Susan Smith Richardson, CEO of the Center for Public Integrity
Susan Smith Richardson was previously the editorial director of Newsroom Practice Change at Solutions Journalism Network, a New York-based nonprofit that seeks to increase civic engagement and strengthen democracy. Prior to that, she was editor and publisher at The Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative newsroom that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality. She has also served as managing editor at the Texas Observer, a venerable voice for independent journalism in the state. She has been an editor at the Chicago Tribune and the Sacramento Bee, where she led a team that reported on grassroots efforts to rebuild South Central Los Angeles after the 1992 unrest. She has appeared multiple times on the list of most powerful women in Chicago media.
Laura Garcia, First Draft News
Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started in her hometown of Mexico as a newspaper photographer covering the "lucha libre." She's an incurable nerd and has always been fascinated with new ways of telling stories, new tech, coding, apps, and even VR/AR. Laura worked for newspapers and film production companies in the U.S. before moving to the UK in September 2011. She has worked in different national newsrooms across the UK as a TV and radio producer. She taught multimedia journalism and TV production at the University of Kent for five years until December 2019. Currently, Laura's main job with First Draft is teaching journos to spot and verify disinformation. She is passionate about getting new diverse voices into the industry and is the co-founder of PressPad, a social enterprise dedicated to helping young people become journalists.
Harlo Holmes, Director of Newsroom Digital Security at Freedom of the Press Foundation
Harlo Holmes strives to help individual journalists in various media organizations become confident and effective in securing their communications within their newsrooms, with their sources, and with the public at large. She is a media scholar, software programmer, and activist; and is an adjunct professor at New York University.
Sophie Chou, ProPublica
Sophie Chou is a data reporter at ProPublica, covering healthcare, immigration, and elections. She uses statistics and data science to investigate stories. Before coming to ProPublica, she was a data journalist at Public Radio International, and a Google News Fellow at the Pew Research Center, where she was a primary researcher on a report that used Google search data to measure the impact of media coverage of the Flint water crisis. Sophie earned her master’s degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she researched how political news spread on Twitter during the 2016 elections, and completed an undergraduate degree in computer science at Columbia University.
Tamar Charney, National Public Radio (NPR)
Tamar Charney is a senior editorial director at National Public Radio (NPR) working on editorial strategy for emerging platforms such as apps and smart speakers including NPR’s state of the art personalized listening app called NPR One. Charney was an executive creator of NPR’s Coronavirus Daily which was the network’s fastest-growing podcast to date. She’s an award-winning journalist who has written countless radio reports and documentaries.
Prior to joining NPR in 2016, Charney was the program director at Michigan Radio where she managed on-air, online, news strategy, and operations. Before that, she created and produced talk shows, documentaries, and news programs. She started at Michigan Radio in the late 1990s as a newscaster, reporter, and editor. She has held a variety of jobs at other public radio stations including WDET and WEMU.
Charney holds a master’s degree in telecommunications specializing in social effects of new media from Michigan State University and a BA from the University of Michigan.
Before the pandemic, she gave talks and presentations at industry conferences worldwide about the confluence of technology and journalism.
Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post
Marissa J. Lang is an award-winning journalist who has chased hurricanes, stalked wildfires and uncovered political corruption.
Lang is a staff writer at The Washington Post focusing on local news, culture, protests and activism. A member of the Post's breaking news team, Lang also writes hard-to-find stories in the Washington, D.C., area that reflect the personality and people of the region. Lang came to The Post in 2018 from the San Francisco Chronicle, where she covered the impact of technology and tech companies on the Bay Area.
Previously, she was a staff writer for The Sacramento Bee, The Salt Lake Tribune, and the Tampa Bay Times. In 2017, Lang traveled to Rwanda to report on the country's technology sector and social issues, work that was supported by a fellowship from the International Women's Media Foundation. She is certified in Hostile Environment and First Aid Training and is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland. She is also an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and a mentor to student journalists of color.
Leah Millis, Reuters
Leah Millis is a senior photographer with Reuters. Millis spent the previous four years at the San Francisco Chronicle. While there, she produced several photo stories, including the worst and longest-lasting drought in California's history, an investigation into the state's failing foster system, a story about a transgender child, and a look at the personal and familial cost of deportation. Millis has also covered Bay Area protests that often turned violent.
Cath Mossom, Head of Training at RPS Partnership
Cath Mossom served a full 22-year military career of which the last 12 years was serving within UK Special Forces (UKSF) in an operational worldwide role. She was one of a few female operators to serve in UKSF; and has operated with government agencies at times of national crisis, and worked in diplomatically sensitive training roles as tasked by the FCO. Since leaving the military in 2008 Cath has successfully adapted and transferred her unique range of skills and experience into the civilian market; working predominantly with people who work & travel in difficult, challenging areas; both in the field as a security advisor and as a senior trainer on HEAT courses. Cath still works in the field supporting journalists, and therefore has good knowledge of the challenges facing them whilst obtaining their stories. These experiences are then transferred back into the classroom learning environment.
Cath has been supporting IWMF for the last two years training freelance female journalists in Africa and Latin America; ACOS training in Asia; and is working on a project to support Rory Peck training in Cambodia. These courses include training for both international and local journalists.
In addition to HEAT courses, Cath also designs and delivers investigative journalism courses, and specialist surveillance courses for journalists. Cath was trained as a UKSF paramedic, where she gained valuable experience working within UK hospitals. She has continued to develop this knowledge, and regularly delivers remote trauma courses. She has a keen interest in Post Trauma Management; and has recently completed a two-day workshop on Trauma Risk Incident Management. She is a conflict management and dis-engagement skills trainer.
Theresa Poulson, Product Manager at McClatchy
Theresa Poulson is a product manager for news, building audience-focused strategies for new and existing products in collaboration with McClatchy’s 30 newsrooms across the country. She has guided journalists in creating content with emerging media including 3-D and augmented reality. She was an executive producer for Actual Reality, a McClatchy app dedicated to serialized AR storytelling, which won a 2019 Online Journalism Award. She's the co-author of A Guide to Immersive Ethics.