pool was featured in TIME's person of the year 2011, is a nominee to the TIME 100 in 2012, and was the recipient of the Shorty Award for Best Journalist in Social Media in 2013.

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Hans Rosling

Professor of International Health Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Hans Rosling is professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, the medical university in Stockholm, Sweden. When working as a young doctor in Mozambique he discovered a previously unrecognized paralytic disease that his research team named Konzo.

His 20 years of research on global health concerned the character of the links between economy and health in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has been adviser to WHO and UNICEF, co-founded Médecines sans Frontiers in Sweden and started new courses and published a textbook on Global Health.

He is a member of the International Group of the Swedish Academy of Science and of the Global Agenda Network of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He co-founded Gapminder Foundation ( with son and daughterin- law.

Gapminder promotes a fact based world view by converting the international statistics into moving, interactive, understandable and enjoyable graphics. This was first done by developing the Trendalyzer software that Google acquired in 2007. Using animations of global trends, Hans Rosling lectures about past and contemporary economic, social and environmental changes in the world and he produces thematic videos using the same technique.

His award-winning lectures on global trends have been labeled “humorous, yet deadly serious” and many in the audience realize their own world view is lagging many decades.

Hans Rosling’s 5 points on global trends are:


  1. There are no longer two types of countries in the world, the old division into industrialized and developing countries has been replaced by 192 countries on a continuum of socio-economic development.
  2. Many Asian countries are now improving twice as fast as Europe ever did.
  3. A new gap may form between 5 billion people moving towards healthy lives with education, cell phones, electricity, washing machines and health service and more than 1 billion people stuck in the vicious circle of absolute poverty and disease.
  4. So far all progress towards health and wealth has been achieved at the price of increased CO2 emission that drives the imminent climate crisis.
  5. There are reasons for optimism regarding the future of the world because the world is so poorly governed at present. Hence we have enormous opportunities to improve the life of all humans by turning our already converging world into an equal, secure, sustainable and free place to live in.




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Amy Selwyn

Managing Director of News Xchange

Amy Selwyn is the Managing Director of News Xchange, a position she has held for three years. Without admitting her age (attention math majors….), Amy has over 30 years of experience in the media industry. Amy started life as a child actress but changed course when she studied Psychology and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. She went on to earn an MBA at New York University before joining The New York Times. Later, Amy worked for The Associated Press (including being part of the team that launched APTN in London) and BBC News in London. In 2005, Amy headed to Rome for an 8-month sabbatical to study art history, Roman emperors and Italian language. At the end of 2005, Amy began consulting to media organizations and, last year, co-founded Storytegic, an agency working with brand storytelling and strategy. Amy lives in New Hampshire, The United States and is the proud mother of a very sassy bulldog. In her spare time she is an avid photographer and a demon for writing.

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Gavin Sheridan

Director of Innovation at Storyful

Gavin Sheridan is Director of Innovation at Storyful, co-founder of and a lecturer in journalism at Dublin City University. He specialises in access to information law, data journalism, real-time journalism and UGC/video verification.

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Margarita Simonyan

Editor-in-Chief, RT

Margarita Simonyan is one of the youngest TV executives in Russia. Born in Southern Russia, Margarita began her journalistic career in her native town at the age of 18, after spending a year as a student in Bristol, N.H., USA. Later she received a University degree, combining studies with field journalism. During her career on the state TV channel “Rossiya” (starting from 2001) she reported from Chechnya during the Second Chechen Campaign, from the Beslan School Siege, and Abkhazia. 

Margarita Simonyan has received several awards for journalism. In 2005, she was named Editor-in-Chief of Russia Today, the first Russian 24-hour English-language news channel. Later on, after the launch of RT in Arabic (Rusiya Al-Yaum) and RT in Spanish, she became Editor-in-Chief of the global multilingual television news network RT, broadcasting from studios in Moscow and Washington all over the world. 

In 2013 RT network expanded with the launch of RUPTLY, full-fledged video news agency with headquarter in Berlin. Margarita is also the first Vice President of the National Association of TV and Radio Broadcasters in Russia (NAT).

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Martin Stanford

Sky News Presenter

Martin Stanford hosts prime time bulletins on Sky News between 7 and 9pm each weekday evening.

