These contributors presented research papers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conferences of 2013 in Rio De Janeiro, 2015 in Lillehammer and 2017 in Johannesburg. Their submissions were selected by a panel of judges for the 2013 professor track and the 2015 and 2017 academic tracks.
Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia
Ali Mohammed Al-Mania is a lecturer at the Department of Press and E-Publishing at the Media & Communication College of Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. He has been a journalist for Riyadh Newspaper since 2003. He was also rector for the Media Advisory for Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University from 2008 to 2013.
Señor de Sipán University, Peru.
Luis Alarcón is the director of the Communication Sciences School, Señor de Sipán University in Peru. He is a journalist, writer and researcher. He has a masters in university teaching and is licensed in journalism.
He has worked as a correspondent of the now-closed newspaper The Sun of Lima, as a publisher of the Sunday magazine of La Industria, a newspaper of Chiclayo, and as a columnist of El Correo and La República, regional editions.
He has won prizes for both his journalism (for summons of the National Institute of the Consumer Defense and the Intellectual Property – Indecopi, and Save The Children-UK) and his scientific investigations (the 2nd Regional Fair of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Regional Government of Lambayeque).
He is the founding director of the Sciences of Communication Careers at Señor de Sipán University where he started line of investigations into the right to access public information with the help of teachers and pupils. Between December 2009 and December 2011, he was the head of the National Anticorruption Network for the Lambayeque Region, a Proética’s initiative financed by USAID.
In March 2011 he became the monitor of Freedom Expression at the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), which is based in Lima, Peru. He has also worked for the methodology group at the Global Network for Promoting and Defending Free Expression, IFEX – ALC.
He teaches courses in investigative journalism and the works of his students are published at Cinco, monthly magazine USS, and the weekly magazine Expresion.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas
African Investigative Publishing Collective
Anas Aremeyaw Anas has gained worldwide attention for his undercover sting investigations exposing corrupt officials, illegal abortion, and witchcraft. Praised by President Obama, Anas’ latest project shows judges allegedly asking for bribes and demanding sex. The videos have generated huge controversy in his native Ghana, and resulted in the suspension of 34 judges.
Anas’ partnerships with Western journalists have led to films shown by, among others, the BBC and CNN. A documentary, Chameleon, has been made about him. He now plays a leading role in the African Investigative Publishing Collective – ZAM partnership. Anas has won multiple international awards for his investigative work.
State University of New York
Rosemary Armao is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication and Journalism Program at the State University of New York at Albany.
For more than 32 years she was a reporter and editor at various wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa.
American University in Dubai
A former journalist, Yasmine Bahrani worked at some of the top newsrooms in the field, including Reuters and the Washington Post in Washington, D.C.
Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in English, French, and Arabic in such publications as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, Jeune Afrique, Wilson Quarterly, Sayyidaty women’s magazine and elsewhere. Bahrani studied journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Jorge Benítez Cabral
Diario ABC Color
Jorge Benítez Cabral is an editorial secretary and investigative reporter at Diario ABC Color Asuncion, Paraguay. He is also a professor of investigative journalism, journalistic genres and fundamentals of journalism at the Universidad del Norte (Uninorte) in Asuncion, Paraguay.
He used to be the political reporter for the newspaper La Nación, economics editor at The Day Today, and Correspondent of the spanish news agency EFE (1988-2001) in Asunción.
He also did temporary work for ANSA in Italy, and Xinhua in China.
He is the ex-president of the Paraguayan Journalists Forum (FOPEP) and a IPYS-Finalist 2010-Buenos Aires Colpin Award. Also, he represented Paraguay at the Meeting of Latin American Journalists 2010 in Madrid, Spain organized by Fundación Carolina.
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The Centre for Investigative Journalism
Crina Boros is a part-time data journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London.
She also works as a freelance investigative reporter and trainer for different organizations such as BBC, Greenpeace and the Centre for Investigative Jounralism. Boros uses data analysis and statistics as the basis for her investigative stories. She has worked on stories about cartels in the British fishing industry, misuse of minimum pay, and the hypocrisy of war propaganda.
