- Christian Fahrenbach
Hometown: Witzenhausen, Germany
Project: Ach Darum Gehts (That’s What It’s All About) helps people better understand news via animated videos, explaining background people might be embarrassed to ask about
Christian is a journalist, tutor and communication strategist. He has worked for various media outlets, including the German Press-Agency dpa. He has a Ph.D. in social science and wrote his thesis about how organizations try to influence the way they are perceived. Apart from traveling, he’s hugely fascinated by mildly strange events like the cherry stone spitting contest in his hometown and Europe’s biggest TV show, the Eurovision Song Contest. Follow him @cfahrenbach.
- Andaiye Taylor
Hometown: Newark, N.J.
Project: Brick City Live, a local magazine site covering Newark, N.J., and its satellite cities
Andaiye is the founder and editor-in-chief of BrickCityLive.com, which was a finalist in the 2013 NewU journalism startup competition. Andaiye received her M.S. in journalism from Columbia University in 2012, and was awarded the Erik Lars-Nelson prize for excellence in reporting and writing that year. Andaiye is a former director of content marketing at Bit.ly and a former business development director and product manager at MediaMath, an advertising technology company headquartered in New York. Follow her @brickcitylive.
- Sara Sugar
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Project: Project Q, a website dedicated solely to the lives of queer women in New York City
Sara, a multimedia journalist, is a 2013 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has blogged for Hollaback! and interned at GO Magazine, Kiwi Magazine and The Feminist Press. She covered Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant area for City Limits. In 2014, Sara was one of two recipients of the J. Douglas Creighton Scholarship, funded by Digital First Media CEO John Paton. Sara is passionate about creating platforms to allow the queer community to connect. Follow her @ProjectQNYC.
- NS Ramnath
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Project: The Torch, a mobile first news service for Indian technology professionals
Ramnath is a journalist with over ten years of experience covering business for Economic Times and Forbes India out of Chennai and Bangalore. Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked for an outsourcing firm and a couple of startups. He loves to read (favorite writer: Ashokamitran), write (hopes to finish his novel some day), run (not too fast, not too far) and draw (caricatures mostly). Follow him @nsramnath.
- Ilie Mitaru
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Project: Emojination, an open marketplace for emojis that allows users to create and use emojis directly inside their existing SMS keyboards
After starting his first company at the age of 21, Ilie has been hooked on the highs and lows of entrepreneurial pursuits. He has since started several projects, including PortlandTalks, an event aggregator of lectures in his hometown, and Stake Magazine, an online digital magazine focusing on socially-oriented companies. Ilie taught design innovation at the Pacific Northwest College of Art before moving to New York to earn a master’s degree at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him @iliemit.
- Heather Martino
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Project: HASHTAG THAT, a B2B service that educates social media professionals on successful hashtag strategies for brand awareness
Heather, a multimedia journalist and digital media assistant, earned a master’s degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. There she received the J. Douglas Creighton Scholarship through Digital First Media and the Abe Schechter Graduate Scholarship through the Radio Television Digital News Association. Heather was selected as the Student Commencement Speaker for the school’s class of 2013. She is passionate about the intersection of global health and emerging technology. Follow her @HeatherSaidTHAT.
- Mariana Marcaletti
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Project: Latin American Radar, a website that provides an insider perspective on Latin America’s emerging economies for the citizens of the world
Mariana is a Fulbright scholar working toward her master’s degree at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. She worked as a journalist for eight years, collaborating with outlets like the BBC, The Independent and Newsweek. She was Google’s Latin American Spanish Language Specialist, managing a network of translators, reviewers and writers. Mariana also served as a digital producer at Argentina’s most-seen TV news channel, TN, and was on staff at the The Buenos Aires Herald newspaper for three years. Follow her @mariamrom.
