Ghazala Irshad is a freelance journalist who has most recently worked as Social Media Manager for The GroundTruth Project foreign correspondence outlet, and for the UAE-produced, social media-driven travel show Peeta Planet. Previously, she was based in Egypt covering the Arab Spring while completing her Master’s in TV & Digital Journalism at the American University in Cairo. Her work has appeared in Gawker, CNN, The Cairo Review of Foreign Affairs, World Policy Institute, and Roads and Kingdoms, among others. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
A trained multimedia journalist, Grace Li was with Reuters for more than three years where she wrote about a wide range of topics from China’s social issues to Hong Kong’s biggest graft case. Grace currently works as an investigator who is engaged in projects to help reduce corruption in Asia.
Grace earned her Bachelor’s degree from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. During school years she worked for BBC and ABC News in Hong Kong, as well as China’s national media and the Olympic Committee in Beijing.
Since 2009 I have been working in the newspaper and in the online media. Kaliningrad (Russia) regional newspaper “Dvornik” (Janitor) is closely connected to Kaliningrad news and analytics online media RUGRAD.EU. It focuses on the politics and economics mainly in regional aspects. For the moment I am contributing editor both at “Dvornik” and RUGRAD.EU.
I have obtained degree in Political and Social Sciences in I. Kant State University (Kaliningrad, Russia) in 2007. Also I studied in Turku University (Finland) – European and Baltic Sea Region Studies Programme (2005) and History and Politics of European Integration (2009).
Ryan Patch is a film writer, director, and producer based in New York City and Washington, DC.
Ryan’s documentary work includes such diverse projects as directing Back From the Brink, a film about an indigenous people’s recovery from alcoholism, editing & producing the feature music documentary The Sea In Between, and numerous other short communication projects.
Follow Ryan on Twitter at @d_ryan_patch.
Rajneesh Bhandari is an independent multimedia journalist based in Nepal with nine years of journalism experience. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, AFP, Asia Calling, IPSTV, Headlines Today, [email protected] and Kantipur Television. He has also contributed to PBS, BBC and other local and regional media outlets.
He has also worked as the Multimedia Editor of European Journalism Center’s ThinkBrigade.org, an international online website with reporters in countries around the world. In June 2012 he produced Living with Autism, probably the first iPad Book from Nepal. He was awarded Kantipur Television’s Journalist of the Year 2011 for his investigative stories.
He has done Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tribhuwan University, Nepal and post-graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from Konrad Adenauer Asian College of Journalism, Philippines.
He is the co-ordinator of Media Gufa, an experiential event where journalists report news stories using social media while isolated in a room for 72 hrs. He also manages ruraltvnepal.com, a website that promotes rural storytelling.
Follow Rajneesh on Twitter at @rajneeshb.
Natalia is a Kiev-based Ukrainian investigative journalist. She hosts a TV-program on corruption in public procurement sphere called “Tender News” at TVi Channel. TVi is the only fully independent television station in Ukraine, in times of curtailing of democracy and the introduction of censorship, TVi journalists courageously tell the public about the true state of affairs in Ukrainian politics and economy. Working at the investigative TV-program in these three years Natalia has been able to expose and made public dozens of facts of corruption in the highest echelons of power. Member of the Global Shapers Community (WEF) – she is a part of Kyiv-based Hub.
Jimmy Chalk is a visual journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, ESPN, CBSNews, GlobalPost and Al-Jazeera and is a founding member of the New York City arts collective and production company Nomadique.
Follow Jimmy on Twitter at @JimmyChalk.
Andrea Arzaba is an independent bilingual journalist based in Mexico City. Arzaba has worked for various publications, including National Geographic Traveler and Animal Politico. In 2011, after working as a young reporter in the World Youth Congresses of Canada (2008) and Turkey (2010), she founded an online magazine on gender issues called The SunFlower Post. In 2009, she was selected as a peace delegate for Mexico for the Peace Camp International Program, as well as the Clinton Global Initiative. Later won two reporting competitions organized by the European Journalism Centre, on Developmtnet and Water. Andrea travelled through Europe, Africa and South America, covering the United Nations Climate Talks from 2010 – 2013. Her experience working with social justice and digital media has led to writing and speaking about her experiences as a female journalist all around the world.
Andrea is a fluent English, Spanish and French speaker. She loves travelling, dancing and photography . She will be starting her MA on Latin American Studies at Georgetown University this Fall.
