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News Integrity Initiative Creates Advisory Council

  • By Amy Dunkin

The News Integrity Initiative, a $14 million fund working across media, technology, and academia to foster informed communities, combat media manipulation, and support inclusive civic discourse, announced its advisory council today.

The advisory council will provide strategic guidance to NII’s grant making, research, events, and other activities that support collaboration between platforms, newsrooms, and the public.

“The News Integrity Initiative is a unique philanthropic project that recognizes people everywhere deserve reliable access to high quality news and information in order to participate in their communities and live good lives,” said Molly de Aguiar, NII’s managing director. “We are grateful to have the incredible depth of knowledge and experience of our advisory council to connect us to new ideas and partners across different fields and around the world.”

Council members represent a wide array of organizations and expertise from several countries including Australia, Colombia, France, India, the Netherlands, and the United States:

Jaime Abello Banfi, Co-Founder and General Director, Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Foundation (FNPI)

Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York

Katharina Borchert, Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla

John Borthwick, Founder and CEO, Betaworks

Peter Fray, Professor of Journalism Practice, School of Communication, University of Technology, Sydney

Christie George, Director, New Media Ventures

Bobby Ghosh, Editor-in-Chief, Hindustan Times

Dan Gillmor, Director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship,

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University

Richard Gingras, Vice President, News, Google

Shani Hilton, Executive Editor for News, Buzzfeed

Sabrina Hersi Issa, CEO, Be Bold Media

Sally Lehrman, Director, Trust Project and Journalism Program, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University

Kelly McBride, Vice President, The Poynter Institute

Bruno Patino, Dean, SciencesPo, École de Journalisme

Jennifer Preston, Vice President for Journalism, Knight Foundation

Deb Roy, Director of the Laboratory for Social Machines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Chief Media Scientist, Twitter

Adam Thomas, Director, European Journalism Centre (EJC)

Irving Washington, Executive Director, Online News Association (ONA)

Paul Waters, Senior Program Associate, Democracy Fund

In addition to the advisory council, NII is governed by a three-person executive committee, including Áine Kerr, manager of journalism partnerships at Facebook; Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist; and Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

The News Integrity Initiative is a project of the Foundation for the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism under the auspices of the School’s Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The fund is seeded with $14 million in grants from a coalition of partners, which currently include Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Ford Foundation, AppNexus, Knight Foundation, Tow Foundation, Betaworks, Mozilla, and Democracy Fund.

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