2018 Jury | Asian Media Awards

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2018 Jury

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Art Director, NRC Media, Netherlands

Jan paul van der Wijk is currently the Art-director for NRC Weekend (The main Newspaper of NRC Media). Jan paul previously worked as chief design and photography in NRC for more than 13 years. He developed several magazines and newspapers, such as NRC DeLuxe, NRC Focus, next.one and the newspaper nrc.next.

With his wealth of experience, Jan paul commisioned the yearly Photography Exhibition by the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Dokument Nederland. He also teaches photography and design as guest at universities in Amsterdam, Antwerp (Belgium), Paris (France) and Leipzig (Germany), where he teached a great amount of young Dutch photographers.

Independent Media and Communications Consultant

Khun Pichai is currently an independent media and communications consultant. He is currently working on a media project with the German development agency GIZ and ASEAN.

He has conducted various editorial workshops and journalism training programmes for ASEAN journalists and editors as well as communications and media workshops for government officials from Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand.

As of August-September 2016, after over three decades 34 years in journalism and 22 years as an editor, Pichai Chuensuksawadi stood down as Editor-in-Chief of Post Publishing and Editor of the Bangkok Post, Thailand’s leading English-language daily and oldest Thai newspaper, which celebrates its 70th anniversary on 1 August 2016.

Khun Pichai has worked as a journalist for 34 years, starting off as a proofreader in 1980 with the Bangkok Post, working his way up the ranks as a copy and layout editor of the Bangkok World (afternoon tabloid) before moving to the Bangkok Post assuming various positions such as feature writer, foreign affairs reporter, Op-ed pages sub-editor, Editor of Perspectives before finally becoming News Editor in 1992.

During his career Khun Pichai represented the Bangkok Post and Thailand as an Executive Committee and Board Member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). He was also Chairman of WAN-IFRA’s Asia Pacific Committee for over a decade before stepping down in 2017.

Journalism and Communications Consultant

Kevin Anderson is an international journalism and communications consultant with more than 15 years of global digital journalism experience. His clients have included Al Jazeera, India's Network18, Reed Business Information, CNN International and Trinity-Mirror. From 2014 to 2015, he was a regional executive editor with Gannett, the larger newspaper publisher in the US. From 2006 to 2010, he held a number of digital leadership positions with The Guardian, and from 1998 to 2006, he worked for the BBC, including more than six years as the BBC’s first online correspondent outside of the U.K.

President of INNOVATION, Media Consulting Group, UK

As a Partner at Innovation, he has directed projects all over the world helping news operations to re-invent their products and stay relevant with shifting audiences. He has worked and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent. He serves on the Advisory Board of several media companies around the world. 

He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK Site.

Mr Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. 

He is also the co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in NewsMedia and Innovation in MagazineMedia, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively.

He is a former journalist and presenter for PBS's NewsHour, EBN-Wall Street Journal TV, CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television. His work has been nominated for an EMMY and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live events and television host and presenter globally.

Design Consultant

Hans Peter has been working as consultant and designer for the media industy around the globe. Over the years he has designed numerous newspapers and weekly journals in Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Slovenia and many other countries. Next to the work of implementing creative design concepts Hans Peter is a lecturer at the Society for News Design, the Center of Journalism Haus Busch, the Journalist Academy and for the world organization of newspapers, the WAN-IFRA.

Design Consultant, Lacava Design Inc.

Lucie Lacava is a design consultant for Lacava Design Inc., a firm offering visual strategies for print and digital media. Previously, she held the position of Design Editor at the The Montreal Gazette, and AME at Le Devoir before founding her company in 1993. Since then, she has given visual personality to more than 100 publications across eight countries including the UAE and Singapore. Her professional contributions include past presidency of the Society for News Design (2001), and as founding member of the francophone chapter of SND. She has served as a judge for the CNNA, SND, SPD, ATypI, IFRA, and the Malofiej.

Editor and Director, Kvinnheringen, Norway

Tomas Bruvik, Editor and Director - Twice nominated as best newspaper in Norway. European Newspaper of the year 2016, categorie local newspaper. The last four years won the competion best localpage in competion with other local newspapers.

