Founder/CEO
Institute for Media Strategies

"Having the chance to see the best-in-class concepts and strategies is always exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing brilliant ideas and their successful implementations."

Dietmar Schantin founded the Institute for Media Strategies in 2012, following ground breaking work in media strategy and technology in a decade that brought profound changes to the industry. He has worked with a wide range of media organizations, including the Telegraph Media Group, Ringier, the Hindustan Times, New Zealand Herald, Dow Jones and many others. Dietmar previously served as Executive Director of WAN-IFRA, the global association of news publishers, where he was responsible for the organisation’s world-wide consultancy, training and event activities for the digitalisation of media organisations. He began his career as a studio manager at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, followed by five years as a management consultant in Switzerland in the telecommunications and FMCG industries. He then became Managing Director of a media company spin-off specialising in applying digital know-how to traditional businesses. Dietmar, an Austrian based in Austria and UK, is on jury panels of international digital media awards and speaks regularly at international media conferences about growth strategies and business transformation for the media industry. He holds a Ph.D in Economics and Technology, where his main focus was on business strategy development and business modelling.

Judging panel

Anna Bassi

Editor, The Week Junior
 

Anna Watkins

Chief Executive
MoFilm

Ashley Highfield

CEO
Johnston Press

Bill Hagerty

Co-Chairman
British Journalism Review

Chris Russell

 
 

Conor McNicholas

CEO
AllTogetherNow

Dietmar Schantin

Founder/CEO
Institute for Media Strategies

Esra Doğramacı

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.
 

Iain Hepburn

Development journalist
BBC Sport Online

James Martin

Executive editor
The Huffington Post UK

Jo Morrell

COO/Commercial Director
The Pool

Jon Snow

Anchor
Channel 4 News

Kate Ward

Vice President of International
Refinery29

Keith Walker

Digital Director, Innovation
Time Inc. UK

Kevin O'Byrne

Creative Solutions Director
Time Out

Laura Swinton

Global editor
Little Black Book

Liz Vercoe

Editor and journalist
 

Maggie Hitchins

Digital editor-in-chief
Stylist

Megan Lucero

Director of the Local Data Lab
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Neil Hunter

Assistant Digital Editor (Operations)
Standard.co.uk

Nick Creed

Co-Founder & Digital Director
The Drum

Patrick Falconer

Managing Director -United Kingdom
The New York Times

Paul Hood

Head of Digital – Technology Division
Dennis

Peter Clifton

Editor-in-Chief
Press Association

Sarah Jones

Journalist
Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Seb Joseph

News Editor
The Drum

Yasir Khan

Senior Editor, Digital Video
Al Jazeera English