Martin joined Sky News in 1990 at the height of the Gulf War, and presented Sky News’ flagship Sky News at Ten and the Nine o’clock News before moving to Sky News Today. Martin has anchored the channel’s coverage of some of the biggest breaking news stories, including the September 11th terrorist attacks on the US, the subsequent bombing of Afghanistan, the Iraq War, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales and the subsequent funeral, the trial and later acquittal of Michael Jackson and the Beslan school siege.

For three years Martin hosted - a unique format where the stories were influenced by the most clicked and most talked about stories online. Martin and won the “innovation of the year” category at the prestigious Royal Television Society Journalism awards in 2008.

Martin’s broadcasting career stretches over thirty years. He started out presenting news, phone-in and discussion programmes for BBC local radio stations in Oxford, Northampton and Cambridge before moving to the bi-media world of BBC Southampton where he worked for both South Today and BBC Radio Solent. In 1989, he moved to the start-up BSB News service and later joined Sky News, after working as a Field Producer in Amman, Jordan during the first Gulf War.




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Mark Stone

Sky News Asia Correspondent

Mark Stone is Sky News' Asia correspondent. Mark joined Sky as a producer in 2005 and switched to reporting in 2007. He was a News Correspondent in London before moving to his current position in 2012. He has covered a huge variety of stories with Sky including the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the ethnic clashes in Burma and the riots in London.

In July 2013, he and his team travelled to North Korea as part of a select group of journalists granted access to the reclusive country. Their coverage included the first ever live international broadcasts from locations around the capital Pyongyang.

Mark played a central role in Sky’s coverage of the London riots in August 2011. Using just an iPhone, he captured some of the most striking footage of the night. His confrontations with looters in Clapham, South London engaged viewers and the impact of his work was immediate: his footage led bulletins on Sky and it was used by rival TV networks across the globe. Online, Mark’s footage was trending on Twitter within an hour of it being filmed. Mark was nominated and shortlisted for an award by the Royal Television Society for his innovative coverage of the riots.

Before joining Sky, Mark spent three years as a producer for America’s ABC News. He was based in Baghdad, Iraq for a year between 2003 and 2004. He covered the capture of Saddam Hussein, the insurgency that followed and was part of a small team who were awarded an Emmy for their coverage of the war.

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Mark Stucke

Founder and Managing Director, Journeyman Pictures

At 19 Mark had his first taste of a war zone, producing a doc on the Afghan-Russian war. He then worked across the industry, learning the trade in all genres. But at 28 he reverted to his first love, factual TV, returning to frontline reporting and establishing Journeyman Pictures. He soon built Journeyman into a leading factual distribution outfit, while at the same time developing an expertise in VOD and other digital opportunities.

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Jakob Weichenberger

Journalist at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF

I started working as journalist for ORF – the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation – in 2007. Since ORF relaunched its main newscast ‘Zeit im Bild’ in April 2007 and – inspired by the BBC – introduced vidiwall-graphics, I am responsible for researching and coordinating the contents of these vidiwall-graphics that are presented by our TV-anchors.

Working on the edge between editorial and graphics department I gained expertise in handling and visualizing data and in the last few years shifted focus towards data-journalism. I earned a Master's degree in Journalism and Media-management at FHWien University of Applied Sciences for Management & Communication and wrote my diploma thesis comparing TV-infographics at various European TV-newscasts. For the Austrian national elections held in September, I was coordinating the data- and graphics-workflow for ORF. I am currently working on establishing a small specialized unit of datajournalists at the ORF and try to include methods of data-journalism also into daily news reporting.

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Eda Yorgancioglu

Student of Television Reporting and Programming

Eda Yorgancioglu is a second-year student of Television Reporting and Programming at Bilgi University, Istanbul. She is a Turkish and German citizen.  Alongside her undergraduate studies, Eda is also an anchor and report for on the Turkish sports news channel Smart Spor.  She is also an editor for the Turkish online fashion magazine "Unspoken". She speaks Turkish, English, French and German.

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As new forms of media create new ways for people to record and consume information, those of us in the business of broadcast graphics and asset management face the inevitable question: Are these new capabilities and new forms of content a help or a hindrance to broadcasters and their audiences? My answer is simple. When we give producers real tools that seamlessly integrate into their workflows, when their use becomes a fundamental part of telling the story, audience engagement and understanding is dramatically enhanced.



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