(pronounces as Jer-Jay but George is just fine)
I am a computational journalism scholar working at the intersection of journalism, digital technologies, and artificial intelligence, researching the impact of AI technologies on journalism and news media ecosystems, with an emphasis on both disruptive and transformational aspects, as well as how these shifts of how journalism is created and distributed have evolved.
I am currently the Associate Director at Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, where I mentor JSK fellows and alumni as they pursue innovative projects and technologies in journalism. I am a lecturer and educator who teaches journalism classes at Stanford and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Prior to coming to Stanford, I had considerable experience working as an investigative/data reporter, editor, and director for a number of news organizations including the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), The Center for Investigative Reporting (now Reveal), Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and The Center for Investigative Journalism in Serbia (CINS).
I was a core member of the Offshore Leaks investigation, the biggest collaborative team of journalists assembled to sift through 260 gigabytes of unstructured data – 2.5 millions of secret records from 10 tax havens and offshore assets of people from more than 170 countries (documents, emails, spreadsheets); an award-winning project by ICIJ, which prompted high-profile resignations and criminal investigations.
I founded and developed journalism tools such as a public records platform for investigative journalists called FOIA Machine (now with Muckrock) with more than 2,000 active users and backers on Kickstarter, and news organizations such as the nonprofit investigative center CINS in Serbia.
I am happy to talk about anything around journalism, digital platforms, data journalism, future of journalism and media economics. Feel free to reach out or book me to speak.
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