2016 CNN Journalism Fellowship Program

Last week, The CNN Journalism Fellowship (CJF) digital program wrapped up an intensive two-week training in Atlanta and New York. CJF, started by Ted Turner in 1989, is an invitation-only opportunity for global affiliates of Turner and CNN. The digital program started in 2014 and is designed specifically for executive-level newsroom and digital leaders, provides participants exclusive insight into CNN’s digital operations and business strategies across video, mobile and social platforms.

This fall, the fellows had sessions with various Turner executives and leaders, such as John Martin, Turner Chairman and CEO, Stephano Kim, Turner EVP of Digital Strategy, Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN EVP of Editorial, and Meredith Artley, SVP & Editor In Chief, CNN Digital.

This is the first year the fellows came to New York, and as a result were able to meet with Great Big Story and some leading tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Twitter. The overall Journalism Fellowship program, led by Sonia Tucker, has evolved over the years, and now offers three different tracks for clients: Digital, Editorial, and Leadership. To date, Tucker and her team have hosted 1,073 fellows from more than 370 news organizations worldwide in 135 countries.

The September 2016 fellows were truly a global representation of our affiliates:
• Tina Ferentinou, CEO, 
DPG Digital Media Group/CNN Greece
• Kali Quiñones, Digital Executive Producer, 
CNN Philippines
• Rob Raschke, Executive Editor, Sky News, Australia
• Juan Ulloa, Web News Editor, 
Canal 13, Chile
• Kari Räisänen, Head of News Desk, 
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland
• Santosh Menon, Chief Content Officer, 
Network 18, India
• Karen Igaya, Head of Digital News Media, 
ABS-CBN, Philippines
• Monika Podyma-Rabiega, Digital Video Producer, 
Onet, Poland
• Nikola Stojic, Web Editor, 
N1, Serbia
• Ian Kim, News Producer, JTBC, South Korea
• Karin Olsson, Deputy Editor in Chief & Culture Editor, 
Expressen, Sweden
• Tova Satnarine, Digital Division Project Manager, 
CNC3, Trinidad & Tobago

“As a result of the program, I feel better equipped than ever to thrive and succeed in this rapidly changing digital world that offers so many opportunities to story tellers,” said fellow Rob Raschke, Executive Editor of Sky News, Australia.

Another fellow, Kari Räisänen, head of News Desk of Helsingin Sanomat, Finland, added “CNN has taken bold steps and succeeded in creating great new journalism and healthy business in our challenging times.” Tina Ferentinou, CEO, DPG Digital Media Group/CNN Greece, remarked that “the program was thorough in every aspect, bridging successfully the legacy of CNN to its present leading global status.”

You can follow the program on Instagram: @cnn_fellows.