Hannah Storm CEO & Director

Hannah Storm is the Director and CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), a media consultant specialising in gender-based violence and gender-sensitive reporting, and the former director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI).

The Trustees of the Ethical Journalism Network – an alliance of reporters, editors and publishers aiming to strengthen journalism around the world –  appointed Hannah Storm as its new Director and CEO on 7 January 2019 and she joined the EJN in April 2019.

During her time at INSI, Storm established a vital physical and virtual safety network for its members, which included some of the world’s most best-known news organisations, including Reuters, Agence France-Press, the BBC, CNN, Globo and NHK. This network allowed them to discuss their responses to and share good practice for some of the most important security challenges of recent times.

She is co-author of The Emotional Toll on Journalists Covering the Refugee Crisis and The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones, both written for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters, published by INSI, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.

She has also worked as a freelance media consultant for different UN agencies with a specific focus on gender and media. In her freelance capacity, she is currently developing a curriculum for the Poynter Institute in Florida in partnership with the Press Forward to counter sexual harassment in the newsroom.

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. She has also worked for Oxfam.

Storm said of her appointment:

“I’ve long admired the great efforts of the Ethical Journalism Network and, having worked for many years in the field of journalism safety, I appreciate the fact that media safety and ethics often go hand in hand.

Around the world, many of our colleagues are working in increasingly difficult environments, faced with the pressures of propaganda, undermined by officialdom and embattled by a rising tide of hate speech and misinformation. Journalism is facing a crisis of trust and a fight for truth and I believe there has never been a more important time to promote sound ethics in journalism.

I feel immensely honoured to be joining the Ethical Journalism Network and to helping drive forward and expand its extremely important mission.

I am really grateful for the work that Chris Elliott has done as the EJN’s interim director and I look forward to working with him and the EJN’s founder Aidan White, as well as the rest of the dedicated and impressive team, supporting colleagues around the world to work freely and ethically.”

Read the Press Release announcing Hannah’s appointment here: Hannah Storm appointed new Director & CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network.

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