Members of the Startups for News international jury hail from a diverse group of media and tech organisations, and they will be drawing from their experience in selecting the best media startups for this programme.
Catalina Albeanu is international editor at Journalism.co.uk, a one stop shop for all things digital journalism. Catalina and her team publish news on the latest innovations and trends shaping the industry, and organise training and experience-sharing events to help people and companies improve their digital skills. They also regularly test and review apps and tools that help journalists work more efficiently.
Greg Barber is Director of Newsroom Product at the Washington Post. He has made a career of startups within news organizations. These days, he leads a team that creates storytelling tools and manages The Washington Post’s portfolio of newsroom software. Since he began his work at The Post in 2003, he helped develop the Express newspaper as its deputy editor, created experimental news sites and mobile apps as managing editor of WaPo Labs, co-founded The Coral Project open-source digital-engagement collaborative, and launched more than a dozen interactive tools for the Post newsroom.
Mariano Blejman is Chief Digital Officer at Grupo Octubre. He launched Media Factory news accelerator and founded HacksLabs.org Data Journalism accelerator programme where he helped invest for Latin American projects. He is a data journalist entrepreneur working on Natural Language Processing, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, semantic analytic and social network analysis and visualisation platform to track relationships. He is a Knight International Journalism Fellow at the International Center for Journalists.
Evangéline de Bourgoing is the GEN Chief Content Officer. She spearheads the Editors Lab programme, a worldwide series of media hackathons and Startups for News, a competition rewarding the best startups bringing novel solutions to newsroom challenges. Before joining GEN, she has worked as a news producer at Radio France, and in the product development department at Axel Springer. She holds degrees from LSE, La Sorbonne and ESSEC Business School.
David Cohn is a Senior Director at Advance Digital, a position he took up after a year as Executive Producer at AJ+. He has written for Wired, Seed, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times. While working toward his master’s degree at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, David worked as the editor at NewAssignment.net, which focused on citizen journalism and ways news organisations could explore the social web. He has been a contributing editor at NewsTrust.net, and he is also the Editor-in-Chief at Broowaha, an expanding citizen journalism network. David was the Director of News at Circa. Prior to that he founded Spot.Us.
Ricardo Corredor Cure is the Executive Director of the Gabriel García Márquez New Journalism Foundation (Fundación Gabriel García Márquez para el Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano – FNPI), a Latin American non-profit organisation based in Cartagena, Colombia, founded and presided by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. He has a long experience working on issues related to media and journalism for development in Latin America, having worked with civil society organisations from Brazil (AVINA Foundation, ANDI News Agency for Children’s Rights), Colombia (Fundación Social) and the United States (Lutheran World Relief). He holds a degree from Javeriana University in Bogota and a won a Fulbright Scholarship to do the Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University in New York City.
Chris Gathercole is Head of FT Labs at Financial Times. He is an innovator, strategist, software architect, analyst, team manager and Scrum Master, with wide-ranging experience in academia (PhD), e-commerce (lastminute.com, bt.com), and media (ft.com), User-Centred Design, Machine Learning, rapid prototyping, and team dynamics.
Mohammed Haddad is Senior Interactive Producer with Al Jazeera. He heads the interactive department on telling visual stories with data. Prior to joining Al Jazeera he was involved in crowdsourcing research and application in Africa.
Ferial Haffajee is the editor-at-large at the Huffington Post South Africa. She was the Editor-in-Chief of City Press Newspaper. She was the editor of the Mail & Guardian from 2004 to 2009 and the first woman editor for this major South African newspaper. She is former Chairperson of the South African National Editor’s Forum. Haffajee was awarded the 2014 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists and was appointed to the board of the International Press Institute in 2011.
Oluseun Onigbinde is a Nigerian entrepreneur and open data analyst popularly known as the co-founder and CEO of BudgIT, a Nigerian civic startup. In 2012, he was awarded the Future Awards Prize for Science and Tech Innovation.He attended the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta where he obtained a bachelor of engineering in Electrical/Electronics Engineering and he also attended Stanford University graduate school of business where he completed the executive program in social entrepreneurship. He is a Knight International Journalism Fellow.
Jacqui Park is an editor, media strategist, entrepreneur, leadership coach and facilitator in innovation and human centred design. She is currently advising media start-ups in Australia, Asia and the US on revenue and fundraising, storytelling and human centred design strategies. She’s working with Australian festivals to produce live journalism events. Most recently she was the founding CEO of the prestigious Australian Walkley Foundation for journalism and is credited with its transition to an innovation leader in journalism. In more than a decade as regional director for the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific, Jacqui was responsible for leading a team of experts in press freedom advocacy and media support work from the Pacific to Afghanistan. She has extensive experience across South and South East Asia, both in the media and with a range of media development and UN organisations.
One of Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 rising stars in media for 2013, Latoya Peterson is best known for the award winning blog Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture. She is currently the deputy editor, digital innovation for ESPN’s The Undefeated. Previously, she was an editor-at-large at Fusion, the senior digital producer for The Stream on Al Jazeera America and a John S. Knight Journalism 2012-2013 Fellow at Stanford University. She produced a YouTube series on girl gamers and is currently working on 360 and virtual reality projects.
Kalli Purie is Vice-Chairperson of the India Today Group. She is better recognised in the industry for her vision to synergise India Today Group’s excellence in conventional journalism with the reach and innovations of new media.
Noemí Ramírez is Chief Digital Officer at PRISA News (El País, As, among others) where she leads the Product, Analytics and Audience Development areas, accordingly to the business’ strategy, objectives and digital transformation process. Previously, she was Product Director at PRISA Innovation, editor-in-chief at El Mundo and worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the largest investigative journalism association in the US.
Maria Ressa is CEO & executive director at Rappler, an independent social news website tailored for the Southeast Asian market, featuring content in Bahasa and English. She is a prominent figure in international journalism, having served as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta for 25 years. In 2005, as head of news and current affairs for ABS-CBN, the country’s largest media network, she was responsible for leading more than a thousand journalists in the Philippines across various platforms. She also authored “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” , published by Free Press in 2003, and “From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terror”, published by Imperial College Press in 2003.
Dmitry Shishkin is Digital Editor and responsible for developing the BBC’s digital offer for all 28 non-English foreign language new services (soon to be 40 due to expansion in Asia, Africa and Europe). Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry has worked in various senior editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. His digital expertise is in international developing markets, at the intersection of editorial, product and strategy. All of this projects are aimed at driving innovation and developing new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and – crucially – driving digital culture change in newsrooms.