Picture Editor-in-Chief, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

Joakim Stahl studied at Lunds University and at International Center of Photography in New York  in the 80´s. He started as a freelance photographer and has been working in the news industry since then, both as an editor and as a photographer.  For the last 15 years he´s been picture editor-in-chief at Svenska Dagbladet in Stockholm, Sweden

Consultant and Media Strategist

Anette Novak is the former CEO of Rise Interactive, a Swedish ICT and design research institute focusing on interaction design and UX. Novak is also a member of the Tinius Trust Board of Directors since April 2017, vice president of Fojo Media institute and former board member of the World Editors Forum. In 2015-2016 she led a Media Policy Inquiry on behalf of the Swedish Government. She has a solid background from different managerial positions within the media sector. Until 2012, she was editor-in-chief of the regional media house Norran, where she attracted global attention for having launched collaborative journalism.

Head of Local Advertising, Schibsted Sverige AB, Sweden

Working within Schibsted Media Group for eight years, in Sweden, Norway and Hungary. Primarily working with business development, new technologies and commercial product development on mobile platforms. Later Sales Director for Schibsted Sweden. Currently Head of New Business Media, an innovation hub within Schibsted Media with the goal to innovate and launch new products to the market.

Founder, Epigram Books, Singapore

Edmund Wee is the founder of Epigram Books which was set up to champion Singaporean literature. It publishes mainly fiction—from picture books to graphic novels to literary bestsellers. Its authors have won all the major book prizes, including the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, Singapore Literature Prize and Singapore Book Awards since it started in 2011. It also sponsors Singapore’s richest literary award, the annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Wee Editions, another imprint, supports local designers, photographers and artists.

Assistant Chair (UG), Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University

Hedwig Alfred is currently the Assistant Chair (Undergraduate Studies) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. A former award-winning news reporter with The Straits Times and The New Paper’s first news editor, she now teaches reporting and writing modules at the university, where she has received the NTU Teaching Excellence Award for her work.

General Director, Dutch Journalism Fund, The Netherlands

René van Zanten (1955) is the General Director of the Dutch Journalism Fund.
After a few years of studying Economics, he started (1980) working as a journalist for one of the most prestigious regional newspapers in the Netherlands (Haagsche Courant). He worked as a roving reporter, covering international issues with emphasis on East-West relations. He is a German Marshall Fund alumni as well as an Atlantic Exchange alumni.

In 1995, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the big regional newspaper Utrechts Nieuwsblad and in 2003 he became the publisher/director of the biggest regional newspaper in the Netherlands, De Gelderlander. He started at the Dutch Journalism Fund in 2011.

The Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek, or Dutch Journalism Fund, supports the quality, diversity and independence of journalism in The Netherlands by promoting innovation. To achieve this goal, the fund provides grants to innovative journalism projects, conducts research and stimulates knowledge sharing across the industry.

He is the co-founder of an annual lecture on Europe and is passionate about finding ways to connect journalism to all new, current, accelerating challenges.

Researcher at University of Oxford and Harvard Business School

As a researcher at University of Oxford (UK) and Harvard Business School (USA), Grzegorz Piechota studies technology-enabled disruption patterns across industries, including news media. His research work at the HBS focuses on digital business model innovations. His project at Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism examines the impact of digital platforms on paid content models of news organisations. Piechota is an editor and news media executive with 20+ years of industry experience. He began his career at Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. His recently published research reports include "Evaluating Distributed Content in the News Media Ecosystem” (INMA, April 2016), "The Facebook-Media Relationship Status: It's Complicated" (INMA, October 2016), and “Reality check: making money with Facebook. The digital business strategy of news publishers” (WAN-IFRA, September 2017). Piechota graduated in law and lives in England.

Executive Director World Editors Forum, WAN-IFRA

Cherilyn Ireton heads up the World Editors Forum, the global network for editors within WAN-IFRA. She is a seasoned newspaper professional, having spent more than 20 years on South African newspapers, as journalist and editorial manger on the country's leading titles, the Sunday Times and Business Day. She rose to be Chief Operating Officer of BDFM Publishers, the business media joint venture between Pearson, owners of the Financial Times, and Times Media in South Africa which published Business Day newspaper, the Financial Mail magazine and Summit TV. She relocated to the UK in 2005 and owned an ran a London-based media consultancy, Presslinks, which advised a variety of international organizations and foreign governments.

Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Francis L.F. Lee (PhD, Stanford University, 2003) is Director and Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the lead or sole author of Media and Protest Logics in the Digital Era: The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong (Oxford University Press, 2018), Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press and Public Opinion in Hong Kong (Hong Kong University Press, 2014), and Media, Social Mobilization, and Mass Protests in Post-colonial Hong Kong (Routledge, 2011). He is the Chief Editor of the Chinese Journal of Communication and associate editor of Mass Communication & Society. He also serves on the editorial boards of eight international journals in the field of media and communication studies.

Co-Founder & CEO, Quintillion Media, India

Ritu Kapur is the co-founder and CEO of The Quint and a Board Member at Oxford University’s prestigious Reuters Institute Of Journalism as well as World Editor's Forum. She used to head Programming at History Channel, was Features Editor at CNN IBN, where she launched the popular CJ (Citizen Journalist) Show, among others. Ritu Kapur has been recognized by Outlook Business as "Woman of Worth 2017 - The Newsmaker".

Under her leadership, The Quint has grown by nearly 250% Year on Year in terms of both Unique Users and Pageviews, and seen a 100%+ growth in revenue, and pulled in some of the biggest clients in the industry. She has also driven the redesign of The Quint's website, founded the proprietary interactive microsite format "Quint Lab", and launched the health content platform "Quint Fit".

Along with being an accomplished leader, she has spearheaded many initiatives and campaigns tackling social issues. Some of her most successful campaigns are Register To Vote and Power Of 49, which championed a manifesto for women, who comprise 49 per cent of the population. Another significant initiative was The Quint's partnership with BBC, which led to the birth of #SwachhDigital India, a campaign against fake news.

Ritu Kapur has also strived to provide multiple platforms for free speech. One such platform is Talking Stalking, where The Quint collaborated with senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal and Member of Parliament Dr Shashi Tharoor to draft and submit a Bill in Parliament to make stalking a non-bailable offence. Others include The Quint's Independence Day campaign "BOL", and citizen journalism platform "Citizen Q".

Ritu Kapur has spoken at many important events, such as CII's Big Picture 2017 where she talked about Monetizing Digital News, and WAN-IFRA's "Digital Media 2016". She was also a speaker at WAN-IFRA's first "Global Women in News Summit" in Durban, 2016.

Investigative Reporter and Video Journalist, ICIJ

Scilla Alecci is an investigative reporter and video journalist for International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Scilla heads ICIJ's Asia Desk, coordinating the investigative work of ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy, before coming to the U.S., Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organizations. In 2016 she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Her work has also been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. Scilla holds master's degrees in East Asian studies and journalism. She recently published a book in Japanese about the Panama Papers and the new frontiers of investigative journalism. In addition to being a reporter with ICIJ, Scilla was invited to become an ICIJ member in 2017.

Expert Advisor, WAN-IFRA Global Advisory

Steffen Damborg (MBA) is a Digital Director and board member with more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of running an online business in the Scandinavian media market, and a digital disruption specialist. Currently his focus is on the DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION of the media industry, different aspects of online media publishing, strategic development and emergent approaches towards new sustainable digital business models in the disrupted Nordic region media market. In 2016 he was appointed Group Discussion Leader within the area of the Business of Media & Entertainment at Harvard Business School.

VP of Innovation and Planning, Austin American-Statesman (Cox Media Group), USA

Austin American-Statesman (@Statesman) vice president of innovation. New dad! Recent Texan, relocated Detroiter. Designer, editor and convener. Formers: @freep, @heraldleader, @ydrcom, @dailyorange. Past president of the international Society for News Design, (@SND), co-director SND-Charlotte #SNDCLT. INMA North American board member. Syracuse grad, beleaguered Tigers fan. And sadly, @dorsey ≠ @jack

Senior Graphics Editor, National Geographic

Alberto Lucas López joined National Geographic as Senior Graphics Editor in 2016. He studied journalism at the University of Navarra and began his career at Spanish newspaper El Correo. He spent three years at the South China Morning Post, where he set a record of 33 individual awards at SNDs Best of News Design in 2015 as Graphics Director. In just eight years of career His individual work has been renowned with more than 100 SND, Malofiej, WAN-IFRA, European Newspaper Awards, DJA Global Editors Network, Kantar Information Is Beatiful Awards, SOPA and Laus Awards, among others.

