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About IJNet

About IJNet

IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide. Produced by the International Center for Journalists, IJNet follows the shifting journalism scene from a global perspective in seven languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Meet the IJNet Staff

  • Sam Berkhead, IJNet Manager

    Sam Berkhead is IJNet’s Manager, overseeing the site across seven languages and managing a team of editors, writers and translators based across the globe. Originally from Western New York, she graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in journalism and mass communication. During college, she served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, studied abroad in Northern Ireland and traveled across Europe by herself. In addition to studying Italian for 10 years, she can speak some French and is learning Russian. Follow her on Twitter: @samberkhead

  • Taylor Mulcahey, English and Engagement Editor

    Taylor oversees IJNet's English-language content, social media and audience engagement. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she studied at the University of Pittsburgh. Mulcahey graduated with bachelor’s degrees in political science and international and area studies, with a focus on women’s issues and the MENA region. She became interested in international journalism while studying abroad in Tunisia, where she worked with bloggers and citizen journalists to explore the role of new media in the 2011 revolution, and the growing feminist movement. Prior to interning at ICFJ, she worked with her campus feminist publication as writer, editor and executive. She also held internships with Wisconsin Progress and Global Solutions Pittsburgh, working on their communications and education teams. Mulcahey is proficient in French.

  • Madonna Khafaja, Arabic Editor and Community Manager

    Madonna is a program manager for ICFJ. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the Lebanese American University and a Master’s degree in media studies and advertising. As IJNet Arabic editor and community manager, she edits, translates and publishes IJNet's Arabic-language content. She also conducts trainings on developing digital media startups, video shooting techniques and editing in the MENA region. She speaks Arabic, English, French and has a basic knowledge in Spanish. Follow her on Twitter @madonnakhafaja, or connect with her on LinkedIn.

  • Mehrnaz Samimi, Persian Editor and Community Manager

    Mehrnaz Samimi is a print and broadcast journalist, editor, Iran expert and simultaneous interpreter. Over 1,200 of her English and Farsi articles have been published. She worked for Voice of America for nine years, and currently freelances for the BBC. She studied French Literature at the University of Tehran.

  • Renata Johnson, Portuguese Editor and Community Manager

    Renata has been with IJNet for more years than she can count. Aside from being the Portuguese editor and community manager, Renata oversees IJNet's opportunities page. Her previous stints include the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Global Journalist radio at the NPR-member station in Columbia, Missouri. She received her master’s degree in journalism/international development and a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Missouri.

  • Marina Chentsova Eckman, Russian Editor and Community Manager

    A native of Russia, Marina graduated from Ural State University with a master’s degree in Russian language and literature. She worked as a freelance editor and copy-editor, and a Russian language, literature and composition teacher. She moved to the U.S. in 2010 and has worked with IJNet since 2011. She's also currently a Russian language teacher in San Francisco, and enjoys photography, dance and San Francisco history.  

  • Santiago Sanchez, Spanish Editor and Community Manager

    Santiago is a Uruguayan journalist and works for a newspaper called la diaria, focusing on political and trade union issues. He also likes topics related with sports, health, travel, history and gastronomy. He graduated with honors from ORT University in 2012, and is now pursuing a degree in political science.

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