Author Biographies

Agron Bajrami is the Editor in Chief of Koha Ditore, the largest daily newspaper in Kosovo. Bajrami filled various journalistic and editing positions at the newspaper since its establishment in 1997, and took over as Editor in Chief in September 2004. Bajrami is also the head of the Kosovo Media Institute, and a regular columnist for Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti.

Aida Al-Kaisy is a media reform advisor and EJN Programmes Consultant. She has worked extensively on media development projects across the Middle East and North Africa. Al-Kaisy is completing a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she also teaches on media in conflict.

Aidan White is the Founder and President of the Ethical Journalism Network. White founded the EJN in 2012 after he left the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) where he was General Secretary for 25 years. He has written extensively on human rights, ethics and journalism issues and played a leading role in establishing International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global network of free expression campaigners and the International News Safety Institute (INSI).

Alan Rusbridger was editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media between 1995 and 2015. He is now Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Rusbridger’s career began at the Cambridge Evening News before he joined the Guardian in 1979. During his tenure, The Guardian’s journalism won multiple awards, including being nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2006. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times.

Alison Bethel McKenzie is Executive Director of the Society of Professional Journalists, based in the United States. Celebrating its 110th anniversary, it is the oldest and largest broad-based, membership journalism organisation in America. The SPJ Code of Ethics is widely used by journalists throughout the US and around the world. Bethel McKenzie is an adviser to the EJN.

Chris Elliott served as the readers’ editor at The Guardian having been appointed managing editor in February 2000. Elliott has worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, chief reporter for the Sunday Correspondent and assistant news editor for the Times. He has also served on the board of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and the Nomination Committee of the Reuters Founders Share Company until 2015. He chaired the UK’s major journalism training body, between 2010 and 2016. Elliott was the EJN’s interim CEO and Director from April 2018 to April 2019 and has now returned to his role as a trustee.

Dorothy Byrne is Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four Television. Films she has commissioned have won numerous International Emmy, BAFTA and RTS awards. She is a Fellow of The Royal Television Society and in 2018 won the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Royal Television Society Journalism awards. She has also been awarded Scottish BAFTA and Women in Film and Television awards. Byrne is a Visiting Professor at Leicester De Montfort University and in 2018 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Sheffield University. Byrne is the chair of the EJN.

Elva Narcia is a journalist and media development specialist who has worked in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Norway, Pakistan, UK, Spain and South Sudan. After more than twenty years living and working overseas, she returned to Mexico, and founded Glifos Comunicaciones A.C – a media for development social enterprise – and launched a women´s national network to promote and encourage female civic and political participation. For 15 years she was a senior journalist with the BBC World Service. Narcia is an adviser to the EJN.

Felipe Maraña Marcos (Pen name: Felipe Sahagún) is a journalist and editorial advisor to El Mundo newspaper in Spain and professor of International Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Gai Alier John, who often writes under the pen name John Actually, has worked as a journalist for the Sudan Radio Service, The New Nation newspaper, and the Sudan Tribune news website. He is the former communications officer for the Catholic Relief Service and is now a master degree student at Uganda Christian University in Kampala.

Hannah Storm became the new Director and CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network in April 2019. Storm, joined the International News Safety Institute (INSI) in 2010, becoming its director in 2012. Before joining INSI, Storm spent more than a decade working as a journalist for television and radio, online and print for outlets including the BBC, The Times, Reuters and ITN, and Oxfam.

James Ball has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, The Guardian and the Washington Post in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard Prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting. His latest book, “Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered The World” was published in 2017.

Lina Ejeilat is a co-founder and Executive Editor of 7iber, an award-winning online magazine that publishes in-depth multimedia content and critical analysis on Jordan and the Arab region. She holds an M.S in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. Ejeilat teaches Digital Media at the Jordan Media Institute and regularly leads workshops and training programs on multimedia journalism in Jordan and across the Arab region. From 2009-2011, Lina worked as a reporter with Thomson Reuters in Amman, Jordan.

Wendy Funes won the Index on Censorship Award for her fearless pursuit of investigative journalism in Honduras in 2018. Working for C-Libre, a freedom of expression organisation in Honduras, she has highlighted the continued murder of journalists. On May 31, 2017 Funes retired from C-Libre to found her own research newspaper and promote investigative journalism in her country, using data with a gendered approach and promoting transparency and access to public information.

Raffy Lerma is a freelance photographer who focuses on documenting the “war on drugs” in the Philippines. He began his career in photojournalism as a student of the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines Diliman and finished his Diploma in Photojournalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. For 12 years, Lerma worked as a staff photographer for Philippine Daily Inquirer covering the daily news beat in Metro Manila.

Salim Amin is Chairman of Camerapix, Chairman of The Mohamed Amin Foundation and co-founder and former Chairman of Africa24 Media. Amin’s father was Mohamed “Mo” Amin MBE, a Kenyan photojournalist noted for his pictures and videotapes of the Ethiopian famine that led to the Live Aid concert. He is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In December 2012, Salim was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans” by the New African magazine, which also named him in their “top 50 Under 50” Africans in May 2013. Amin is a trustee of the EJN.

Tom Kent is the former Standards Editor, Moscow bureau chief, international editor, and deputy managing editor of the Associated Press news agency. After working for AP for over four decades, Kent was the president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from 2016 to 2018. Kent is an adviser to the EJN.

Tom Law is the deputy director of the EJN, which he joined in 2015 to lead the organisation’s international media ethics campaigns and educational programmes. Prior to joining the EJN Law worked as a freelance journalist and media development consultant specialising in Sudan and South Sudan and for four years was an associate editor of Sudan Tribune news website. In 2005 he was part of the team that founded The Juba Post – an independent newspaper for South Sudan.

Dr Zahera Harb is a Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at City, University of London and associate editor of Journalism Practice. Dr Harb has more than 11 years experience as a journalist in Lebanon, working for Lebanese and international media organisations. She was a member of Ofcom’s content board from December 2015 to December 2018. Dr Harb is a trustee of the EJN.

Saving the News: Ethics and the fight for the future of journalism

Published in London by the Ethical Journalism Network

© 2019 Ethical Journalism Network

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