The Trainers

Anas Aremeyaw Anas - investigative reporting in Africa, law and ethics of working in Africa. Anas is a Ghanaian journalist, who has never shown his face in public. He is best known for his documentary film work and print articles focusing on human rights abuses and anti corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa. Anas has won numerous awards for his work including a 2008 award from the US Department of State for his contribution to the elimination of human trafficking. In a 2009 visit to Ghana, US president Barack Obama singled out Anas, commending him for his bravery in the pursuit of the truth.

Andy Bell - television production and direction. Andy
started working as a journalist at a weekly UK newspaper called The Bucks Herald in 1987.  Via national newspapers he spent a large part of the 1990s on World in Action, a TV investigative current affairs program which enjoyed an enviable reputation for ground-breaking journalism until it closed in 1998. He joined the BBC’s current affairs flagship, Panorama, in early 2001 and is now a senior producer.  Andy’s Panorama programs have taken him all over the world and earned numerous awards.

Susan Farkas - social media, direction, production and new content. Susan, in her extensive career in media, has overseen multi-million dollar budgets and produced and directed award-winning documentaries, feature segments and training videos. Most recently, Susan was head of Radio and Television for the United Nations. In this position, she started the award-winning magazine series, 21st Century and introduced the use of social media, including the UN Channel on YouTube, UN Radio, Facebook pages and Twitter. Before joining the UN, Susan was an executive producer at NBC News.

Stephen Foote - cameras and cinematography. Stephen is one of the United Kingdom's top documentary cameramen. Stephen’s work has been show on the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. The current affairs programs and documentaries on which he has worked have won and been nominated for many awards, including Baftas and from the Royal Television Society.

Sorious Samura - investigative reporting in Africa, reporting, law and ethics of working in Afria, on air hosting. Sorious has won numerous awards for his work, including Emmy and Bafta prizes. His film Exodus won the Prix Europa IRIS multicultural program of the year award. Sorious has also won One World Media Award 2006, Broadcast Journalist of the Year and the Rory Peck Trust. Sorious has been involved in the training of journalists for the Media Diversity Institute in Southern Sudan, Aljazeera English in Ghana and for The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service in Sierra Leone.

Tsitsi Wakhisi - print writing and story telling. Tsitsi is an award-winning journalist and professor in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. She is the managing editor of the Miami News Service, a professional news organization operated by the Graduate Program in Professional Journalism at the University of Miami. She is the former director of the Peace Sullivan/James Ansin High School Summer Journalism/New Media Workshop. Her professional background includes serving as a reporter and editor for several daily newspapers, including The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, The Kansas City Star, and The Miami Herald. Wakhisi is the two-time winner of the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, which she received in 1996 and 2006.


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