The News Leadership Council guides the Trust Project on our Trust Indicators and advises on core issues related to information literacy and rebuilding trust in journalism within a fractious, so-called post-fact environment.
Members of the council represent the various constituencies affected by our effort and the news ecosystem: news organizations (print, digital native, television; US and Europe), news technology platforms that distribute news (such as Google, Facebook, Twitter), and the public (through experts in media literacy, media effects, social justice and public discourse).
Director of Product Management – Facebook
Andrew Anker is Director of Product Management at Facebook, focused on news products. Andrew’s career has spanned a number of media related start-ups including Wired magazine, where Andrew was the original CTO. He was also the founder and CEO of HotWired, the company’s online division. At HotWired, Andrew launched the first advertising on the web in 1994.
Andrew also worked at blogging pioneer Six Apart, its successor Say Media and then left to found Tugboat Yards, which focused on helping media sites build direct-to-consumer revenue streams. In between start-ups, Andrew spent five years as a general partner at August Capital, where he funded Evite, Rhapsody, Tickle and a number of other media focused start-ups.
Martin “Marty” Baron
Executive Editor – The Washington Post
Marty Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post in January, 2013, overseeing its print and digital news operations. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 11 Pulitzer Prizes: four at The Washington Post, including the public service medal in 2014 for coverage of NSA surveillance.
During Martin’s 11 years at The Boston Globe, the Globe won six Pulitzer prizes, including the public service medal in 2003 for its investigation into concealment of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Marty has held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald, which won a Pulitzer during his time as editor.
Founder and President – Data & Society
danah is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society. She is also a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books – “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” – examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media.
danah is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University, a master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D. in Information from the University of California, Berkeley.
Editor-in-chief – La Repubblica
Mario Calabresi has been based in Rome as editor-in-chief of La Repubblica, the leading Italian daily newspaper in terms of circulation and a leader in digital news. Prior to La Repubblica, he led a six-year tenure as editor-in-chief at La Stampa, the national daily based in Torino. There he spearheaded a complete transformation of the newsroom, making it one of the most integrated and advanced in Europe.
Mario started the Digital News Initiative with Google in Italy and was the first editor-in-chief to launch Facebook Live events. He is a board member of the World Editorial Forum, where he follows topics regarding the future of information. He wrote five bestselling books: the most popular one (“Pushing Past The Night“) was translated into French, German and English.
Creater and Owner – CANVASxDetroit
Brandon Christopher is a Detroit-based creator and owner of CANVASxDetroit, an arts studio dedicated to creative literacy, artistic exposure and addressing social/civic issues via the arts. A former local and federal lobbyist, Brandon hung up his wingtips and suits in exchange for paints and brushes. After graduating from Detroit’s BUILD Entrepreneurship Institute in 2013, Brandon launched CANVASxDetroit offering painting classes, art installations, & creative workshops for professionals.
Brandon is a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Award winner and has worked on creative projects with Henry Ford Foundation, the Public Broadcasting Service, University of Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Art, & MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit). In 2016, Brandon co-founded MASH Detroit, a 6,000 square foot mixed-use community space on Detroit’s east side. Brandon is currently expanding CANVASxDetroit’s offerings beyond the visual arts to include entertainment, technology, and creative consulting.
College and Career Specialist – Phoenix Indian Center
Rodale works at paving paths for students who come in with goals but may not understand which mountains to climb and also to watch out for those cliffs. In developing a guide Rodale helps students map out the challenges that lie ahead. And because aspirations take diligence, it’s only necessary to pause and allow them to dream again. Working in the College and Career Readiness program at the Phoenix Indian Center, Rodale has the awesome task of coordinating, planning, and developing many of student programming and activities.
Rodale graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business in April 2015 with a master’s of science in leadership. Unlike his current metropolitan surroundings, Rodale come from a rural part of the Navajo Nation. Being raised by grandparents Rodale was taught the keys to success are hard work, dedication, charity, and a life-long pursuit of learning. Apart from his journey with youth, Rodale enjoys his musical passion as a first tenor chorister of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus.