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Andrew is a Kenyan journalist working with NTV, one of the biggest television stations in East Africa owned by the Nation Media Group. He’s been a TV reporter for five years now, having previously worked with Kiss TV and Citizen TV, also in Kenya.
After graduating from the United States International University-Africa with a BA in Journalism, he completed his Masters degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi in 2012.
With a gift for writing and telling human interest stories that affect the ordinary person and environment and and wildlife stories, Andrew is passionate about enlightening African youth, to know their rights and issues that affect them.
Andrew speaks fluent English and Swahili and quite a bit of French and Spanish. He’s also an avid reader and actor.
Follow Andrew on Twitter at @apochieng.
Anna Therese Day is an award-winning journalist and social media researcher. She was a 2013 Fulbright Fellow, a 2012 United Nations Press Fellow, and was named one of Google Zeitgeist’s top 30 Great Young Minds in 2011. Day is a regular contributor to The New York Times Women in the World. Her coverage focuses on US foreign policy, women’s issues, and youth organizing and has been featured in CNN, Al Jazeera, VICE, and numerous print publications. You can follow her work on Twitter , Instagram , or Facebook
Sports journalist, currently living on the border between the United States and Mexico, Manuel R. Medina has regrettably seen his country being devoured by a corrupt system that has not only eaten some of the government but also common citizens. He wants to help change that.
With a background as reporter for media outlets such as SanDiegoRed.com, El Mexicano, MedioTiempo.com, Uniradio; as press officer for the Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente football squad, basketball team Tijuana Zonkeys; and currently working for both FIFA and Concacaf, football’s biggest entities; Medina has been trained as a multiplatform journalist who doesn’t hesitate to use everything at his disposal to transmit an idea.
And because of this experience, he wants to increase his field of knowledge of social problems, like corruption, which is very common in Latin American countries.
He feels the responsibility, as a journalist, to show people that a corrupt system can be broken and citizens can break free from the injustices imposed by this structure; free of political bias because of his background on the sports field, Manuel R. Medina is hopeful the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012 will give him the skills needed to succeed on this very difficult task.
He is currently building a technology based media outlet called TJ Sports, where fans will be able to support their local sports heroes, with videos, articles and television shows, without the need to look around the Web for them. Plus this will allow him to get more social causes out to sports fanatics of his region, thanks to the exposure and reach sports have on his country.
Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelmedina.
Hélder Xavier is a young journalist from Mozambique. Since 2009 he has worked for @Verdade, a weekly newspaper with an estimated print readership of 600.000 (Verdade means “truth” in Portuguese, Mozambique’s official language). A graduate of Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, where he studies Journalism, he has special interest in investigative journalism, citizen participation in the media and the democratization of access to information. He attended the Citizen Media Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, organised by Global Voices; the International Anti-Corruption Conference organised by Transparency International, and the Power Reporting – The African Investigative Journalism Conference, organised by Wits University. Hélder seeks to contribute to a better society; free of the corruption that is evident every day in his country, Mozambique, especially in publics institutions.
Bolanle Omisore is a Lagos, Nigeria based journalist and has contributed to a number of publications from National Geographic.com to The Africapitalist magazine to NPR. She covers international energy and business news from the African continent. She is also a 2013 McCloy Fellow, and a 2011 International Reporting Fellow for the International Center for Journalists. Before attending graduate journalism school at New York University, she worked with both The New York Times and ABC News. A native of Tampa, Florida, she is a graduate of Howard University.
Follow Bolanle on Twitter at @venerableladyb.
David Klaubert is working as a political editor at the German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, currently based in Frankfurt, Germany. He writes about social issues and is especially interested in Portuguese-speaking countries such as Brazil and Angola. His career as a journalist began on a freelance basis, working for different newspapers, magazines and websites in Germany. At the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt David Klaubert studied Journalism, Political and Latin American Studies. Traveling to South America and Africa he improved his language skills and now speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, some French and some Swahili.
Follow David on Twitter at @KlaubertD.
Jessica Weiss is a bilingual independent writer and journalist based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Associated Press and Fast Company Magazine. She is a frequent contributor to the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet), where she provides international journalists with tips and tools to report effectively. She is a 2011 graduate of Georgetown University’s Masters Program in Journalism, where she focused on multimedia storytelling and narrative nonfiction.
