IJNet keeps professional and citizen journalists up to date on the latest media innovations, online journalism resources, training opportunities and expert advice. IJNet is produced in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Users come from more than 185 countries to improve their journalism skills, find training and further their careers. Donors and media-training groups use IJNet to publicize their work to an ever-growing community dedicated to improving journalism.
Meet the IJNet Staff
Jennifer Dorroh, Editor, Knight International media innovation content - A former director of IJNet and former managing editor of American Journalism Review, she has lived and worked as a journalist in Mexico and Slovenia and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize. She has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Maite Fernandez, Managing Editor - A native of Uruguay, Fernandez worked as a reporter for the national daily newspaper El Observador and for its website, Elobservador.com.uy. She has a M.J. in multimedia journalism from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in journalism from ORT University in Uruguay. She's bilingual in English and Spanish and has a basic knowledge of Portuguese and Italian.
Margaret Looney, Editorial Assistant - She writes stories and blog posts on the latest media trends, reporting tools and journalism resources for the English site. A Louisiana native, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Louisiana State University. She wrote for the LSU Daily Reveille covering international students, gender issues and religion. She's had previous internships with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, the Knight International Journalism Fellowships program and IJNet. She lived abroad in Morocco and France and speaks intermediate French.
Jingyuan Huang, Chinese Editor and Community Manager - He previously worked in public relations and advertising in China and the United States, and for a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C. He is an M.A. candidate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and holds a B.A. from China's Renmin University.
Renata Johnson, Portuguese Editor and Community Manager - She worked as program assistant at the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute and as outreach coordinator at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois. Previously, she was a producer, Webmaster and assistant editor of Global Journalist radio and magazine in Missouri. She has an M.A. in journalism with a minor in international development, and a B.J. in print journalism, both from the University of Missouri.
Marina Chentsova Eckman, Russian Editor and Community Manager - A native of Russia, she graduated from Ural State University (Yekaterinburg, Russia) and holds a M.A. in Russian Language and Literature. Chenstova has worked as a Russian language, literature and composition teacher as well as a freelance editor and proofreader. She moved to the U.S. in 2010 and now works as a Russian language teacher in several schools. She began working with IJNet as a copy editor in September 2011.
Madonna Khafaja, Arabic Editor and Community Manager - Khafaja produces documentaries for the BBC. She previously worked as a radio reporter and as a print and online journalist in Lebanon. She has a B.A. in communication arts from the Lebanese American University and is finalizing her masters in media studies from Notre Dame University. She also conducts trainings on video shooting techniques and editing with the International Center for Journalists in the MENA region. She speaks Arabic, English and French.
IJNet is produced by the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C.