Class of 2015

Najia Ashar ('15)

Najia Ashar

Yahoo! International Fellow
Senior anchor and producer, Geo News, Karachi, Pakistan, @najiaashar

Challenge: How might online visualizations be used to provide safety training and guidelines to journalists?

Zena Barakat ('15)

Zena Barakat

Designer and storyteller, IDEO (as of July 2015), San Francisco, @zena_b

Challenge: How can we make watching news videos on a cellphone be a more delightful, engaging and addictive experience?

Charla Bear ('15)

Charla Bear

Anchor and reporter, KQED Public Media, San Francisco, @CharlaReports

Challenge: How might we redesign public media newsrooms to increase their creativity and innovation?

Donna Borak ('15)

Donna Borak

Federal reserve reporter, American Banker, Washington, D.C., @donnaborak

Challenge: How can we use artificial intelligence to elevate the user experience?

Carolina Guerrero ('15) photo: Jairo Criollo

Carolina Guerrero

Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow
Co-founder and executive director, Radio Ambulante, San Francisco, @nuncaduermo

Challenge: How can we help Latin American journalists and storytellers produce long-form narrative radio journalism?

Lope Gutiérrez Ruiz ('15)

Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz

Co-editor and co-founder, Gopher Magazine, In-House International, Austin, Texas, @hello_lope

Challenge: How can we make city data more engaging?

Louis Hansen ('15)

Louis Hansen

Enterprise reporter, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va., @HansenLouis

Challenge: How can we create engaging and profitable tablet and mobile publications for newspapers?

Jeremy Hay ('15)

Jeremy Hay

staff writer, The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, Calif., @jeremyhay

Challenge: How do low-income, underserved communities develop their own media infrastructure and service?

Cordelia Hebblethwaite ('15)

Cordelia Hebblethwaite

Lead writer, BBC Trending, London

Challenge: How can we tap the full potential of social media for newsgathering?

Jiang Jing ('15)

Jing Jiang

Enlight Foundation Fellow
Senior editor, Science and Technology Daily, Beijing,

Challenge: How can we improve the quality of science reporting in China?

Anne Kornblut ('15)

Anne Kornblut

Deputy assistant managing editor for national news, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., @annekornblut

Challenge: How can we expand news coverage by making a more seamless connection between freelancers and newsrooms?

Yvonne Leow ('15)

Yvonne Leow

Freelance journalist, Palo Alto, Calif., @YvonneLeow

Challenge: How can we create and deliver stories that are native to messaging platforms?

Izabela Moi ('15)

Izabela Moi

Knight Foundation Latin American Fellow
Project coordinator, Mural Blog, São Paulo, izabelamoi

Challenge: How might we assure the inclusion of underrepresented and unheard voices in the mainstream news flow?

Michael Morisy ('15)

Michael Morisy

Founder, MuckRock, Boston @morisy

Challenge: Can games help crowdsource journalism while bringing in new revenue?

Beatrice Motamedi ('15)

Beatrice Motamedi

Freelance writer/journalism teacher, Oakland, Calif., @writergirl

Challenge: How might we create a space for student journalists to connect and create global stories?

Akoto Ofori-Atta ('15)

Akoto Ofori-Atta

senior editor,, Brooklyn, New York, @KO_616

Challenge: How can culture reporters writing about music, art, race and identity tell richer stories?

Dickens Olewe ('15)

Dickens Olewe

Lyle and Corrine Nelson International Fellow
Digital content manager, The Star Publications, Nairobi, Kenya, @DickensOlewe

Challenge: How can we safeguard drone journalism in Africa?

Christina Passariello ('15)

Christina Passariello

Senior reporter, The Wall Street Journal, Paris, @cpassariello

Challenge: How can journalism use data in a more interactive way to better engage readers as consumers?

Mariana Santos ('15)

Mariana Santos

Director of interactive and animation, Fusion, Miami, @marysaints

Challenge: How can we bring more women into technology in newsrooms?

Anh Hoá Truong ('15)

Anh Hoà Truong

Science and technology freelance journalist, Menlo Park, Calif. @AnhhoaTruong

Challenge: How can virtual reality be used to tell science stories?