Maggie Farley

senior director innovation and Knight Fellowships ICFJ

Maggie Farley is Senior Director of Innovation and Knight Fellowships at the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), where she brings her experience as an award-winning journalist, tech trainer, and entrepreneur to ICFJ's mission of fostering news innovation worldwide. At the festival, she and ICFJ will also be hosting side events on AI and finding systemic solutions to help digital journalism thrive.

As a former foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, she opened bureaus in Hong Kong and Shanghai and led the UN bureau. Farley earned awards for her reporting on labor practices, 9/11, Darfur, and the diplomatic tensions preceding the Iraq invasion.

Her years as a global correspondent showed her that innovation can emerge in unexpected places. Farley was a partner at a startup that created the top-10 educational app Lucky Grasshopper. As a fellow at American University, she explored how engagement design can make journalism more interactive and relevant, developing digital projects with newsrooms and the news judgment game Factitious.

She also served on the News Literacy Project advisory board, and did a month-long State Department speaking tour in Asia on disinformation and policy. As a Google News Initiative trainer, Farley equipped thousands of journalists with digital tools to enhance their reporting.

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