14 September 2022 - 10 November 2022

Journalism in the Age of Pandemics 2.0

Temasek Foundation - WAN-IFRA Journalism Programme

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Fergus Bell

Founder and CEO, Fathm, UK

Fergus Bell is the founder & CEO at Fathm, a multi-award winning independent news lab, agency and consultancy. Fathm has a mission of working with people who are trying to spark creative change and drive sustainability in media by improving newsroom processes and efficiency, making use of emerging technologies, and tackling the ever increasing problems of mis and disinformation.

Fergus is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering, verification, newsroom innovation and collaborative journalism projects. He spent eight years as a journalist and producer at the Associated Press, where he became their first International Social Media and UGC Editor. He then headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk.

Since 2015 Fergus has been advising broadcasters, publishers and start-ups on social and digital newsgathering, newsroom transformation and innovation. In 2017 he co-founded Pop-Up Newsroom, a framework for collaborative journalism projects that has already seen success in the US, UK, India, Sweden and with the multi-award winning “Verificado” – an initiative designed to monitor for misinformation during the Mexican elections. He joined the Online News Association’s Board of Directors in 2020.

Joi Lee

Journalist, Producer

Joi Lee is an Emmy-nominated producer and multimedia journalist with a background that spans 360 video, virtual reality, short-form documentaries, audio reporting, and photojournalism.  Throughout her career, she has worked with organizations such as Huff Post, Al Jazeera English, and Channel News Asia covering global social issues. Currently, she is the Head of Editorial at Earthrise Studio, where she works on communicating the science behind the climate crisis through human-focused storytelling.

Democratizing storytelling tools and platforms and supporting people to author their own narratives is a core tenet of Joi’s work. She has led workshops worldwide on 360 video storytelling, built award-winning citizen journalism networks at RYOT and Al Jazeera, and has taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University in Qatar on visual journalism. Joi is currently finishing her MSc in Environmental Change and Management at the University of Oxford.

Corinne Podger

Director, Digital Skills Agency, Australia

Corinne is a results-driven consultant and training facilitator, with a proven record of supporting newsrooms in more than 60 countries to implement digital innovations that grow audiences and support business priorities. Her specialisms include digital-first newsgathering, solutions journalism, online verification, mobile journalism, social multimedia production, podcasting and audio storytelling, and strategic audience engagement to build brand awareness, trust, and drive media revenue.

Corinne’s expertise draws on more than three decades in the journalism industry as a reporter, editor, lecturer and author. She has taught journalism at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and guest-lectured at universities all over the world. She is an accredited trainer with the Solutions Journalism Network, BBC Media Action, and Thomson Reuters Foundation. Other organisations she has worked with include WAN-IFRA, Google News Initiative, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the European Journalism Centre, UNICEF, and the World Health Organisation. She also works with science and public health organisations to tackle misinformation and disinformation. She is a firm advocate of media diversity and inclusion in all her project work.

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Executive Director World Editors Forum


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Jen Teo

Deputy Director, Training & Special Projects



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