- Natasha Madov
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Project: Ada, a technology and digital culture website written by Brazilian women for Brazilian women
Natasha, a journalist with a passion for both print and online storytelling, has been a staff member or freelancer for some of the most respected media outlets in Brazil. Among them are Veja magazine, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, the Editora Trip magazine publishing company and iG, a web portal. She managed TAM Airlines’ magazine, hiring staff and supervising editorial operations its first year. The daughter of Bulgarian parents, Natasha is a first-generation Brazilian. Follow her at @sulfurica.
- Colin T. Kelly
Hometown: Auburn, N.Y.
Project: UpStrt, a comprehensive resource on the Internet of Things, the technology that will allow us to sense and control our physical world by connecting objects through intelligent networks
Colin is a digital journalist and consultant with a background in sports and multimedia. He covered Syracuse University sports for Syracuse.com before moving to New York to produce game coverage on NHL.com. He became managing editor at sports radio website WFAN.com, then sports editor at CBSNewYork.com. He also served as digital media manager for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Colin is committed to creating engaging digital experiences across all platforms. He also enjoys the outdoors. Follow him @colintkelly.
- Miyuki Inoue
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Project: My Correspondent System, a tool through which readers can assign research or coverage of a particular theme to a reporter
Miyuki has been a staff writer for The Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper, since 2003. She has primarily covered local government and politics in Nagoya, but has also reported international news. Her most-viewed recent article is about film director Oliver Stone and his visit to Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa. This is Miyuki’s second educational experience in New York, having previously studied at Columbia University.
- Katarina Hybenova
Hometown: Poprad, Slovakia
Project: Bushwick Daily, an online magazine that celebrates the life, style, art, culture and music of its namesake Brooklyn neighborhood
Katarina Hybenova studied law in the Czech Republic’s Prague, the Belgian city of Leuven and New York. Her life turned upside down after she moved to Bushwick several years ago and began documenting her neighborhood online. What started as a fun project to keep Katarina happy while looking for legal jobs soon became so popular that she abandoned her law career to focus on her startup. She is also working on Village, a hyperlocal platform that will connect local businesses with residents. Follow her @kamelka.
- Samantha Gross
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Project: StoryTour, an in-person magazine bringing its audience offline to connect with storytellers and experience stories firsthand
Samantha is a narrative storyteller and journalist whose decade of experience as an Associated Press writer and editor brought her to Italy, Florida and New York City, where she became the AP’s City Hall correspondent. She’s covered news ranging from the battle over the fate of Terri Schiavo to Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s Hudson River plane landing. She’s written features focused on unexpected, revealing human stories percolating beneath the surface of the metropolis. Follow her @samanthagross.
- Chris Dell
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
Project: Go Baller, a social discovery app for sports fans
Chris covered sports for The New York Times and NY Daily News while earning his M.A. at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. There he co-founded the CUNY Sports Report, an interactive blog, and founded the National Association of Hispanic Journalists chapter. At age 15, he wrote the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s Sports 4 Kids column and helped launch HT Preps, a hyperlocal sports platform. Chris’ sports app, Go Baller, was a finalist at Google’s NYC Startup Weekend and 3DS NYC (3 Day Startup). Follow him @MaddJournalist.
- Sky Canaves
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Project: Grit Mode, a digital magazine for smart, stylish, and sporty women. It’s where action meets fashion
Sky recently moved back to her hometown of New York City after nearly a decade in Asia, primarily in Hong Kong and Beijing, where she reported on China for The Wall Street Journal, taught journalism and media law at The University of Hong Kong, and, before that, worked as a lawyer at a large international firm. She is an avid runner and lover of the outdoors, having completed 28 marathons and ultra-marathons to date. Follow her @skycita.
- Kabir Chibber
Hometown: London, England
Project: Pitch Me, a marketplace for buying and selling quality journalism
Kabir describes himself as a “ronin of words,” writing for Harper’s magazine and the BBC. He was half of the team that launched a section of the BBC News website about how technology and business intersected. Kabir has written for the New York Times, Wired, Esquire and other publications. He is also one of the editors at Port magazine, a London quarterly, and is particularly fond of reportage and literary journalism. Kabir is a Francophile and an amateur boxer. Follow him @quinto_quarto.