Media leader, writer, moderator, mental health advocate.
I am a media expert, award-winning writer and speaker, passionate about mental health, media safety, gender and ethics.
My international expertise, extensive contacts and empathy enable me to facilitate connections across the news industry and support others.
I have been a journalist for two decades, most recently as the Director and CEO of the Ethical Journalism Network, as well as a media consultant specialising in gender-based violence and gender sensitive reporting. I am an experienced moderator, public speaker, and panellist.
As the former director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), I established a vital physical and virtual safety network for its members, which included some of the world’s most best known news organisations. I convened this network -which included Reuters, Agence France-Press, the BBC, CNN, Globo and NHK – and competing media houses share good practice and solutions to some of the most important security challenges of recent times.
I am the co-author of The Emotional Toll on Journalists Covering the Refugee Crisis and The Kidnapping of Journalists: Reporting from High Risk Conflict Zones, both written for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and No Woman’s Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters, published by INSI, which explores the unique safety issues for women working in the media.
I have also learned the language of mental health through my experiences in journalism and my personal experiences and as a survivor of trauma and sexual assault, I have found a way to share my story of mental ill health to support others who are not yet able to do so. As a marathon runner, I am also aware of the importance of wellbeing, resilience and recovery and I am a passionate supporter of recognising that being well allows us to do our journalism well.