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Sabrina Argoub

June 6th, 2023

Introducing the 2023 JournalismAI Academy EMEA and APAC cohorts

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Sabrina Argoub

June 6th, 2023

Introducing the 2023 JournalismAI Academy EMEA and APAC cohorts

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

The 2023 JournalismAI Academy for Small Newsrooms is about to kick-off!
We are thrilled to launch the third edition of this programme aimed at tackling the inequalities and equipping small newsrooms with AI literacy.

Thanks to the support of the Google News Initiative, this year’s programme will welcome participants from Europe, Middle East and Africa and from the Asia-Pacific region.

We received over 300+ applications from journalists, editors and media professionals from across the world, making the selection process a challenging task.

Finally, we are proud to present the talented professionals who have been chosen to participate in the JournalismAI Academy.They come from 29 different countries and represent a wide range of media outlets, including investigative newsrooms, fact-checking organisations, local media, and publications focusing on science and environmental coverage.

Meet the participants

Here are the 20 participants of the Asia-Pacific cohortย ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Lu Zhao | Junior Editor at RADII

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Madhur Singh | Editor, India at Eco-Business

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Norazam Nordin | Editor in Chief at Asia News Today

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Daniel Marchette | CEO at Globe Media Asia

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Ika Krismantari | Chief Editor/Content Director at The Conversation Indonesia

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Jet Damazo-Santos | Special Projects Lead at The Jakarta Post

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท KKangmin Kim | Data Journalist at Newstapa (Korea Center for Investigative Journalism)

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Arielle Busetto | Reporter at JAPAN Forward

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bhargavi Saikia | Data Analyst at DataLEADS

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ณ Tushigt-Erdene Davaa-Ochir | Editor in Chief at Unread Media

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ David Cameron | Journalist at National Radio News

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Akhil Mothe | Product Manager at Factly Media and Research

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Yun Fang Chang | Product Manager at READr

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Zeeshan Ahmed | Co-Founder at Times of Karachi

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ต Rabi Raj Baral | Founder & Editor at Media Kurakani

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ Syed Faraz | Associate Producer at The Centrum Media

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Ruby Dhingra | Managing Editor at Newschecker

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Surabhi Singh | Journalist-Producer, Head of Newsreel Asia Academyย 

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Saffron Howden | Journalist and Editorial Trainer at The Standard
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Rustam Roy | Editor at Press Trust of India


Meet the participants of the EMEA cohort ๐ŸŒ

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Marta Checa | Journalist and Editor at Equal Times

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Ioannis Delimaris | Fact-checker/Editor at Ellinika Hoaxes
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Mite Kuzevski | Executive Director and Head of Media Innovation at Vidi Vaka

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Neville Borg | Fact-checker at Times of Malta

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Milorad Ivanovic | Editor in Chief at BIRN Serbia (part of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network)

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Shawn Carriรฉ | English Editor at Rubryka

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Katya Mamyan | Data Journalist at Infocom

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ Maha Salaheldin | Founder and head of data journalism and fact-checking unit at Masrawy index

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Alia Chebbab | Managing director and Editor at NADJA Media

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช David Indeje | Chief Editor at Khusoko

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช Mumbi Mutuko | Digital Journalist at Nairobi Law Monthly

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ท Bettie K. Johnson-Mbayo | Co-Partner/Fact-checker at The Stage Media-Liberia

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ผ Mallick Mnela | Editor at iHub Media

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Sada Malumfashi | Managing Editor at Aso Times

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu | Managing Editor at HumAngle Media

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Ejiro Umukoro | Director of Training at LightRay Media

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Emmanuel Paul | Managing Editor at Techpoint Africa

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ณ Emediong Boniface | Web / Community Manager at West Africa Democracy Radio

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rianette Cluley | Managing director and chief editor at Briefly News

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ผ Sean Ndlovu | Innovation Research Product Manager at Centre for Innovation and Technology

Meet the Instructors

Over the years, the JournalismAI initiative has gathered an impressive number of experts of AI and journalism in its network. We are privileged to have such brilliant experts as our collaborators joining us for the Academy as instructors.

We canโ€™t wait to learn from them and see how their expertise will empower participants to embrace the transformative potential of AI in their newsrooms.

Let’s meet our exceptional lineup of instructors:

Anna Vissens
Anna is Lead Data Scientist at the Data & Insights team at the UK-based Guardian News and Media

Athandiwe Saba
Athandiwe Saba is a leading data journalist and access to information activist in South Africa. She has worked for the leading media houses in South Africa, with her last role as the Mail & Guardian Deputy Editor.

Dalia Hashim
Dalia is the Program and Research Lead for AI and Media Integrity at Partnership on AI. Dalia is focusing on leading the AI and local news stream of work and supporting the ongoing AI and synthetic media program.

Saja Mortada
Saja is a Lebanese investigative and data journalist, and is the manager of Arab Fact-Checkers Network led by ARIJ.

Joanne Kuai
Joanne is a lecturer and a PhD Candidate at Karlstad University, Sweden, with a research project on Artificial Intelligence in Chinese Newsrooms.

Abhishek Prasadย 

Abhishek heads Rytstory a data-driven platform that empowers publishers with advanced analytics and content intelligence tools.

Ritvvij Parrikh
Ritvvij currently heads the personalization and propensity product at The Times of India.

Uli Koeppen
Uli leads the AI + Automation Lab at Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) โ€“ the public-service radio and television broadcaster of Bavaria, in Germany โ€“ and co-leads BR Data, the investigative data journalism team.

Harshad Saykhedkar
Hashad is a data engineer and data scientist and is the co-founder xAmbit AI

Amanda Strydom

Amanda is a Senior Programme Manager for CivicSignal.Africa at Code for Africa.

Amanda manages CivicSignal, a programme within Code for Africa, which maps and offers insights into media ecosystems in Africa using research and machine learning tools.


JournalismAI is a global initiative of Polis and itโ€™s supported by the Google News Initiative. Our mission is to empower news organisations to use artificial intelligence responsibly.

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