Márcio Carneiro Santos
Laboratório de Convergência de Mídias
Márcio Carneiro Santos is a student of Technology Intelligence and Digital Design at the PUC-SP program. Carneiro has a masters in Communication from the UAM-SP and an MBA in Marketing from FGV-Rio-ISAN. Carneiro graduated in Social Communication from UFMA.
Carneiro is also a professor of Social Communication at UFMA in journalism in digital networks and a coordinator of Media Convergence at LABCO.
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“Talking to an API- An explatory study on social TV” (Portuguese)
Oscar Parra Castellanos
University of Rosaria, Bogota
Oscar Parra Castellanos is a journalist and computer engineer with more than 10 years of experience. Parra is a professor at the program of Journalism and Public Opinion in the University of Rosario in Bogota, Colombia and the editor of Rutas del Conflicto, a project of Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica and the web site VerdadAbierta.com.
Hong Kong University
Ying Chan is an editorial and media consultant, China expert, educator and journalist, and e-learning advocate.
She is the founding director and professor (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Under her leadership, the JMSC became the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation.
Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and a number of Chinese language dailies. Chan’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Chan is a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media, Information & Entertainment. She has edited six books on China’s media as the founder and co-director (2004-2016) of the China Media Project. Chan is consulting editor of GIJN Chinese edition and Honorary Professor of the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative at HKU.
University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Azhagan Chenganna is a lecturer of Media Studies at the University of Mauritius. He teaches modules of reporting and writing and advanced reporting. He has previously worked as a journalist in a Sunday newspaper in Mauritius. His interests are investigative journalism, ethical practices and media cultures.
Sheila S. Coronel is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.
She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines, and in 1989, cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption.
Coronel is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.
Data Journalism Platform, Turkey
Dag is a data journalism lecturer at Kadir Has University in Turkey (@khasedutr). She is also a founder of the Data Journalism Turkey Platform (@dagmedyaveri ) and the small data journalism news site Dağ Medya (@Dagmedyanet).
Dag is the president of Open Data and Data Journalism Association in İstanbul,Turkey. You can talk with her about data journalism education, data collection, data scraping and ethics, data cleaning and ethics, open data, data analysis, data visualization, data storytelling and daily data journalism workshops, open data and open data training.
Below are links to Dag’s presentations including one featured at the academic track of GIJC17.
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Laurence Dierickx is a journalist and developer who has worked as a professional for 15 years.
After obtaining a masters degree in Science and Technology of Information and Communication (Université Libre de Bruxelles), she started a doctoral research project about how the automated production of news can support investigative reporting. More specifically, she is studying the relation between human journalists and algorithmic programs through the lens of uses, which draws the question of journalist’s perception of news automation. Her approach is trans-disciplinary, binding constructive and critical technology and journalism theories. It is also shaped by her hybrid professional background.
Paulette Desormeaux Parra
Pontificia Universidad Católica
Paulette is an investigative journalist with a master’s in Media and Journalism within Globalization, specialized in the public sphere.
Desormeaux teaches investigative journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and is the Journalistic Director of Base Pública, a new not-for-profit online medium that focuses on increasing citizens interest in public issues. She is the founder and president of Red de Periodistas Chile, the first association that promotes investigative journalism in Chile.
Desormeaux worked as a reporter at the Centre for Investigative Journalism CIPER Chile covering failures in public policy and financial fraud, and as an investigative journalist for the TV show Contacto at the national broadcaster “Canal 13”.
David Donald is a data editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and data journalist in residence at AU’s School of Communication.
His work has received two Philip Meyer Awards for the best use of social science methods in journalism, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award as well as other awards.
Deutsche Welle Akademie
Werner Eggert is the founding director of Interlink and also works as a media consultant and journalism trainer for various institutions in Germany and abroad.
Werner has been active in international media development for more than 20 years. He has recently established several e-learning projects for Deutsche Welle Akademie, and from 2010 to 2014 was at the helm of Bertelsmann’s innovative Intajour project. Before that, he was the Editor-in Chief of the Educational Television and Radio Channel TIDE in Hamburg, and worked as a Senior Project Manager at the International Institute for Journalism (now part of GIZ) in Berlin.
