Josephine Schmidt

executive editor The New Humanitarian

Josephine Schmidt is the executive editor of The New Humanitarian, a nonprofit newsroom that reports on humanitarian crises around the world and the aid sector that responds to them. The New Humanitarian has covered SEA and GBV in conflict and humanitarian contexts for more than 25 years (publishing as IRIN News until 2019). Recent coverage includes an investigation into sex-for-jobs schemes in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ebola response; claims of sex-for-food-aid in Burkina Faso; ongoing reporting on the global “shadow pandemic” of GBV linked to COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions; and reporting from numerous conflicts where sexual violence is a weapon of war.

She is a journalist, newsroom leader, and media strategist who joined The New Humanitarian in 2018 as its first executive editor, bringing nearly two decades of international newsroom, op-ed and editorial development experience at The New York Times. She has lived and worked in Asia, Europe and North America, editing on various desks and launching and managing multilingual websites, magazines, multimedia projects, breaking news coverage, opinion sections and special projects on everything from culture to politics. Josephine began her career in non-profit media in Eastern Europe, where she helped establish the region’s first post-Soviet journalism training center and then played key roles in launching and leading Transitions (now TransitionsOnline), a website and magazine covering the politics, economy, and culture of 27 post-Soviet countries.

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