INMA awards 30 young rising stars in news media

The '30 Under 30 Awards' competition received 216 applicants in July and August

List of INMA Winners
List of INMA Winners. Photo: INMA

The International News Media Association (INMA) has unveiled its list of 30 young professionals worldwide judged rising stars in the news media industry for 2022.   

The ‘30 Under 30 Awards’ competition is part of INMA’s Young Professionals Initiative and received a record 216 applicants in July and August. This is the third year INMA has run the global competition.

With an additional category for this year, members of the association’s Young Professionals Committee reviewed applications and voted on five award recipients in six categories – advertising, data, newsroom, reader revenue, leadership, and product. 

Criteria for selection included being under 30 years of age, early career achievements, insights into innovation, ability to influence, and likely management skills. 

Winners in each of the six categories, coming from 19 countries, are:


  Sofia  Dahlström,  interim director of ad operations, Schibsted Marketing Services, Sweden

  Trey Dean, regional advertising director, Gannett, United States

  Sarah Glenn, ad operations manager, Alabama Media Group/Advance Local, United States

  Hesty Utami, programmatic lead, Emtek Digital, Indonesia

  Shreyashi Shetty, senior officer, Times of India, India


Gabriella Caimmi, senior optimization analyst, Financial Times, United Kingdom

  Meer Panchal, group data strategist, News UK, United Kingdom

  Arvind Subramanian, product manager, The Hindu Group, India

  Dick  van Klaarbergen, data analyst B2C, Mediahuis Noord, The Netherlands

  Gabriel Zanlorenssi, infographics editor, Nexo Jornal, Brasil


  Anna-Katharina Kölbl,  head of business development, news media, Funke, Germany

  Paul Ostwald,  lead new markets, Ringier, Switzerland

  Kaushala Ratnayake, head of strategy, Bauer Media UK, United Kingdom

  Kamaria Roberts, deputy director of local news transformation, American Press Institute, United States

   Julia Tran, chief operating officer, Medienhaus Aachen, Germany


Eduardo Barroeta, content director,, Guatemala

  Dan Lutaaya, journalist, 24/7, Uganda

  Glenn McConnell, political reporter, Stuff, New Zealand

  Aminata E. Sanyang, journalist, Gambia Radio and Television Services, Gambia

  Andrea Thiis-Evensen, podcast producer, NewsCast, Australia


Sarah Cavender, social product manager, Cox First Media, United States

  Rijul  Chatterjee, senior product manager, HT Digital Streams, India

  Taishi  Ikai, software engineer, Nikkei, Japan

  Gabriella Vukelic, social media editor, Newsday, United States

  Katriina Wallinmaa, development manager, Sanoma Media, Finland

Reader Revenue

Felix Cheng,  assistant manager, digital marketing, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

  Devina Heriyanto, membership manager, Project Multituli, Indonesia

  Emily McBurney, audience & acquisition manager, Nine, Australia

  Mary-Katharine Phillips, associate director, engagement, Wall Street Journal, United States

  Chitranshu Tewari,  product and revenue lead, Newslaundry, India

“Our industry needs continuous fresh looks and approaches to problems in all corners of the business – advertising, data, leadership, product, newsroom, and reader revenue,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA. “With this ‘30 Under 30 Awards’ competition, INMA wants to elevate young professionals in our industry — precisely the people who can bring us those fresh and new ideas. These winners are the future media leaders within our member companies and INMA.”

INMA’s Young Professionals Initiative was set up to look at how to engage under-30 rising stars to help them elevate the news media, guide the INMA community, and bring new life and energy to an industry undergoing transformation. The Young Professionals Initiative is spearheaded by the Young Professionals Committee, with seven members from around the world.

The International News Media Association is a global community of market-leading news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue. The INMA community consists of nearly 20,000 members at 900+ news media companies in 83 countries.

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