Anya Schiffrin is the director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1999–2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance.
In addition to serving as director of the IMAC specialization, Schiffrin directs the journalism training programs of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD), a global economic think-tank based at Columbia University. The IPD journalism training program has received support from Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. She was the founder of the website www.journalismtraining.net which provides training materials for journalists.
Schiffrin organizes seminars around the world to strengthen the capacity of journalists in developing countries to cover finance and economics. She has taught in Azerbaijan, China, Indonesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Vietnam. She is a regular lecturer at the International Institute for Journalism in Berlin.
Five years ago, Schiffrin launched, in collaboration with Columbia's Journalism School, an annual seminar for journalists on "Covering Globalization." The seminar, which has been supported by The New York Times Foundation, attracts journalists from around the world, as well as students from SIPA and the Journalism School.
She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Revenue Watch, an international NGO which seeks to ensure that developing countries receive the full benefit of their natural resources, and that the revenues generated are used, in an open and transparent way, to promote development. Schiffrin is a member of the sub-board of the Open Society Foundation's Media Program.
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Last Updated: Jul 06, 2012