The Media Project's 2018 Coaching & Leadership Fellows

Our flagship Coaching & Leadership Fellowship program just wrapped up in St. Petersburg, Fla., where we hosted a week-long workshop Oct. 7-13 at the Poynter Institute. The Fellows participated in a series of interactive sessions on leadership principles they can use in their newsrooms. Poynter senior faculty taught sessions for the group in strategic thinking, global fact-checking, social media, coaching writers, using feedback, resolving conflict, and improving newsroom collaboration.

“The deserving journalists who win one of these competitive fellowships often become key friends and leaders for The Media Project going forward. We see our alumni investing in other people, giving back to The Media Project, pursuing good journalism and practicing solid religion reporting,” said Paul Glader, Executive Director of The Media Project. Glader is also Associate Professor of Journalism at The King’s College in NYC.“We are excited about our 2018 class of Fellows." 

The core training sessions were led by Jill Geisler, who holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago and Freedom Forum Institute Fellow in Women’s Leadership. Geisler, whose leadership mantra is “helping others succeed,” is the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.” For 16 years, she guided the leadership and management programs of The Poynter Institute. “It has been a joy to see this program add to its corps of dedicated leaders each year and to help guide their learning. The Media Project Coaching and Mentoring fellows make an impact on journalists and journalism worldwide.” said Geisler.

TMP Fellows also explored the intersection of journalism and faith with nationally syndicated “On Religion” columnist Terry Mattingly, a senior fellow in media and religion at The King’s College in New York City and an ex officio board member of The Media Project. 

“The deserving journalists who win one of these competitive fellowships often become key friends and leaders for The Media Project going forward. We see our alumni investing in other people, giving back to The Media Project, pursuing good journalism and practicing solid religion reporting.”
— Paul Glader, TMP Executive Director

"We know this program will help journalists from around the world tell their story in the way only those who are living it every day can,” said Roberta Ahmanson, a writer, philanthropist and chair of the board of The Media Project.The Fellowship requires participants to make a year-long commitment to implement their new coaching and leadership skills. Fellows agree to mentor two journalists working in their home country.

Meet the 2018 Fellows: 

·      Theophilus Abbah (Nigeria) Managing Director of the Daily Trust 

·      Vicky Abraham (South Africa) Senior Freelance Journalist at City Press

·      Alicia Cohn (U.S.) Associate Editor of Breaking Political News at The Hill

·      Steve Dew-Jones (UK) is Senior Editor at World Watch Monitor

·      Lydia Enyidiya Eke (Nigeria) is Senior Radio/News Reporter at Unilag Radio 103.1FM

·      Elias Makori (Kenya) is Sports Editor at National Media Group

·      Amanda Matshaka (South Africa) is Founder at SA Positive News 

·      Anne Moosa (South Africa) Bulletin Writer/Presenter at SABC Channel Africa

·      Shalini Nair (India) is Senior Assistant Editor at The Indian Express

·      Racheal Nakitare (Kenya) is TV Programmes Manager for Kenyan Broadcasting Company

·      Nelson Naturinda (Uganda) is Online Editor of Vision Group 

·      Kingsley Paul (India) is Senior Manager at Zee Television

·      Rommel Pina (Chile) is Director of Universidad Finis Terrae School of Journalism 

·      Kiyya Baloch (Pakistan) is Contributor for Rferl

·      Tore Savik (Norway) is journalist at Dagen Newspaper

·      Israel Vilches (Chile) is Director ofCosmovision


About The Media Project 

The Media Project is a non-profit network of journalists pursuing accurate, thorough and intellectually rigorous reporting of all aspects of culture, particularly the role of religion in public life. The organization conducts education, training and professional development programs with working journalists and journalism students around the world, particularly in the global South. The Media Project is based in New York City at The McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute at The King’s College.

About The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University,, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website,, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.


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TMP Contacts: 

Paul Glader

Executive Director of The Media Project

 Melissa Harrison 

Managing Director of The Media Project