Follow Jessica on Twitter at @jessweiss1.
Fadima Sy is a Senegalese journalist working for the municipal radio of Dakar. She obtained a bachelor in information and communication from the ISSIC. Fadima likes working on the ground and is interested in issues related to politics, good governance and the fight against corruption. This passion stems from her participation in an investigative journalism training organised by Forum Civil in 2010, as part of the DGT Programme (Democracy, Governance Transparency). The goal of the Dakar’s municipal radio is to observe political life and the actions of the city hall of Dakar, a goal which she shares.
Follow Fadima on Twitter at @SyFadima.
Nicky Rehbock is a South African journalist and editor formerly based in Johannesburg. Having worked for the civil society organisation Corruption Watch, which was launched in South Africa at the beginning of 2012, Nicky is now Online Communications Officer at Transparency International. Nicky’s print and online writing career has taken her from agriculture, to energy trends, to nation-branding and now, to corruption. Her knack of soaking up vast reams of information and communicating the important bits in a compelling, meaningful way has seen her doing work in a number of South African newsrooms for various publications. She has also been involved in training rural teachers across South Africa on how to write and publish articles online.
Her interest in making information accessible to diverse audiences and telling them why they should support action on certain issues drives her work at Transparency International.
Stephanie Anderson is a television, radio and online journalist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, working in the Melbourne newsroom. She joined the ABC as a cadet journalist in 2012, after working for regional news media. Stephanie received a graduate diploma from RMIT University in 2009, and has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne with majors in French and Journalism. Throughout her career she has covered breaking news stories and generated original stories.
“Exposing corruption and holding authorities to account is one of the most important functions of the fourth estate.”
Currently reporting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) out of Winnipeg, Canada, Ryan is a cutting-edge storyteller who reports across all platforms (television, radio, digital, and social media).
His passion lies in telling original stories, breaking news, and going wherever they take him. He’s reported from around the world and across Canada. He was also a producer for Canada’s most-watched political television program, CBC’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon. He is as comfortable reporting from a major, international city, as he is from a fishing boat off the shores of Atlantic Canada. Whether it is in Rwanda’s sprawling backcountry, the center of Rio de Janeiro, or the potato drills of Prince Edward Island, Ryan focuses on the heart of stories and telling them in innovative and creative ways.
Follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryhicks.
Pushkal Shivam is a freelance journalist based in India. He is training as a researcher in the field of Development Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He has worked with organizations such as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability. His writings have appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu and The Economic and Political Weekly, in addition to different online platforms. Youth Journalism International, a non-profit based in the U.S., named him as the Student Journalist of the Year in 2012 in a contest open to young journalists worldwide.
Paula is a Peruvian journalist passionate about human rights and investigative journalism. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in Peru and obtained a master’s in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Driven to cover corruption, human rights violations, religious conflicts and ethnic disputes Paula’s next journalism endeavor will take her to Cambodia where she will be reporting for the Cambodia Daily.
Paula has published articles related to the environmental impact of the extractive industry, indigenous rights and social conflicts in Peru, she has worked with CONNECTAS an investigative journalism initiative in the Americas, at the Peruvian Press Council delving into issues of media ethics, and most recently at NPR’s D.C. headquarters where she built skills in radio production that she’ll take with her to South East Asia.
Follow Paula on Twitter at @paulabritor.
Lacking equal human rights in my community and living in a conflict region were my major reasons to study Journalism and Communication in Birzeit University, followed by a program certificate at the Edward Murrow College of Communication in the US.
I am an optimistic and energized person and so continuously strive to promote social development. I’ve attended several international programs that taught me about culture diversity and strengthened my social participation.
I always had a passion to give a voice to voiceless people and so I created my own blog where I report about Palestinian daily-life stories. Through this blog I aim to promote change and defy stereotypes in my community.
Hafawa Rebhi is an independant trilingual journalist. In her native Tunisia, the transition following the fall of the dictatorship in January 2011 has been hectic and intense offering her the opportunity to closely follow the ongoing important unfolding affairs of her society . Hafawa’s stories have reflected a palthora of socio-economic and political issues such as claims for economic rights, struggles for a fair sharing of resources, migration, the transitional justice process , the drafting of a new constitution and the efforts to reform crucial sectors like media, secruity , health and the judiciary. Hafawa covered these stories while writing for L’Economiste Maghrébin, le Maghreb Hebdo, Assafir Al Arabi, Nawaat and the IACC blog.