In the 1990s, Eggert worked for several years as a coach and consultant for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Werner began his career as a journalist working for several media organizations in Germany.
University of Maryland
Mark Feldstein spent 20 years as an award-winning on-air investigative correspondent at CNN, ABC News, and various local television stations.
He has been beaten up in the U.S., detained and censored by government authorities in Egypt, and escorted out of the country under armed guard in Haiti. His exposés led to resignations, firings, multi-million dollar fines, and prison terms. He is regularly quoted as a media analyst by leading outlets in the US and abroad and has testified as an expert witness in court and before Congress on First Amendment issues.
Media Monitoring Africa
Sarah Findlay is an ecologist by training but her work has always focused on the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through Wits University where her Masters research examined the roles of local traditional and democratic leaders in regulating firewood harvesting in rural communities in South Africa.
Before joining Media Monitoring Africa, Findlay worked for SA National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch Garden in Cape Town and consulted for a multi-year project based near Kruger National Park where she provided research support into land claims on protected conservation areas in the region. She is now a program coordinator for MMA’s Policy Unit and has loved sinking her teeth into this new field of media research and analysis. Sarah is also an unashamed data nerd, a fiery afro-optimist and occasional jogger with a distinct partiality towards a glass – or two – of wine.
Forum for African Investigative Reporters
Evelyn Groenink has partnered with colleagues in Africa since 2003. As founding director of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters she oversaw transnational investigations into Africa’s social bandits (“Pirates, smugglers and corrupt tycoons”), human traffic, the pharmaceutical industry and Fair Trade.
After FAIR, she moved on to initiate similar African-Western cooperation within the AIPC-ZAM partnership. As investigations editor of ZAM, which publishes investigative stories from African journalists for an international audience, she has pioneered a process of co-creation, whereby African grassroots observations and investigative findings are processed to fit with ‘Western-style’ narratives and angles without, however, diluting or changing the content.
Waseda University, Japan
Tatsuro Hanada was born in 1947. He is a professor at the Waseda University Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences. Hanada graduated from the Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics and studied in the University of Munich graduate school. He took his current position in 2006 after serving as a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) and then as director of the III.
Since 2007 Hanada has served as director of the Waseda University Institute for Education in Journalism, and since 2015 he has served as the director of the Waseda University Institute for Journalism. His areas of specialty are sociology, media studies and journalism studies. Hanada has also worked on educating and nurturing the next generation of journalists.
Hanada is the author of “Kōkyōken to iu na no shakai kūkan: Kōkyōken, media, shimin shakai (The social space known as the public sphere: public sphere, media and civil society)” (publisher: Bokutakusha) and “Media to kōkyōken no politics (Politics of the media and the public sphere)” (publisher: University of Tokyo Press), and co-editor of “Chōsa hōdō journalism no chōsen: Shimin shakai to kokusai shien senryaku (Investigative journalism challenge: civil society and international support strategy)” (publisher: Junposha).
2017 FCCJ Freedom of Press Award, Supporter of the Free Press
Dr. James Hollings
Massey University, New Zealand
Dr. James Hollings is a senior lecturer in journalism at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.
“Journalism, big, small, wide, narrow, deep, after 27 years at it, I still get excited by determined, persistent reporting. I worked as a journalist on newspapers and radio for 18 years, and developed a special interest in investigative reporting. Now teaching, I enjoy helping my students find and write investigative articles, and provide credible, reliable information in this world of super-spin.
I have a particular interest in health – most of my investigative work has been in this area – and my most recent investigation was into the censorship of suicide reporting in my country.
I also love using the power of research to solve problems of journalism practice. My doctoral dissertation was on the decision-making processes of reluctant witnesses, such as whistleblowers, and how journalists persuade them to speak out. Other than journalism, I play trumpet in a jazz band, but mostly just spend time with my family.”
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Elvis, The Netherlands
Adriana is a freelance data journalist based in The Netherlands. She is closely affiliated with Investico, a Dutch platform for investigative journalism and OneWorld, a magazine for sustainable living and global citizenship.