Vice President – California Community FoundationEfrain Escobedo is the vice president in charge of civic engagement, multi-sector collaboration, and public policy at California Community Foundation, responsible for promoting collaboration and advocacy efforts across the nonprofit, public and private sectors to address community problems. Escobedo is recognized nationally and locally as an active leader and expert in Latino civic engagement and elections policy. He has worked extensively with academia, civic and community organizations, as well as with elected officials in developing research, strategies and program to increase voter participation.
Prior to joining CCF, Escobedo was the manager of governmental and legislative affairs for the Registrar of Voters in Los Angeles County, the largest election jurisdiction in the nation with more than 4.5 million registered voters. His work there included launching a project and partnership with the design firm IDEO to modernize LA County’s voting system using a participatory human centered design approach—a first of its kind project in elections. Escobedo holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Program.
Vice President of News – Google Inc.
Richard Gingras is Vice President of News at Google. In that role he guides Google’s strategies relating to the media ecosystem and oversees many of Google’s news and media related products. Richard was a key instigator of the recently-announced Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project, an effort to make Web content instantaneous and in doing so, preserve the vitality, utility, and openness of the Worldwide Web.
Richard has been involved in digital media since 1980 or as he once put it “since the days of steam powered modems.” He helped found Salon.com, where he once worked with Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald and has worked at Apple, the @Home Network, the Excite portal among other digital ventures. He also serves on the boards of the First Amendment Coalition, the International Center for Journalists, and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard.
Deputy Managing Editor – The Wall Street Journal
Jennifer J. Hicks is a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversees digital products and innovation and works with other top editors to shape digital strategy and newsroom operations. Previously, Jennifer served as the Journal’s deputy editor of real-time news where she executed breaking-news coverage across digital platforms and oversaw the WSJ.com homepage team.
Jennifer joined the Journal in 2004 and has held a number of editing roles, including a three-year assignment in London leading WSJ.com’s European edition. She played a key role in digital coverage for numerous U.S. elections, the euro-zone debt crisis, the Arab Spring, two Olympic Games and more. She also is co-editor of the WSJ stylebook. Jennifer graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with degrees in journalism and political science. Jennifer earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia University in New York in 2003. She has taught graduate journalism courses at Columbia and the City University of New York and sits on the board of the visitors for the University of Oklahoma’s college of journalism.
Co-Executive Director – Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism EducationEvelyn Hsu is co-executive director of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Previously, she was a member of the faculty at The Poynter Institute and was an associate director of the American Press Institute. Hsu was a reporter for The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is a past national president of the Asian American Journalists Association. She is a member of the board of directors of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.
Chief Content Officer – GannettEditor-in-Chief – USA Today Network
Joanne Lipman is chief content officer at Gannett and editor-in-chief of its USA Today Network. She began her career as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, rising to deputy managing editor – the first woman to attain that post – and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes. At the Journal, she created Weekend Journal and Personal Journal and oversaw creation of the Saturday edition. She subsequently was founding editor-in-chief of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine, which won Loeb and National Magazine Awards.
Joanne is co-author of the music memoir “Strings Attached,” and author of an upcoming book about closing the gender gap at work. A Yale graduate, she is a winner of the Matrix Award for women in communications and a member of the Yale University Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a board member of the Knights Orchestra, Yale Alumni magazine and on the advisory boards of Breastcancer.org and the Yale School of Music.
Senior Vice President, News – Hearst Television Inc.
Barbara Maushardwas named senior vice president, news, of Hearst Television in 2016, after having served since 2008 as vice president, news. She sets strategy for Hearst Television’s news operations and has management oversight of the corporate-level news team. Under Maushard’s stewardship, Hearst Television stations have earned television journalism’s highest national honors. In 2016, the news operations received a George Foster Peabody Award, an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, a National Headliner Award, two Sigma Delta Chi Awards and two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. Maushard has worked at four Hearst stations since 1997, serving as news director at three of them.
Barbara began career at WHOI in her hometown of Peoria, Ill., later working at WCMH, Columbus and WMAR, Baltimore. Among other industry roles, Maushard serves on the NBC News Channel board, and has served as vice-chair of the ABC News Directors Advisory Board, and as a member of the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) and the Online News Association. Maushard graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University in Peoria.
Chief Executive – Gizmodo Media Group
Gizmodo Media Group of Univision Communications, Inc., is a group of digital journalism sites that includes brands such as Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Jalopnik and The Root. A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, Raju was most recently senior vice president of strategy at News Corp.
