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Access to all human knowledge is at our fingertips. But we’re entering into a crisis of reason.
Propaganda warfare is increasingly shaping narratives, policies and lives around the world.
Money and power. Disinformation. Authoritarian technology. We are tracking how global trends are reshaping your world.
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Editorial decisions benefit from guidance provided by an advisory board of senior journalists and media professionals from around the world. Editorial advisory board members are
Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she runs a project on 21st century disinformation. She is the author of several books, including Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine; Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 and Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction. Her newest book, Twilight of Democracy, will appear in July 2020. She was a Washington Post columnist for fifteen years and is a former member of the Washington Post editorial board, a former deputy editor of the Spectator, and a former Warsaw correspondent of the Economist. Her work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Foreign Affairs and many other publications. She lives in Warsaw and London.
Peter Bale is a London-based journalist and media consultant. He’s been working on projects with Facebook to counter disinformation. He’s the former CEO of investigative journalism group The Center for Public Integrity has held senior roles at CNN, Microsoft, News Corp, The Financial Times and Reuters. He’s long been an advocate for freedom of journalistic speech and is on the board of whistleblower protection group The Signals Network.
Thomas Dworzak is a photographer and current president of Magnum. Thomas has covered many major breaking stories around the world: from wars in the Caucasus in the 1990s to the US presidential campaigns, Hurricane Katrina, and the revolutions in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.
His dramatic pictures of the Fall of Grozny were widely published and received several awards. Thomas spent the years following the 9/11 attacks covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their impact on the U.S. During a several-months assignment in Afghanistan for The New Yorker, he discovered studio portraits of the Taliban. This became his first of several books, “Taliban.”
After documenting the deployment of Georgian ISAF troops in Afghanistan, Thomas spent years on a project documenting the legacy of the First World War in about 80 countries around the world.
Emily Goligoski is the senior director of audience research at The Atlantic. She previously served as research director for the Membership Puzzle Project at New York University after working as a user experience researcher at The New York Times. Emily completed her Master’s in Learning, Design & Technology at Stanford. She previously worked at Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and studied journalism at Northwestern. Emily has written for The Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, and other sites that produce coverage worth paying for.
Suketu Mehta is the New York-based author of “This Land is Their Land” and “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found,” which won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize, and the Guardian First Book Award. He has won the Whiting Writers’ Award, the O. Henry Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction. Mehta’s work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Granta, Harper’s Magazine, Time, and Newsweek, and has been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “All Things Considered.” Mehta is an Associate Professor of Journalism at New York University and he is also working on a nonfiction book about immigrants in contemporary New York, for which he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Mehta has written original screenplays for films, including “New York, I Love You.” Mehta was born in Calcutta and raised in Bombay and New York. He is a graduate of New York University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Claudia Milne has more than twenty years experience in television and online journalism. At the BBC she led the launch of new television programs and developed new video formats on the web.
As a television producer Milne worked around the world, covering major news events, producing long form pieces and investigations for the BBC’s Newsnight program. She has worked in the US for more than 13 years where she reported from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in 2012 led the coverage of the 2012 US election for BBC Online. More recently she relaunched Bloomberg Television’s daily programming.
Her work has been recognized at the Emmys and the Peabodys.
Claudia is currently the Managing Editor for CBS This Morning.
Natalie Nougayrede is a member of The Guardian’s editorial board and a columnist. She’s launched and edited the Guardian’s Europe Now series. She is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, researching ‘Building a pan-European media’. She was previously the editor-in-chief of Le Monde, and before that, its diplomatic correspondent (2006 to 2013) and Moscow bureau chief (2001-2005). She was awarded the Albert Londres journalism prize in 2005 for her coverage of the Chechnya war. She serves on the board of the Primo Levi Centre in Paris, an NGO which helps refugees. She is a member of the Körber foundation’s History Reflection Group, and a member of the ECFR Council.
Rishad Patel is a product designer and the co-founder of Splice. For over 20 years, he has designed products and brands for the web, radio, podcasting, advertising, news, and print for companies in Asia, New Zealand, Europe, and the US. He was a design consultant for MIT and ETH, and for brands in Singapore, New Zealand, India, and the US. He also co-founded a gifting app startup in San Francisco.
Vivian Schiller is a longtime executive at the intersection of journalism, media and technology. She recently joined the Aspen Institute as Executive Director heading up programs across media, technology and cybersecurity.
Over the last 30 years, Vivian has held executive roles at some of the most respected media organizations in the world. Those include: President and CEO of NPR; Global Chair of News at Twitter; General Manager of NYTimes.com; Chief Digital Office of NBC News; chief of the Discovery Times Channel, a joint venture of The New York Times and Discovery Communications; and head of CNN documentary and long form divisions. Documentaries and series produced under her auspices earned multiple honors, including three Peabody Awards, four Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, and dozens of Emmys.
Schiller is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Director of the Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian. She is also strategic advisor to Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
Tim Sebastian is a television journalist and novelist. He is the moderator of Conflict Zone on Deutsche Welle. He previously worked for the BBC, where he hosted The Doha Debates and was the first presenter of HARDtalk. He also presented Bloomberg TV’s The Outsider, an India-focused debating programme. Early on in his career, he was a BBC foreign correspondent based in Warsaw, Moscow and Washington, D.C.
Sebastian was twice named Interviewer of the Year by the Royal Television Society and received the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby award for the most important contributions to factual television. He is the author of nine novels and two non-fiction books.
Paul E. Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 through 2012. He now serves as the Executive Chairman of ProPublica.
Previously, Steiger served as the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007, during which time the Journal’s reporters and editors, whom he led, received 16 Pulitzer Prizes. He worked before that as a reporter and editor for the Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
Steiger is a senior adviser to the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and to the Committee to Protect Journalists, having previously served as chairman. He was for nine years a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the last as its chairman.
Mary Walter-Brown is the founder and CEO of the News Revenue Hub, a nonprofit, mission-driven media organization that helps news outlets successfully develop membership programs. Formerly the publisher at Voice of San Diego, Mary is a trailblazer in the nonprofit news sector leading the charge for news outlets to build diverse and sustainable revenue through audience engagement. Working with dozens of news organizations around the United States, including Inside Climate News, The Marshall Project and Politifact, the News Revenue Hub provides a collaborative environment where digital news innovators can experiment, solve problems and trade best practices. Mary is a 2016 graduate of the Punch Sulzberger executive leadership fellowship at Columbia University. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two children.
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