Hafawa’s total immersion in the complex reality of her country has often been enriched by travels abroad. Whether it was about covering the IACC in Brazil in 2012 , taking part in the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio in 2013, covering the anticipated elections in Luxembourg in 2013, participating in Thomson Reuters Foudation program in London or joining NRGI’s trainees in Lebanon, Hafawa tried her best to export the Tunisian experience and to import the best practices of modern journalism.
Hafawa is currently focusing on reporting governance in the hydrocarbon sector. She aspires to specialize in extractive industries. She is a fluent English, Arabic, French and Italian speaker. When she is not working on a new story, she reads History magazines or Poetry collections.
Follow Hafawa on Twitter at @Hafawa_Rebhi
Yinka Adeparusi is an international award-winning photojournalist with National Mirror newspaper in Lagos, one of the most widely read newpapers in Nigeria. Before joining National Mirror, he has interned with The Punch and NewAge newspapers as a reporter and photojournalist.
A graduate of Lagos State University School of Communication where he bagged double honours in Photojournalism and Cinematography, he is a multiple award winner whose works expose the ills of his immediate environment and society at large, with a special lens for recording the ‘why’ frames. His work centers majorly around human rights abuse and social exclusion, and with special attention on the rights of children.
Follow Yinka on Twitter at @yinkaadeparusi.
Photographer, journalist and radio show host, Parker Mah has worked freelance in multimedia since 2002, both in Canada and abroad. He has collaborated with a diverse range of media- and community-based organizations including BushRadio (Cape Town), VOICE (Dhaka), Tactical Technology Collective (Berlin), Life Stories Montreal, l’Institut du Nouveau Monde, CitizenShift / Parole Citoyenne, Alternatives, CKUT Radio, and Crossroads International. Alternative media, the democratisation of access to technology, and arts-based social activism are favourite topics. He is based in Montreal and is currently touring a feature-length documentary about the identity of young Chinese in Quebec.
Follow Parker on Twitter at @thought_cast or online at eyedea.ca
Virginie Ngyuen is a photojournalist currently based in Cairo where she is a regular contributer to the studio HansLucas and contributor for Agence France Presse (AFP). A graduate in Journalism at IHECS (Institute of High Studies of Social Communications in Brussels), she has also spent time at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in order to develop here skills in the field of photojournalism.
In August 2011, she co-founded the Collective HUMA to emphasizes social issues and explore a more humanist photography.
Follow Virginie on Twitter at @vynguyenhoang.
Domas is a freelance journalist, media project manager and university tutor from Lithuania. Domas as been working in various TV projects for more than 10 years, mainly focusing on social and economical issues.. He’s been hosting shows and doing social and economical stories for Lithuanian national television. Currently, he moved to another national-wide Lietuvos Rytas television where he works as an editor and hosts morning and midday news shows. Apart from his native Lithuanian, Domas also speaks English, Russian and German language. His stories have won EuroMedia award “For The Best TV Story” in 2010 and 2011. Domas also works as an expert in creative communication, tutor in Lithuanian schools and has aTV & Film projects course in Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
Abby Ellis is a reporter and documentary filmmaker based in New York City, where she covers surveillance, climate change, systematic failures and corruption across a wide-range of platforms. Her latest work can be seen on the documentary series VICE on HBO.
“In our culture of secrecy and over-classification it is important that journalists be the signal in the noise, to hold those in power accountable by effectively engaging all demographics of the population.”
Wandiswa Ntengento is a journalist based in South Africa. Ntengento has experience in broadcast, print and online journalism. She is currently at BBC News in Johannesburg. Prior to her move to Johannesburg, she worked as a freelance reporter and radio news anchor where she covered human interest stories. Early this year, she spent two weeks reporting in Uganda with the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2014 she was voted Journalist of The Month by the International Journalists Network and spent a year as a fellow for Rhodes University’s Future Journalist Program. She is an alumni of two Thomson Reuters Foundation courses.
“Africa’s development has for decades been paralysed by corruption. It is my daily mandate as a journalist to hold those in power accountable for their actions and to enforce transparency through my reporting.”
