What is Coda Story
Coda Story is a single-issue web platform that puts a team of journalists on one crisis at a time and stays with it, providing unique depth, continuity and understanding to events that shape our world. Coda is for those who believe that understanding a crisis is essential to addressing it and those who want to know what happened after the spotlight moved on. In music a Coda is a distinctive passage, usually towards the end, which defines the entire composition. In journalism we want to be a stand-alone voice which helps to define a crisis.
Who We Are
We are a team of experienced reporters and editors, technologists and designers, working to tell you stories you have never heard before and show you connections between them you never knew existed.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Migration Crisis
CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Disinformation Crisis
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Editor-at-Large, Disinformation Crisis
Digital Media Producer
Senior Editor, Migration Crisis
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A co-founder of Coda, Natalia is an Emmy-nominee and award winning journalist. Natalia is originally from Tbilisi, Georgia where she is currently based. She started her career freelancing in West Africa but has since been BBC’s resident correspondent in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East, Washington DC and most recently India. She has reported undercover from Burma, Yemen and Uzbekistan and her investigations into human rights abuses in Central Asia, Iraq and the United States have won her a number of awards. Natalia has most recently reported for the BBC from Eastern Ukraine and has also written for the Guardian, Forbes magazine, Washington Post and the New Yorker among others.
Professor of Digital Journalism at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. Previously, she worked as a news apps and interactive developer at Digital First Media and at Newsday on Long Island, where she earned an Emmy nomination for an interactive 12-part video series she developed. She also worked at Harvard University and the Boston Herald for many years, and has both a master’s degree in computer science and bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University.
Deputy executive director for media at Human Rights Watch. Previously Nicholas was the chief content office of Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest news organization and editor-in-chief of South Africa’s leading investigative and political title, the Mail & Guardian. He is also a co-founder and a director of the Mail & Guardian Center for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit set up to support major reporting projects, advocate for freedom of information and provide training to journalists from across Southern Africa.
A co-founder of Coda, Ilan was a 2015 Tow-Knight Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and a New York City-based magazine and newspaper writer. Ilan is working on his first book and was a visiting public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. He was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and has since written for the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Slate, and Foreign Policy among other publications. Ilan teaches writing at the Globalization and International Affairs Program at Bard College.
Sources: Coda strives to identify all sources of our information. Coda grants sources anonymity under exceptional circumstances only if they provide vital information that is not attainable through other channels and put themselves at risk by being identified. In the story Coda explains why the source requested anonymity; why it was granted; and the source’s motivation for revealing information and speaking to Coda. Coda only uses sources we know are knowledgeable and reliable, who are not governed by speculation. Coda does not pay for interviews nor do our journalists accept free trips or gifts of any kind from sources.
Privacy: Coda recognizes that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Coda journalists strive to minimize harm by reporting with sensitivity and compassion for those who may be adversely affected by our stories.
Representation: Coda journalists identify as Coda journalists. We do not misidentify or misrepresent to get a story. Coda operates undercover only in exceptional cases after rigorous discussion with senior management.
Corrections: Coda strives for accuracy without exceptions. If there is a mistake in a story, Coda will post a correction as soon as it is confirmed and will make it clear when texts have been altered for correction.
Ghaith Abdul Ahad is an award-winning Iraqi journalist and photographer, who started his journalism career shortly after the U.S. invasion of his native Iraq. Ghaith has written for The Guardian and The Washington Post and published photographs in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Times (London), and other media outlets. Besides reporting from Iraq, Abdul- Ahad has also reported from Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Syria.
Owen Bennet-Jones is a freelance British journalist and one of the hosts of Newshour on the BBC World Service. BBC’s former resident correspondent in Bucharest, Geneva, Islamabad, Hanoi and Beirut, Bennet-Jones has also written for several British newspapers including The Guardian, Financial Times and The Independent as well as The London Review of Books. His history “Pakistan: Eye of the Storm” went into a third edition in 2010 and in 2013, Bennett-Jones published his first fiction book, “Target Britain,” a thriller set amid the war on terror.
Larry Birnbaum is Professor of Computer Science and of Journalism at Northwestern University, Head of the Computer Science Division of Northwestern’s EECS Department, and Co-Director of its Intelligent Information Laboratory. He is also co-founder and chief scientific advisor of Narrative Science Inc. Larry’s research focuses on Artificial Intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning, with an emphasis on applications to intelligent information systems in content, media, and journalism. Together with colleagues and students, he has published more than 130 papers on these topics and holds twenty U.S. patents.
Liz Danzico is the creative director of National Public Radio, overseeing and guiding both the visual and user experience across NPR-branded digital platforms and content. She is founding chairperson of the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts. She serves as an advisor to start-ups, nonprofits, and global companies.
Thomas Dworzak is an award-winning photographer and a member of Magnum since 2004. He spent his early career documenting the fall of the USSR and the wars that followed. Dworzak extensively covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and its impact on US politics and has also covered many major news stories in Chechnya, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Lebanon, Haiti, Chad, C.A.R, Ethiopia, Iran and the revolutions in the former Soviet republics of Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine and the Arab uprisings, mainly for Time and The New Yorker.
Tim Sebastian is the chairman and founder of the New Arab Debates. He writes and broadcasts widely on the Middle East. He was previously a BBC foreign correspondent, based in Warsaw, Moscow and Washington, and has reported for BBC Television from more than 25 countries over a 30-year period. He is perhaps best known for being the first host of the BBC’s flagship interview program Hardtalk — for which the Royal Television Society twice named him Interviewer of the Year. Sebastian has also won the Society’s Television Journalist of the Year award, as well as a British Academy award for contributions to factual television. He holds a BA in modern languages from Oxford University and is the author of eight novels and two non-fiction titles.
Paul Steiger is executive chairman of ProPublica’s board of directors. Steiger was the founding editor-in-chief, CEO and president of ProPublica from 2008 to 2012. Previously, Steiger served as the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007. During his tenure, The Wall Street Journal was awarded 16 Pulitzer Prizes. Steiger is also the chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for press freedom around the globe, a member of the steering committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Hannah Storm is director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI), a charity that provides safety advice and training to journalists working in dangerous places and represents members from the world’s leading news organizations. Before INSI, she worked as both a freelancer and a staff journalist for a number of broadcasters and news organizations, including ITN, Reuters, the BBC and The Times, reporting, producing and fixing overseas, with a specific focus on Latin America and Haiti. She also spent time working for Oxfam as a media officer. She is a member of the executive team at NewsXchange, the leading annual conference of the broadcast media, and still works occasionally as a media consultant, with a specific focus on supporting women journalists and coverage of environmental disasters.
Mary Walter-Brown is the Publisher/COO at Voice of San Diego, the first strictly digital local nonprofit news organization in the country. Since joining VOSD in 2011, Mary has grown annual revenue by nearly $1 million and led the organization in building one of the most successful membership programs in the nonprofit news industry. While building a sustainable business model for VOSD, Mary has been equally committed to helping the nonprofit news industry at large develop sustainable revenue strategies. In 2016 Mary launched the News Revenue Hub, a national project that provides centralized management of membership programs for other news organizations including InsideClimate News, Politifact and Marshall Project. Mary is a 2016 graduate of the Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellowship at Columbia University. She is also on the board of San Diego Grantmakers where she helps guide strategic philanthropy and social impact projects in San Diego.
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