2017 Jury | Asian Media Awards

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2017 Jury

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AMA2017 Juries

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.

Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard & The Independent

Doug Wills is Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent. His role involves working closely with all editorial executives and dealing daily with circulation, advertising and production directors co-ordinating the complex operation of producing daily newspapers and their editorial digital channels.

More than 900,000 copies of the Evening Standard are distributed every afternoon giving a daily readership in print and across its fast-expanding digital platforms of 11 million readers a month. 

The Evening Standard is recognised as setting the agenda in politics and business, as well as being first with major news and sports stories.  In early 2009 the Evening Standard was bought from Associated Newspapers by Alexander Lebedev.  The following year the Lebedev family purchased The Independent.  The i newspaper was launched by the group later that year and became widely regarded as an outstanding success having been launched when the sales of other national newspapers were and have continued to decline.  The ESI Media group has invested in digital platforms of The Independent which now have more than 75 million unique users.

Doug Wills began his career as a trainee reporter with Thomson Regional Newspapers.  He held a number of positions in the provincial press, including deputy editor, before moving to London in 1986 at the time Robert Maxwell was launching the short-lived London Daily News and the London newspaper market was as competitive as it is today.

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, Lamb Consulting, USA

Peter Lamb

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Lamb is a Strategy Consultant, now living in Miami, Florida, and specialising in media companies. "The goal of my consulting practice is to utilise the sophisticated strategic marketing principles and techniques, learned while doing my MBA at Harvard Business School, meshing them with a hands-on sales approach, to generate new revenue streams for publications and websites. ROI is achieved by focusing on NEW-NEW revenue ... from customers that have never used our products before: print or online."

Visiting Professor, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Taylor’s professional’s recognitions include National Photographer of the Year, Northern Photographer of the Year, New England Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage the Afghanistan trauma hospital won numerous international and national awards, and his work has appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice).

Taylor was recently hired as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Senior Duty Editor Technology, DIE WELT, Germany

Torsten has been with Axel Springer for more than 30 years in various management roles of IT and technology. Torsten has been leading all the major projects in the newsroom at DIE WELT. Projects of implementing new technology and workflows for print, online and digital and the transformation process of changing the newsroom from a print-focus to a story-centric and digital-first focus.

Editorial Vice-President, RBS Group, Brazil

Marcelo Rech, is the editorial Vice-President RBS Group, one of the leading media groups in Brazil. With its HQ in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, the group owns 18 TV stations, 2 community TV stations, 25 radio stations, 8 newspapers and internet portals, among other media businesses.

Marcelo was a former reporter, specialized in internal and international conflicts. Among his coverages are five expeditions to Antarctica, the fall of the Soviet Union and the economic transition in Russia, the Gulf War, the war in the Balkans, the UN intervention in Mozambique, the crisis in Cuba and several coup d'etats and military risings in Latin America, besides many investigative pieces and extensive stories in Brazil.

In 1993, he became managing editor of Zero Hora, the main newspaper of RBS. Between 1997 and 2008, he was the editor of Zero Hora and the other seven newspapers of the group. From 2008 to 2011, Marcelo was appointed the first Content Director of RBS, in charge of media operations in four media platforms, which involved about 1,100 journalists and 800 people from different sectors and regions.

In 2012, he became general director of the four RBS newspapers situated in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and in 2013 Marcelo was assigned executive director of Journalism, a position that includes the editorial ethics guidelines within the Group.

Since January 2016, he's RBS's first-ever Editorial Vice-President.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the board of the World Editors Forum and in 2013 he became the first chairman of the board of WAN-IFRA Latin America. He is also director of the Interamerican Press Association (IAPAS) and a member of the editorial committee of the Brazilian Newspaper Association (ANJ). He also integrates the superior councils of Palavra Aberta ("Open Word"), an institution in defense of freedom of expression in Brazil, and CONAR, the Brazilian self-regulatory system for advertising. In 2015, he was appointed by ANJ as a member of the Communication Council of the Brazilian Senate.

Partner, Innovation International Media Consulting Group, UK

Juan Señor
Juan Señor is a Partner at Innovation Media Consulting Group based in London. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

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.

His projects with Innovation have won numerous accolades, in particular Best Newspaper Concept and Design in the World and/or in Europe continuously from 2004 to 2011.

Business Director, The Byrne Partnership Ltd, UK

Eamonn Byrne progressed through the advertising & commercial departments of prestigious regional newspaper groups to become Commercial Director and MD of newspaper titles. He has been Deputy Director General & Business Director of the World Association of Newspapers for 7 years and speaks regularly at major international events on newspaper strategy and was for 10 years until 2010, the responsible consultant/partner for research, business and content strategy for the World Association of Newspapers. Eamonn continues his association with WAN-IFRA as special Advisor and consultant on Media Development Projects to the WAN-IFRA Press Freedom and Media Development Board.

