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Adam Thomas joins EJC as new Director

12 July 2016 | PRESS RELEASE


Press release
The European Journalism Centre
12 July 2016

The European Journalism Centre is pleased to announce Adam Thomas as its new Director. Thomas will fill the role vacated by departing Director Wilfried Ruetten, who has held the position since 2006. Adam Thomas brings experience of start-ups, traditional media industry and media development from both the private and non-profit sectors from his previous roles at Storyful and Sourcefabric.

“By choosing Adam Thomas as the new Director, the EJC wants to send a message,” said Vicent Partal, EJC Board Chair. “In the coming years we will dig deeper still into the most important questions journalism faces today. Adam has experience in developing some of the most successful projects in new journalism that we have seen in Europe. He is an asset that will help our organization to become a lighthouse for all those interested in innovation, in ethics, and in technology. The EJC plays a major role in helping our colleagues throughout the world to understand the changing scenario of the news business. We must preserve the best traditions of journalism in order to serve our communities and fulfill the role media must play in a complex world. Adam’s leadership will be crucial to achieving these objectives.”

“The Board wishes to express its sincere and profound appreciation of Mr. Ruetten’s achievements since he took office in 2006. It is thanks to him that the EJC has successfully tackled the last decade’s changes in the journalism ecosystem and innovated its approaches, offers, and initiatives in response to the online environment. The foundation has weathered this transition with flying colours and proactively adapted new tools, developed new partnerships, and acquired new audiences in the process. Under Mr. Ruetten’s guidance, the EJC has become one of the most important supporters of quality journalism in Europe through up-to-date training, grant programmes, and accompanying activities.”

Mr. Thomas will start as Director effective January 1st 2017. He will move to Maastricht in November 2016 to work with Mr Rütten on the transition.

“I’m delighted to join the EJC,” Thomas said. “Technology is transforming media consumption, delivery, partnerships, ethics and experimentation. Through projects like the News Impact Summits, the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme, Data Driven Journalism, and the Verification Handbook, the EJC has changed the way journalists work. I believe the EJC is now perfectly positioned to ensure the independence and importance of journalism with a new era of invention and profitability. The Board and I share a vision that places the EJC at the heart of the innovation and debate around journalism, ethics, and technology globally.”

About Adam Thomas

Adam Thomas is an award-winning journalism and technology leader. In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he was responsible for the vision and delivery of over 20 innovative journalism products to 150 of the world’s biggest media organisations. Adam joined Storyful in July 2013 as director of Business Development. The company was acquired by News Corp in December 2013, and has grown from 27 people to over 120 in New York, Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Dublin.

Previously, he was Head of Communications at the international nonprofit Sourcefabric, where he managed communications strategy and community growth. Adam has worked on media development projects in over 50 countries worldwide. His teams and projects have won an INMA Global Innovation Award, the African News Innovation Challenge, a Guardian Digital Innovation Award (Best Technology for Social Change) and a Knight-Batten Innovations in Journalism Award. He tweets at @datatheism.

About The European Journalism Centre (EJC)
The European Journalism Centre (EJC), established in 1992, is a non-profit international foundation with the remit to improve, strengthen, and underpin journalism and the news media. This mission has two main aspects: on the one hand, it is about safeguarding, enhancing, and future-proofing quality journalism in Europe and on the other hand, it is about supporting initiatives towards press freedom in emerging and developing countries. This often includes creating the framework conditions for independent and self-determined journalism in the first place. To these ends, the EJC provides thematic training, professional capacity development, and a wide range of support activities for journalists.