Together with a couple of talented and fun people she also develops on Elvis, an online tool for exploring patterns in government spending.
Investigative Reporters and Editors
Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 4.300 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud.
Horvit also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.
University of Illinois
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches investigative and data journalism and oversees an online newsroom.
Houston previously was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a group of 5,000 members, and before that an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years. He is co-founder and chair of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-author of “The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook” and author of “Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide.”
Story-Based Inquiry Associates, Paris
An award-winning investigative reporter, scholar, and author of the UNESCO-funded International manual “Story-based Inquiry – A Manual for Investigative Journalists”, Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Center in Fontainebleau, France.
Hunter is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and academic director of the Future Media Management Programme at SSE Riga. He has written more than 100 investigative features and nine books, which have earned him IRE, SDX, National Headliners, H.L. Mencken and Clarion awards. He holds a doctorate in communication from the Universite de Paris II/ Panteon-Assas.
Norwegian Union of Journalists
Trond Idås works part time for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, teaching about journalism and trauma. He also gives lessons on this subject at various journalism schools at Norwegian universities.
Idås is working on a doctoral thesis in development psychology. The subject is ethical dilemmas, post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth among journalists. He has written the educational book ‘Demanding missions – how to cope with stress’.
Idås is the chair of SKUPs executive board, the national contact of the Dart Center in Norway, and a member of the UNESCO commission as well as the Council of Europe’s expert group on journalist safety. Formerly, he was a journalist in Aftenposten, Oslo.
Prof. Zhan Jiang
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Prof. Zhan Jiang works at the School of International Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is also an adjunct professor at Sun Yat-Sen University and South China University of Technology.
Prof. Zhan previously served as professor and director of Journalism and Communication Department, China Youth University of Political Studies. His research interests include: media law and media ethics, theories and history of journalism and communication.
DW Akademie, Germany
Nadine Jurrat is a project manager at the Research and Evaluation department at DW Akademie, where she focuses on strategies and evaluations of DW Akademie’s projects and on research into media development topics.
Jurrat has over 15 years of experience in international media development, having focused on support for independent media in conflict zones, fragile states and closed societies. Previously, she was the head of programs at the London-based Rory Peck Trust and worked as an independent consultant for international media development organizations.
Jurrat trained at the London School of Journalism and holds a B.A. (hons) in French and Hispanic Studies from Queen Mary University as well as an M.A. in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London with a special focus on development, international politics and economics. Her publications include “Mapping Digital Media: Citizen Journalism and the Internet” (2011) for the Open Society Foundations and “Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed Societies” (2016) for DW Akademie.
Sayaka Kaji is Senior Researcher of the Waseda Chronicle, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization in Japan.
After graduating from Waseda University’s school of Culture, Media and Society, Kaji took up the position of senior researcher. She revealed the murky relationship between Dentsu, pharmaceutical company, and KYODO News as the main reporter.
The series “Journalism for Sale” won the 2017 FCCJ Freedom of Press Award, Supporter of the Free Press by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ). The reason for winning the award was that the Waseda Chronicle was committed to advancing the principles of a free and open press and training a new generation of journalists. Sayaka is also one of the authors of “How do the investigative journalism connect with NGO as watchdog institution?” (Sairyusha, 2017).
The News International, Pakistan
Khalid Khattak is a staff reporter at The News International and has been in the profession for over 12 years.
In 2015, Khattak founded Data Stories — Pakistan’s first independent data journalism initiative with an aim to promote data journalism, data storytelling and data literacy in his country. One of Khalid’s data journalism-based investigative stories won the 2015 first prize in the education category at the ICFJ Alumni Summit Reporting Contest, which is organized by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Pakistan.
Khalid was also a visiting faculty member at the University of the Punjab’s Institute of Communication Studies where he taught online journalism for one semester. He is a 2013 Daniel Pearl Fellow and as a part of that fellowship worked at the D.C. bureau of the Wall Street Journal for almost five months. He is also a council member of the Lahore Press Club.