Lecturer, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

Mr Eugene Lim has more than 10 years of experience in the Media industry, specializing in investigative journalism, documentary production, news operations and media convergence. He was an investigative reporter in Shin Min Daily News before leaving for MediaCorp, where he produced documentaries for current affair programmes such as Frontline and won the 2005 Star Award for Best Documentary for his coverage of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Besides winning local awards, one of his documentaries about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has also made it to the 2010 New York Film Festival as a finalist. His last appointment held in MediaCorp was the Editor of a current affairs programme before joining the teaching profession. Prior to joining WKWSCI, he was working with a Polytechnic as a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Broadcast Cluster for the institution’s media lab. He has led students in winning competitions and empowered them to fulfil their career aspirations as media professionals.

Editor of the Toronto Star, Canada

Michael Cooke was appointed Editor of the Toronto Star on March 1, 2009. He was raised near Lancaster in Northern England and began his career at age 17 as an apprentice reporter. He moved on to work in and around London’s Fleet Street, and at Bristol’s Western Daily Press.

 In 1974, Michael emigrated to Toronto where he became assistant national editor at The Star, Canada's largest newspaper.  In 1977, he moved to The Gazette in Montreal where he served as assistant city editor, city editor and co-managing editor.  He moved to The Edmonton Journal in 1992 as managing editor. He became editor in chief of The Vancouver Province in 1995.

During the winter and spring of 1998, Michael was one of a team of founding editors of Canada’s new national newspaper, The National Post.  And, for the summer of 1998, Michael served as the last editor of The Financial Post. He supervised the paper’s merger with the new national newspaper.  During both periods, Michael continued to edit The Province, commuting between Toronto and Canada’s west coast.

Michael Cooke was named editor in chief of the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000.

He was appointed editor in chief of the New York Daily News in January of 2005, returning to Chicago as Vice-President of Editorial for the Chicago Sun-Times news Group (100 titles) in 2006.

Michael was also re-appointed editor in chief of the Sun-Times in the fall of 2006.

Michael has travelled extensively in Africa in the last five years, most notable doing pro-bono work for the Canadian-based Journalists For Human Rights foundation. He has given journalism seminars in many countries, with longer stays in Congo, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has recently become a videographer


Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design, University of Bolzano, Italy

Lisa Borgenheimer is an Assistant Professor and Researcher in Information Design at the Free University of Bolzano (IT). She is specialized on information graphics for analogue and digital media. She worked for serval newspapers and magazines, like Süddeutsche Zeitung, ZEIT Online, magazine 137.5, etc.  Her main research field is the methodology and process of Information Design on various media and she is an expert in conception, designing and developing static and interactive information graphics. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of Information Design, at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (DE) and is working on various projects, like a multimedial toolset for the „participatory budgeting in Mals“ (unibz) and „Visual Storytelling for education“ (unibz).

Journalism Lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore

Jessica Tan is a journalism lecturer at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. A seasoned journalist with 15 years of industry experience, she has worked for The Straits Times, Channel i News, Dow Jones Newswires and Forbes Asia. She has been contributing to Forbes Asia since 2006.

Visiting Professor of Practice Cass Business School City, University of London

George Brock is a journalist, consultant and Visiting Professor at City, University of London, where he directed the journalism school 2009-14.

He began his reporting career at the Yorkshire Evening Press and The Observer, joining The Times in 1981. After starting at The Times as a feature writer, he became a features editor and, in 1984, op-ed page editor. He was subsequently foreign editor, Brussels bureau chief, European Editor, Managing Editor and Saturday Editor.

He advises the INJECT and DMINR journalism research projects and startups in news. He is on the board of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Gresham College. He was on the board of the World Editors Forum 2001-14 and WEF’s president 2004-08. He was a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

He broadcasts, lectures and is the author of Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age (2013). His study of the ‘right to be forgotten’ was published in 2016. He blogs at http://georgebrock.net

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