INMA unveils 30 Under 30 Award recipients

Harini Manickam from India wins in product category

INMA's 30 Under 30 Award recipients

The International News Media Association (INMA) recently honoured 30 young professionals as rising stars in the news media industry in its annual 30 Under 30 Awards.

The 30 Under 30 Awards is part of INMA’s Young Professionals Initiative, and this year’s competition garnered a record 270 applications in July and August.

Now in its fourth 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.

Beyond global recognition, INMA 30 Under 30 Awards recipients receive:

  • Membership to INMA for one year
  • Free access to two INMA Master Classes
  • A complimentary ticket to INMA’s Media Innovation Week

Winners in each of the six categories, coming from 18 countries, are:


  • Rosalinde Czysnok, Client Solutions director, News Corp Australia, Australia
  • Nusrat Jahan, Digital Marketing executive, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh
  • Ann Marie Metzendorf, Product Marketing manager, Wall Street Journal, United States
  • Md. Rayhan Ullah Rabin, assistant manager Digital Media, Channel 24, Bangladesh
  • Maria Inês Reis, Marketing specialist, Público, Portugal


  • Jakob Halm, Product manager Testing & Growth, Der Spiegel, Germany
  • Mayu Kato, Global senior analyst, Vogue Condé Nast, United Kingdom
  • Isabel Ng Yi Rou, Audience specialist, SPH Media, Singapore
  • Maria Sakki, Lead data analyst, Financial Times, United Kingdom
  • Mac Wilson, Development Team lead – Data & Ad Tech, NZME, New Zealand


  • Lucy Blakiston, CEO, Shit You Should Care About, New Zealand
  • Gerardo Garza Castilla, chief product officer, Vanguardia, Mexico
  • Siu Kwan Katherine Cheung, director, Student Business, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong
  • Corsin Heinzmann, senior manager Strategy & Business Development, Ringier, Switzerland
  • Harun Momanyi, founder & CEO, Tranquil Media Group, Kenya


  • Johannes Skov Andersen, Digital Storytelling editor, Politiken, Denmark
  • Edna Mwenda, Business and Data journalist, Nation Media Group, Kenya
  • Cwayita Nondula, Acting Content editor, Africa Community Media, South Africa
  • Elyse Popplewell, Content Strategy director, News Corp Australia, Australia
  • Nicola Wenz, News Producer, ZDF Germany, Germany


  • Emma Jungerth, business developer, Ad Product Strategy, Schibsted, Sweden
  • Harini Manickam, Product manager, HT Labs, India
  • Germán Salazar, Product designer, Gannett, United States
  • Go Takagi, Software engineer, Nikkei, Japan
  • Francesca Wallace, director of Digital Strategy and eCommerce, News Corp Australia, Australia

Reader Revenue

  • Emma Bianchi, Senior Marketing coordinator, Brand & Community Affairs, Boston Globe Media Partners, United States
  • Mitch Gaylord, E-mail Marketing manager, The Washington Post, United States
  • Moritz Johannes Klein, head of Memberships, The Pioneer, Germany
  • Jonah Listokin, eMail Marketing associate, Bloomberg, United States
  • Alexander Nordström, Business developer B2C, Stampen Media, Sweden

“The news media industry is rapidly changing, and these are the rising stars who are leading the charge,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA. “With this 30 Under 30 Awards competition, INMA is proud to elevate these young professionals and help them blaze a path forward at this critical juncture for our industry.”

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.

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