Peter W. Klein
University of British Columbia
Peter W. Klein is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and associate professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. He was director of the school in 2011-2015.
The Investigative Reporting Workshop
LaFleur has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues.
Metodista University of Sao Paulo
Rosemeri Laurindo is a researcher for the UNESCO Chair for Communication to Regional Development at Metodista University of Sao Paulo, where she is a CNPq fellow for postdoctoral studies since last year.
Laurindo has a PhD in Communication Sciences for New University of Lisbon (2005) and masters degree in Communications and Contemporary Cultures from the Federal University of Bahia (1998). She graduated in Journalism at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1991).
She is a professor of Communications Theory in the publicity program of the Regional University of Blumenau and of Theory and Method of Research in Communications in the Journalism program of Blumenauense Institute of Higher Education.
She is also the author of the book Journalism in three dimensions: singular, particular and universal (2008) and of articles and essays published in several media. She worked as a journalist in three different Brazilian states (Santa Catarina, Alagoas and Bahia). Rosemeri is the national coordinator for the Journalistic Genres Research Group of the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications (Intercom).
Andy Lehren is an NBC News investigative reporter who specializes in data journalism. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for the NY Times, where he mined the Snowden files; probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets”, and contributed to a Pulitzer-winning examination of substandard Chinese chemicals tainting pharmaceuticals.
Lehren has uncovered pension abuses that led to arrests, documented substandard care at military hospitals that led to reforms. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, and three Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. He teaches at the City University of New York and at Columbia University.
A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for over 30 years, Charles Lewis is the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and a professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is a former CBS News 60 Minutes producer and the founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Grand Valley State University
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many outlets, and has earned national and international recognition from organizations like Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club and the National Association of Black Journalists.
A Fulbright Scholar, Specialist and Teacher, he has written or edited five books. He and his wife Dunreith live in Grand Rapids, Michigan; their son Aidan lives in Berkeley, California.
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Denise Malan joined IRE as a training director in August 2016. Previously, she worked at the Institute for Nonprofit News in a joint position with IRE for three years. She spent the first two years helping nonprofit news organizations around the country collaborate on data projects, then served as interim executive director before becoming director of training and data services, overseeing INN’s training program that developed business skills among nonprofit news leaders.
Malan was a newspaper journalist for more than a decade, covering government, education, politics, the environment and more. She was data/investigative editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas.
Dart Centre Asia Pacific
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific since 2004. She is a psychologist, and began working in media since 1987.
McMahon is responsible for creating and facilitating training programs across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychological safety and resilience for media professionals. She is the only Australian psychologist to be published on this topic and she has a specific interest in post-traumatic growth as it relates to trauma-exposed journalists. McMahon has presented in close to 20 countries internationally on trauma as it relates to journalism over the last 10 years.
Paul Mena Erazo
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Paul Mena Erazo is a correspondent for international media and a multimedia journalism professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ),with 18 years of journalistic experience.
Since 2009 Mena has been a regular contributor to BBC Mundo. He has written for the Spanish newspaper El Pais, as well as Ecuadorian media outlets such as the newspapers Hoy and Expreso, and magazine Vistazo.
Mena obtained an MA in journalism in the United States as a Fulbright scholar. He also taught journalism at other Ecuadorian universities such as UDLA and PUCE. In recent years Mena has participated as an instructor for journalists and various media outlets of Ecuador in areas such as digital media, Web tools for investigative journalism, data journalism, SEO for journalists, mobile journalism, restructuring and redesign of news websites, social networking, electoral journalism, and law and ethics of communication.
Marcel Metze is the editor-in-chief at Metze Research, where he helps young journalists discover what investigative journalism is all about.
Mohamed Azad Mohamed Mustaffa
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Sri Lanka
Mohamed Azad Mohamed Mustaffa is a human rights lawyer and currently working as a country representative for the Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He is responsible for the country program of IWPR in Sri Lanka and is now managing a project to increase the capacity of journalists and media institution when it comes to investigative reporting in Sri Lanka.
