An exciting journey begins for 40 young journalists in European newsrooms

Meet the 2019 Google News Initiative Fellowship cohort that will join data, product, audience development and fact-checking teams

Paula Montañà Tor
May 17 · 4 min read

Meet the 40 GNI Fellows of 2019

The group is a diverse pool of aspiring journalists with backgrounds that range from design and engineering, to computer science and economics. They will soon join their selected newsrooms to explore the intersection of journalism and technology.

Data journalism and visualisation

“This is the first time I get the chance to be a valuable part of a journalistic project — instead of just being the young intern. Also, I am finally able to apply my knowledge and creative ideas to a ‘real-life’ environment.” Lea Weinmann

Design and product development

  • Russmedia: Nicola Ritter, Fachhochschule Salzburg (Austria)
  • Rheinische Post: Sidney-Marie Schiefer, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany)
  • Spiegel Online: Leon Fryszer, Hasso-Plattner-Institute, University of Potsdam (Germany)
  • Tagesspiegel: Lubena Awan, HMKW University of Media, Communication and Economics (Germany)
  • VICE: Bianca Ferrari, University of Amsterdam (Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree) (The Netherlands)
  • Expressen: Olivia Almgren, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
  • Neue Zürcher Zeitung: Julia Monn, Universität Zürich (Switzerland)

“What fascinates me most about journalism is its unstoppable speed. As a designer it is absolutely necessary to follow, and to be ahead. How to master this challenge is nowhere better to learn than in journalism.” Nicola Ritter

Audience engagement and digital storytelling

  • Dagens Nyheter: Abtin Salahshor, Lund University (Sweden)
  • Reuters TV: Kwame Amoah Mensah, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
  • RTÉ: Aoife Ryan-Christensen, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • La Montagne: Gaël Camba, Académie de l’Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme and University of Lille (France)
  • Sylvia Bouhadra, CELSA, Sorbonne Université (France)
  • Nice-Matin: Anaïs Delmas, Sciences Po (France)
  • Ouest-France: Dorian Girard, IUT de Lannion, Côtes d’Armor (France)
  • De Standaard: Yannick Lenaerts, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Le Soir: Guillaume Derclaye, Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales (Belgium)
  • Berliner Zeitung: Anna Klein, University of Augsburg (Germany)

“Having a strong record in local journalism, I want to learn how to apply new means of researching, telling and displaying stories to this sector of news — because local stories tend to affect people more.” Anna Klein

Fact-checking, verification and investigative journalism

  • Agence France-Presse (AFP): Marion Lefèvre, Sciences Po (France)
  • Libération: Sarah Boumghar, École de journalisme et de communication d’Aix-Marseille and Institut d’études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence (France)
  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Bethan John, Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK)
  • Elise Bijl, Hogeschool Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Orla Dwyer, Dublin City University (Ireland)
  • Full Fact: Eugene Smith, City, University of London (UK)

“I’m most looking forward to knowing more about the latest technological tools used in fact-checking. I cannot wait to meet and learn from leading journalists.” Marion Lefèvre

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Paula Montañà Tor

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Journalism & more | Managing the GNI Fellowship at @ejcnet, previously the News Impact Academy | Based in Maastricht | Doubt (almost) everything

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