Prior to that, Raju was managing editor of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, where he was responsible for WSJ’s digital/mobile content strategy and execution; the managing editor of the Washington Post, where he led the integration of its digital and print businesses; the editor of the Wall Street Journal Europe; and the founder of Mint, the second-largest business newspaper/website in India. His home is in Brooklyn, where he is happily outnumbered by Kim and his two daughters, Leila and Zola; but is often found, rather plainspoken, @raju .
Editorial Director – Haymarket Consumer MediaMark Payton is the editorial director of Haymarket Consumer Media, responsible for the content strategy and editorial standards of its portfolio of specialist brands. Mark began his career in UK newspapers, moving into specialist magazines before taking the seat as Haymarket’s digital editorial director and then overall editorial director. Payton has launched and re-launched a host of print and online products in markets as diverse as automotive, sport, finance and consumer electronics. He lives in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.
Editor-in-Chief – Daily Press Media Group
Marisa Porto is the publisher and editor-in-chief at the Daily Press Media Group. She oversees the operations of the Daily Press in Newport News, Va., the Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Va.) and the Tidewater Review (West Point, Va.). An alumnus of the University of South Carolina, she has held news management roles at the News-Journal in Wilmington, Del., the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., and the Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla.
An award-winning writer and editor, Marisa also has led newsrooms at the Tribune in Coshocton, Ohio, and the Times-Recorder in Zanesville, Ohio. Porto is the former president of the Virginia Press Association and is currently is in her second year of a four-year term on Virginia’s Freedom of Information Advisory Council, which recently completed a three-year study on the state’s FOIA law. Porto is a graduate of the Maynard Leadership Institute.
Managing Editor – FT.com
Robert is the managing editor of FT.com. Before this he served as the FT’s chief political correspondent and news editor. He writes weekly for the Notebook column, a satirical look at the week’s news and for the FT weekend magazine. Robert graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Econ).
Alex SkatellFounder, Chief Executive – Independent Journal Review
Alex’s interest in tech and media began early on. While in college at Clemson, Alex developed numerous iPhone applications, including a top 25 application that was featured by Gizmodo, and the “What’s Hot” section of the iTunes app store. Only four years after graduating, Alex founded Independent Journal Review (IJR.com) in a small apartment in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, Independent Journal Review is a top 50 website in the country and reaches more than 35 million monthly readers.
Adding to the business, Alex co-founded IMGE, a full service digital agency in 2013. IMGE is based in Alexandria, VA, and has a team of more than 35 working with some of the world’s largest brands, associations, and campaigns, developing innovative tech tools and implementing digital strategies to help clients reach their audiences and goals. Alex has been dubbed a “wunderkind” of media tech by the New York Times, and has been included in Forbes 30 under 30, Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40, and WIRED’s political Tech Titans of 2016. Alex is a member of several advisory boards.
Editor – DPA-Newslab
Martin Virtel is editor at dpa-newslab, the R&D unit of dpa, the leading news agency in Germany. Since coding his first simple robot journalist in 1993, he has dedicated his career to help create productive environments for technology-driven innovation in journalism, frequently being mistaken for an engineer by the journalists, and for a journalist by the engineers. He teaches digital journalism at the Máster en Periodismo BCN_NY in Barcelona and is founding partner of Datenfreunde, an award-winning technology consultancy for media companies based in Hamburg and Berlin. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and daughter. @mvtango
Editor-in-Chief – The Globe and Mail
David Walmsley has been the editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, since March 2014. In 2015, the Globe and Mail won 10 National Newspaper Awards in Canada, the most for a single year in its history. Internationally, the Globe and Mail won the Online Journalism Award for its ground-breaking multimedia coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women. David conceived and moderated the federal election debate on the economy, an event that won the 2016 INMA Global Media Award for Best Use of An Event to Build a Brand. The event was also recognized as the top initiative in North America.
David is chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and serves on the advisory council of Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone in Toronto. He began his career working for the Belfast Telegraph and has been an executive in television, radio, print and digital for nine news organizations in the UK and Canada. David’s maxim for the newsroom is simple – ruin the day to improve the week to make the month memorable.