Kaas & Mulvad
Nils Mulvad is editor at Kaas & Mulvad. From 2001-2006 he was the executive director of the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting, Dicar. From 2001 and onwards he worked as associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism. Together with former IRE-director Brant Houston, he was the main person responsible for the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences in 2001 and 2003 in Copenhagen and was co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, www.gijn.org.
George Nsorani Mwita
Tanzania Media Foundation
Dr. George N. Mwita holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds a Master of Science in Applied Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (statistics) and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology. Mwita has a post-graduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation of media development projects.
Before his appointment to Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) as the M&E manager, Dr. Mwita was the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at the Education Centre for the Advancement of Women (ECAW- Kenya), a non-governmental organization that created a ‘safe’ space for women in terms of elimination of FGM and developed women empowerment programs aimed at alleviating poverty among women. ECAW was the implementing partner of UNWOMEN, Gender and Governance project
Dr. Mwita has also worked with other recognized international organizations such as Population Council and International Fellowship Programs (IFP), where he worked as a research assistant. He has expertise in managing research teams, the monitoring and evaluation of programs including the development of M&E plans, M&E methodologies and indicators; undertaking baseline surveys, process, mid-term, and end-term evaluations. Mwita has a deep knowledge of the development sector and has worked closely with senior officials from country governments and a multitude of international and donor agencies.
Mongolian Press Institute
Munkhmandakh Myagmar was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She studied journalism at the University of Leipzig, Germany and received PhD in media and communication sciences from the same university.
Myagmar has 18 years of full-time work experience in the Mongolian media and civil society sector, during which she initiated projects, which received support from international organizations, and managed the implementation of over one hundred projects to promote media freedom and access to information, assist journalists in the improvement of their professional qualifications and skills and strengthen media accountability.
As an outstanding young leader Myagmar was awarded several international grants and fellowships for professional development including fellowships from the German Parliament, the Bundestag, the US State department, the Open Society Institute, Central European University etc. Currently Myagmar is the executive director of the Mongolian Press Institute that has been established 20 year ago to encourage journalistic excellence for Mongolia’s democracy.
DataLEADS and CIJ, India
Syed Nazakat is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and Editor-In-Chief of DataLEADS, which is a data-driven Indian initiative aimed to create new platforms of data research and storytelling. DataLEADS conducts series of unique data boot camps in different parts of Asia and also runs India’s first data-driven website dedicated to healthcare reporting, called Health Analytics India.
Nazakat is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Centre for Investigative Journalism India, a non-profit organization he founded to promote the cause of watchdog journalism in India.
Nazakat leads DataLEADS in New Delhi, as well as overseeing its outreach across Asia with different partners including the Asia News Network (Thailand), a network of 23 leading Asian daily newspapers in 20 Asian countries, with a combined circulation of 14 million and a readership of more than 50 million.
University of Maryland
Deb Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who does and teaches investigative reporting. Most recently, she co-authored award-winning series for Reuters on superbugs and rising sea levels. Her students’ project on human trafficking was recognized as the best college journalism in the nation last year by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Nelson is launching a new “Investigative Bureau” at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism to produce in-depth, data-driven projects for national news organizations and the school’s Capital News Service, which is distributed nationwide by The Associated Press.
Inter Press Service
Daniela Pastrana is a journalist specialized in human rights and social movements. She worked as a team reporter at the newspaper La Jornada and currently works at the agency Inter Press Service (IPS). She teaches at the School of Journalism Carlos Septien Garcia and is a co-founder of the Periodistas de a Pie network.
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“Towards construction of new paradigms in teaching journalism in Mexico” (Spanish)
Federal University of Ceará, Brazil
Edgard Patricio is a professor of the Graduate Program in Communication, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil.
“The concept of ethics and the production of journalism in times of technology” (Portuguese)
Middle Tennessee State University
Gregory Pitts is a professor and director of the ACEJMC accredited School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to this, he chaired the Department of Communications at the University of North Alabama, where he achieved the program’s initial accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC).
Pitts is the past recipient of two Fulbright appointments (Zambia and Montenegro) and two Fulbright Specialist appointments (Ukraine). He is Director of Faculty and Student Programs for the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Active memberships include the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).
