Our Core partners are journalism, human rights and technology organizations that have an international remit and work at the intersection of information distribution and social media.
They have been invited based on their capacity to actively contribute to relevant initiatives and their existing dedication to improving practices in the ethical sourcing, verification and reporting of stories that emerge online. Each partner may have up to four representatives who are committed to sharing knowledge, devising policies and contributing to the development of tools and training.
Academic & Research
Our academic and research partners are from institutions that have programs in journalism, communications, computer science or human rights with faculty dedicated to the issues and challenges addressed by First Draft, and research or fact-checking teams. Academic and research partners are invited to conduct and contribute to relevant research projects and will be granted access to a 15-week newsgathering and verification curriculum featuring teaching materials, learner guides, class activities, instructional videos and interactive resources.
We are a non-profit
First Draft launched as a non-profit project fiscally sponsored by Eyewitness Media Hub. We are in the process of officially incorporating as a non-profit organization in the US and have an advisory council.
First Draft receives project funding to coordinate initiatives such as the Partner Network and welcomes offers of additional sponsorship (either financial or in-kind) from any organization keen to support a related project or event.
As a founding partner, Google News Lab provided financial assistance to develop and maintain firstdraftnews.com, support the creation of new content and coordinate all coalition-led initiatives.
Operational and editorial decisions are not influenced by funding partnerships, personal interest or the potential gain of any entities involved in or related to First Draft.
Strategy and Research Director
Claire leads the strategic direction and research for First Draft and is the co-founder of one of First Draft’s founding partners, Eyewitness Media Hub. Before First Draft, she was the Research Director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was also head of social media for the United Nations Refugee Agency and Director of News Services for Storyful. She is one of the world’s experts on user-generated content, and has led substantial research projects—with an emphasis on qualitative research methodologies—investigating how UGC is handled by news organizations. She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment. She holds a PhD in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Global Training Director
Eoghan was most recently at Storyful as Duty Editor. He was among the earliest hires at Storyful and part of a core team that developed industry-leading techniques, systems and practices in monitoring, discovery and verification of online content. He is based in Berlin and will be responsible for developing and delivering training for First Draft, both in person and by playing a key role in updating and creating new online resources.
Partner Network, Communications and Special Projects Manager
Aimee manages the more than 100 partner organizations in First Draft’s Partner Network. She plans quarterly in-person meetings and facilitates the conversation online about newsrooms training and standards on verification. She coordinates external communications and serves as project manager on First Draft initiatives and projects. She started working online in 1996 and was a digital originator at The New York Times. She was an editor at the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and upon her return to New York, worked in the communications departments at the American Civil Liberties Union, the Overseas Press Club of America and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated from Indiana University School of Journalism and has an MFA in creative writing from Rutgers-Newark University.
Senior Research Fellow
Nic is a computational journalist who recently graduated from Columbia Journalism School, with a specialism in data and computational techniques. He first became involved with First Draft as a member of the Electionland team last Fall and also worked with us on the UK Election project. His byline has already begun to appear on the website (for example this piece about reporting on digital astroturfing, and this piece on how to begin monitoring social media) as he keeps an eye on the latest tools and techniques for effectively monitoring the disinformation ecosystem and verifying the content that emerges. He also works closely with us on our research projects.
Assistant Editor, language websites and communications
Print and digital design
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