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, Republica.gt, 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
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.