University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Dr S. Raguram is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.
IREX, Sri Lanka
M.C. Rasmin is the Deputy Chief of Party at IREX, Sri Lanka and was formally the Director/CEO of Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) since 2007. Currently, Rasmin is a PhD scholar at Assam Don Bosco University, India. He holds a master’s in developmental communication from the University of Peradeniya. Rasmin has successfully completed a master-level course on Media Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway and also has a Special Degree in Arts at the University of Peradeniya.
In the year 2008, Rasmin joined Internews Sri Lanka, as a radio drama director and producer. Previously, he was a consultant in Communication for the ICT agency of Sri Lanka. Rasmin has 15 years of experience in broadcasting for social change. He is an international trainer on radio for peace building and an award-winning writer.
Rasmin has written and produced over 400 radio plays for the SLBC and other radio stations. He has also presented more than 12 international research papers and directed hundreds of media advocacy programs for various international and local media organizations. Further, he has published more than 12 books on media and development.
Jane Regan is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker who lived and worked in Haiti for most of the past two decades. Her work has been featured by the Miami Herald, Associated Press Television News, PBS, BBC, Inter Press Service and numerous other outlets. Regan has also produced or co-produced three award-winning documentaries.
A contributor to several books, Regan has taught investigative journalism and other courses at three universities and has co-founded and served as editor/coordinator for three newsrooms, one in Somerville, Massachusetts, and two in Haiti, including the internationally recognized Haiti Grassroots Watch partnership, which watchdogs post-earthquake reconstruction.
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Danghelly Giovanna Zuniga Reyes
University of Rosario, Bogata
Danghelly Giovanna Zuniga Reyes is a professor of Journalism and Public Opinion at the University of Rosario, Bogata, Colombia.
Reyes has a degree in sociology from the National University of Colombia, a master’s in Political Science, and a Magistra Communication as well as a PhD in Social and Human Sciences from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
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Erika Rodrigues is from Mozambique and holds a masters degree in Social Anthropology from Columbia University, with a focus on Development Practice and Resource Management in Africa.
Erika has researched extensively on the socio-economic and political opportunities and challenges of the development of the extraction industry in resource-rich countries as well as on the role of the media in increasing the chance of those opportunities rather than the challenges.
She is currently working on improving communication between mining, oil and gas companies and affected local communities through mobile phone solutions.
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Bucaramanga
Ivonne Rodríguez is a professor and journalist at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and VerdadAbierta.com. She is specialized in covering the Colombian armed conflict, and especially in documenting cases on land disputes.
Rodríguez attained a journalism degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga and a masters in Political Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She teaches journalism and is a director of the magazine Plataforma of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
Rodríguez is a Premio Simón Bolívar winner of 2013 in the category Best Internet Research and Premio Semana-Petrobras winner of 2009 for Best Coverage of a regional process. She was a finalist in 2014 and 2013 for the Latin American Award for Investigative Journalism (IPYS) for her research on land grabs. In 2001, she won a EuropeAid Innovation Award.
Rodríguez taught at the Universities of Rosario and Minuto de Dios, and has been a journalist at Votebien.com – a site associated with Vanguardia Liberal newspaper of Santander, the national daily La Prensa of Panama and Semana magazine, which is specialized in the coverage of elections.
Autonomous University of the Caribbean Barranquilla-Altantico
Martha Romero is a full-time faculty member of the social sciences and humanities department at the Autonomous University of the Caribbean Barranquilla-Altantico, Colombia.
Romero also teaches Direction and Production of Radio and Television, and researches issues related to communication for social change, specifically education and social-media ownership.
Romero is a Comunicadora Social-journalist with a BA in Languages, a Project Management Specialist, and an expert in teaching for the development of autonomous learning.
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“Social Journalism and Appropriation of Knowledge” (Spanish)
OpenUp, Cape Town
Lailah Ryklief works in curriculum development and provides training and mentoring through OpenUp’s Data Literacy Programme (previously Code for South Africa).