Stephanie Burnett is an American multimedia journalist based in Hong Kong, and currently Duty Editor with Storyful news agency. She has written and produced videos for TIME.com and has freelanced for the South China Morning Post. Stephanie was previously Country Profiles Editor for Transparency International in Berlin and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Hong Kong.
Luigi is a Berlin-based reporter and features writer with a background in foreign policy. His recent focus has been on immigration to Germany and Europe.
He has produce a video report on Islam in Berlin and a photo essay on highly-qualified Syrian refugees. His multimedia work includes stories of suburban tensions in Milan and social engagement in Scampia, a stronghold of the Neapolitan mafia. He works in Italian, English and German.
“I report on corruption to unveil the unlawful privileges of few and to push for equal access to private or public services for all.”
Yolaan Begbie is a South African journalist currently based in Dubai, UAE. She is the Founder of San Media, a production company that produces Africa-focused multi-media content, and currently holds the position of Senior Editor at Africa.com.
Prior to completing her masters at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2012, she worked as an on-air reporter for eNCA, South Africa’s first 24-hour news channel.
Yolaan holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree in Journalism from Stellenbosch University. She is also a CNN Journalism Fellow (CJF).
Follow Yolaan on Twitter at @ybegbie.
Ayee Macaraig is a Filipino multimedia reporter and anchor with the news website Rappler.com based in Manila. She covers politics, governance and international affairs in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
A journalist for 7 years, Ayee has reported on corruption controversies in the Philippines, media freedom in Myanmar, elections in Indonesia, the United Nations in New York, and the golden jubilee of Singapore.
She was a fellow of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance and the prestigious Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists, and was executive producer at the ABS-CBN News Channel. Ayee is passionate about free speech, women’s empowerment, and accountable governance.
Follow Ayee on Twitter at @ayeemacaraig.
Maurice is a freelance documentary producer and blogger based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He has been involved in producing several highly rated TV programs for national television in Kenya such as Tazama, a half hour documentary series, and Project Green an incisive environmental show. Some of the awards he has won include: Winner Environment Reporting Award TV- Annual Journalism Excellence Awards 2015, Winner, The Thomson Foundation Young Journalist of the Year 2014, Foreign Press Association Awards, London, among others. He has a keen interest in stories about public accountability, security, health, education, human rights, environment, corruption, governance among others.
“I believe it is important to report on corruption so as to expose corrupt individuals, and inform and empower citizens to question and push for accountability from their leaders and public servants”
I am a Palestinian journalist living in the Occupied Palestine. I graduated from the Faculty for Media at An-Najah National University in Nablus city in 2014, where I specialized in TV broadcasting. I have an excellent experience as a photojournalist. I’m a member of Activestills photographic collective (www.Activestills.org) since 2012. We are a group of activist photographers living in Palestine/Israel. We view ourselves as part of the struggle against all forms of oppression, racism, and violations of the basic right to freedom.
My work focuses on the daily life of the Palestinian population under the Israeli military occupation in the Palestinian villages and cities. My work has been shown in many local exhibitions and various international exhibitions across Europe, the US, and the Middle East.
María is a Spanish journalist who started her career at El País, the main newspaper in her country, until the economic crisis there swept her to Brazil. Interested in human rights and international affairs, she is currently based in São Paulo, where she first worked for Folha de São Paulo and a wide range of Spanish and Mexican media. Currently she is web editor of El País Brasil, the Portuguese edition of the global newspaper. Maria speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and is currently working on perfecting her English.
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Stefania Rousselle is a French-American, award-winning freelance journalist, film director and director of photography, based in Paris, France. In 2013, she was named honoree in News and Politics by the Webby Awards for her reporting on sex trafficking in Spain. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, PBS/Frontline, Time.com, Global Post, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Elle, France Télévisions among others. She was a Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and holds a MA in history from the Université Paris-Sorbonne.
“Why do I do this? So that the system stops exploiting the most vulnerable.”
Sun Narin, works as the editor-in-chief for Voice of Democracy (VOD), which is a multimedia platform including radio and online news. VOD mainly focuses on political stories and issues related to good governance and democracy. His reporting mainly focuses on political conflicts, political analysis and persistent issues including corruption, land grabbing and human rights violation. In addition to this, Sun also works part-time for the Wall Street Journal, where he reports about issues of international interest including political situation and protest, human right violations, garment sector, Khmer Rouge, land concession and ASEAN.
“Reporting corruption means contribution to poverty reduction”