Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation

TITLE: Director of Journalism

FOCUS AREA: Journalism

CONTACT: 305-908-2600, shazna@knightfoundation.org

PROFILE: Shazna Nessa is the director of the journalism program at the Knight Foundation. She has been with the foundation since September 2014 and describes her job like this:

Actively source, develop and manage a multimillion-dollar portfolio of projects selected to accelerate innovation in journalism. Recent grants include: experiments with mobile news; bots and Artificial Intelligence; and the exploration of Virtual Reality and journalism. Collaborate with an extensive network of journalists, technologists, designers, educators and entrepreneurs to share skills, new learning and insights.

Her professional bio shares:

Shazna Nessa joined Knight Foundation in September 2014.
Nessa has more than 15 years of journalism experience with beginnings in Internet technology and interactive design. Previously she was a deputy managing editor at the Associated Press in New York, where she supervised editorial products and innovation. She was also part of the team that launched the website of the monthly business magazine Conde Nast Portfolio, and was later a consultant with the organization’s product group.
Nessa has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. As an adjunct professor at CUNY, she created and taught the school’s inaugural design course.
Nessa was born and raised in London and has lived in Paris, New York and Palo Alto, Calif. She graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in French and English and was a 2014 John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

You can watch a video of Nessa talking about the Knight Journalism Fellowships here and learn more about her work on the JSK Stanford page.