Design Consultant

Hans Peter Janisch has been working as a newspaper designer and consultant for the past 20 years. During this time, he has redesigned numerous papers in various countries. He was one of the founders of the German branch of the Society for News Design and served as SND International Director for more than 10 years

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 for the local newspaper Kvinnheringen in Norway. In 2016 Kvinnheringen was honored as European Newspaper of the year in European Newspaper Award.

Picture Editor-in-Chief

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

Founder / Creative Director, 5W Infographics LLC, USA

Juan Velasco is the Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics. He was Art Director of National Geographic magazine from 2008 to 2014. Previously, he was Graphics Art Director for The New York Times, and a graphics reporter for El Mundo (Spain).

Juan has won over a hundred awards from the Society of News Design, the Society of Publication Design and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as part of a team at The New York Times.

Editor-in-Chief, La Nación, Argentina

Carlos Guyot

Carlos Guyot was born in Buenos Aires in 1969. He's a journalist and designer and, since early 2014, is the Editor-in-Chief of Argentine daily La Nación. He started his carreer in the Sunday magazine of the company in 1996, working as journalist and designer. He then became Design Director and in 2009, the company's first Innovation Director.

In the most recent years, he led the teams responsible for the newspaper's modernisation process. He studied Journalism in the University of Buenos Aires and Social Communication in Austral University, where he was a teacher for 10 years. He holds a Media MBA from Navarra University in Spain. He is a founding member of FOPEA (Argentine Journalism Forum) and the Society for News Design, SND.

CEO, Checkout Australia Pty Ltd, Australia

Peter Ong is a newspaper consultant in Sydney, Australia. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has redesigned newspapers and magazines in 12 countries from Samoa in the Pacific to Saudi Arabia. He was, until recently, the long-serving regional director for the Society for News Design. Peter has been a regular speaker at international newspaper conferences all over the world. He also conducts training programmes for media organisations. Peter is passionate about content development and new technologies and how both can work together for the betterment of the media.

CEO, Rise Interactive, Sweden

Anette Novak is the CEO of Rise Interactive, a Swedish ICT and design research institute focusing on interaction design and UX. Anette is vice president of Fojo Media institute and  board member of the World Editors Forum. 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.

Executive Director, Society for News Design, USA

Stephen Komives is an executive director of the Society for News Design, a role he assumed in 2009 after spending 20 years as an editor and visual director at several newspapers, most recently at the Orlando Sentinel. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As leader of SND, he serves as an ambassador for visual journalism around the globe, and has created initiatives to push SND’s digital programs and its international mission.

Deputy Design Director, Houston Chronicle

Charles Apple is a longtime news artist, graphics reporter, designer, editor and blogger. The former Focus page editor of the Orange County Register and graphics director of the Virginian-Pilot and the Des Moines Register, he spent five years as an international consultant and instructor. Currently, he’s deputy design director for the Houston Chronicle.

Editor in Chief, Schibsted Media Group

Bernt Olufsen is a norwegian journalist, editor and media commentator, living in Oslo, Norway. Ha started his career as a reporter for regional newspaper Adresseavisen in 1975. Editor-in-Chief of Norway´s leading daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG) 1994 – 2011.

President of Schibsted Editors Forum 2007 – 2016. Various board asignments within media companies in Spain, France, Estonia and Norway 2011 – 2016. Trustee and board member of Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), London, 2015 -. Mentor for WAN IFRA in Myanmar and Vietnam since 2016. Head of Jury Investigative Journalism Awards in Norway. Media blog: berntoluf.wordpress.com/.

Director Media Programme Asia, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Torben Stephan has studied political science at the Free University of Berlin and worked many years as a journalist, editor and correspondent for different newspapers in Germany.
Following journalism he held different positions in several election campaigns on regional and national level for the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Germany. In 2009, he was part of Angela Merkel’s campaigning team being responsible for content marketing, concepts and her Facebook page.

Head of Local Advertising, Schibsted Sverige AB, Sweden

Frida Kvarnström has been working at Schibsted Media Group for seven years i Norway, Hungary and currently Sweden. She has focused on ad technology and how to increase digital revenues primarily through mobile devices. During the last years she has work on strengthening Schibsted's local position and opened up new offices around Sweden offering geo located advertising to local medium and small businesses.

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.

Director, Dutch Journalism

René van Zanten is the director of the Dutch Journalism Fund. Sponsored by the Dutch government, the Fund strives to help journalism to find new ways, both reporting and business. The fund does this by means of innovation programs and research. René was a journalist, editor-in-chief and a publisher of three mayor regional newspapers in the Netherlands.

SEA Correspondent, El País, Spain

Paloma Almoguera is a Spanish reporter with over 10 years of international experience. She has been correspondent of EFE (Spanish News Agency) in East Africa (Kenya), Europe (Switzerland) and China, where she lived over the past five years. She has recently moved to Singapore and currently freelances for Spanish newspaper "El País", reporting on Southeast Asia current affairs.

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.

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