Class of 2016

Oleksandr Akymenko ('16)

Oleksandr Akymenko

Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow
publisher,, Kyiv, Ukraine

Challenge: How can we implement new business models to sustain independent media in developing markets?

Nathalie Alvaray ('16)

Nathalie Alvaray

Yahoo! International Fellow
director of content,, Caracas, Venezuela

Challenge: How can we develop a journalist-centered innovation model to promote entrepreneurship and sustainable new media under adverse political and economic conditions?

Sarah Alvarez ('16)

Sarah Alvarez

senior producer and reporter, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Challenge: How do we fill the information gaps faced by low-income news consumers?

Susan Cagle ('16)

Susie Cagle

independent reporter and illustrator, Oakland, Calif.

Challenge: How can we better support the growing field of professional media freelancers?

Jenée Desmond-Harris ('16)

Jenée Desmond-Harris

staff writer,, Washington, D.C.

Challenge: How can we translate academic insights about race and racism into conversation-changing journalism?

Jacob Fenton ('16)

Jacob Fenton

editorial engineer, Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Challenge: How can we build free tools to help reporters extract data from scanned forms?

Liz Gannes ('16)

Liz Gannes

senior editor, Re/code, San Francisco

Challenge: How can we create a location-based platform for distributing news, tying stories to where they took place?

Aaron Glantz ('16)

Aaron Glantz

veterans reporter, The Center for Investigative Reporting, Emeryville, Calif.

Challenge: How can we develop a new strategy to engage newsrooms in exposing the effects of war on the home front?

Ling Huawei ('16)

Huawei Ling

Enlight Foundation Fellow
managing editor, Caixin Weekly, Beijing

Challenge: How can we structure news organizations to support continual innovation and restore the influence of professional media in the Internet Age?

Astrid Maier ('16)

Astrid Maier

chief technology correspondent, manager magazin, Hamburg, Germany

Challenge: How can we use technology to empower women in newsrooms to take on leadership positions?

Tonya Mosley ('16)

Tonya Mosley

broadcast contributor, Al Jazeera America, Seattle

Challenge: How can local television news stations establish and maintain consistent and meaningful engagement with audiences?

Kristen Muller ('16)

Kristen Muller

senior managing editor, Southern California Public Radio, Los Angeles

Challenge: How can public radio leverage its audience to take a more proactive role during crises?

Jacqueline Park ('16)

Jacqueline Park

executive director, The Walkley Foundation, Sydney

Challenge: How can we create a program specifically tailored to journalists and media in Australia to encourage investment in new media and embed innovation in journalism?

Daniela Pinheiro ('16)

Daniela Pinheiro

Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow
senior reporter, Revista Piauí, Rio de Janeiro

Challenge: How can digital media engage Brazil’s emerging middle class with the news?

Tracie Powell ('16)

Tracie Powell

founder and editor, All Digitocracy, Washington, D.C.

Challenge: How can we make newsrooms more diverse and connect with increasingly diverse audiences?

Naomi Starkman ('16)

Naomi Starkman

founder and editor-in-chief, Civil Eats, Sonoma County, Calif.

Challenge: How can we make food policy news part of our daily media diet?

Matilde Suescun ('16)

Matilde Suescun

director, digital, community empowerment initiatives, Univision, Miami

Challenge: How can we develop a narrative about education on mobile devices for Spanish-speaking Hispanics?

Craig Timberg ('16)

Craig Timberg

national technology reporter, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Challenge: How can we put foreign correspondence on sound financial footing in a digital news marketplace?

Subramaniam Vincent ('16)

Subramaniam Vincent

managing director/editor-in-chief, Oorvani Media, Bangalore, India

Challenge: How can city newsrooms systematically track and capture data from complex issues independent of reporters’ efforts?