She was also a part of OpenUp’s Data Journalism Academy where she previously held the title of Newsroom Developer. With a background in interactive media, design and film, Ryklief has been involved in academics and education, working with GetSmarter/University of Cape Town on content development for online curriculum.
Milagros Salazar is an investigative journalist and university professor specialed in database use. She is also the Director of investigative nonprofit newsroom Convoca, which is based in Lima and a member of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Salazar is a coordinador at Investigate Lava Jato, a cross-border project with 20 journalists from 11 countries in Latin America and Africa that aims to develop and disseminate in-depth reports on corruption throughout the world.
Salazar has worked as a reporter and editor in various national-circulation daily newspapers in Peru, including La República, where she specialized in covering political issues and social-environmental conflicts. She published the first large-scale investigative data journalism report in IDL-Reporteros, revealing serious irregularities in Peru’s multimillion-dollar fishing industry. Her investigative series was a winner of IPYS’ 2012 Latin American Investigative Journalism Award. Salazar also participated in the Pulitzer Prize-winning global investigative project ” The Panama Papers.”
Anya Schiffrin is the director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs. She teaches courses on media and development and innovation as well as the course “Media, Human Rights and Social Change”. Among other topics, she writes on journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector.
Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal.
She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance. Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism. Her most recent book is “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World” (New Press 2014).
Giannna Segnini heads the Data Concentration Program at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the head of the investigative team at «La Nacion» in Costa Rica. Their investigations led to the prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public servants in Costa Rica, UK, USA, France and Finland. This resulted in that two former presidents in Costa Rica were convicted for corruption. Segnini has been training journalists all over Latin-America and the U.S. in computer-assisted reporting for years. She is a well know speaker at conferences all around the world and has received several international prizes for her work.
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
Bruce Shapiro is executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City.
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Wang Shiyu (Vincent) is a Lecturer at the School of International Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He also does freelance work at Xinhua News Agency, and is a Sports Commentator at CCTV5
Shiyu does research on Investigative journalism, News writing and reporting, and Sports journalism.
His publications include “Media Image of Chinese Sports” and “A Narrative Study On the Discourse Transition of Sports Reporting.”
Shiyu also translated the “Picture History of the Second World War.”
University of Missouri
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Margarita Torres is a full time professor at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She specializes in ethics and journalism, the right to information and professionalism in journalism. She’s also the co-founder of the Periodistas de a Pie network.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Marcelo Träsel is a lecturer at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and creator of the Digital Journalism specialization course at the same university.
Träsel holds a journalism degree and a master’s degree in Communication and Information Science from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Since 2009 Träsel has been researching the impact of technology in newsrooms culture as a PhD student at PUCRS. He is fiscal advisor for the Brazilian Investigative Reporters Association (ABRAJI).
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“Learning to be guided by data: the training of journalists team Estadão Data” (Portuguese)
Radford University, Virginia
Twange Kasoma, a native of Zambia who has also done journalistic work there, currently serves as an associate professor of journalism at Radford University in Virginia. She teaches a variety of courses in journalism and communication studies, which include news writing and reporting, specialized journalism, media and society, and communication theory.
Prior to joining Radford, Kasoma taught at Emory & Henry College (also in Virginia), where her legacy included establishing a successful study abroad program to Zambia. The study abroad program involved setting her students up with internships with Zambian media. Her research interests include professionalism and ethics among African journalists, media and politics, and the role of the media in African society.
American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
Anastasia Valeeva is a data journalism trainer and open data researcher. She has researched the use of open data in investigative data journalism as part of her fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford. She has taught data journalism at Data Bootcamps in Montenegro and Germany, Data Journalism Summer Institutes in Kyrgyzstan and Albania, at the Higher School of Economics, Russia and is currently a data journalism lecturer at the American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan.
The Intercept, Washington DC
Margot Williams is currently an investigative researcher at The Intercept, and previously at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), NPR, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has pursued jihadists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated war contractors and followed the money (and private jets) of mayors, governors, senators, presidential candidates, and ex-presidents. Williams has spread her passion for investigative journalism at numerous international workshops over the years.