Orit Kopel: Co-Founder/VP of Business Development, WikiTribune & CEO, The Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression

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Orit Kopel is the Co-Founder & VP of Business Development of WikiTribune, an inventive Wiki-based news platform which brings together a community of volunteers with hired professional journalists in an effort to create a collaborative news space. With a background as a qualified Human Rights Lawyer, Kopel is CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending Internet freedom.

My Goal of the Day: Fixing the news, protecting freedom of expression online and promoting women’s rights.

My Thought of the Day: There is a lot of evil and ignorance in this world, but goodness will eventually prevail.

My Action of the Day: Chatting with our WikiTribune community members and thinking of ways to make our platform more accessible and welcoming for users to collaborate around news.

My Deed of the Day: Making a change through the Jimmy Wales Foundation by supporting bloggers and social media users who get persecuted for speaking out online.

My Tip of the Day: She probably knows better than you, stop mansplaining.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? London gathers together wonderful people from all over the world, from a variety of cultural backgrounds. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures and make new connections.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? As long as it has coffee in it, I’m good.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Coffee! I’m trying to limit my caffeine consumption, so I’m now down to 2-3 cups a day. Absorbing the British culture, I often opt for green tea instead.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Addicted to news apps. Must know at every minute what’s going on in the world.

What should everyone try at least once? Living in a foreign country. It changes you and teaches you a lot. Not only by experiencing the foreign culture itself, but also by the experience of being an immigrant. I believe it would make anyone more compassionate and tolerant towards other minorities.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? In books.

Career advice to those in your industry? Be passionate about what you do and don’t be afraid to be creative and different. The world is waiting for your unique contribution.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

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Rosalind Franklin was a Jewish English chemist who made substantial scientific contributions towards the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA. She didn’t get the credit that she deserved during her lifetime, even though her work was the base for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to other scientists. My mother is a Cytopathologist. Since childhood, I remember seeing her working with her microscope, just like Rosalind Franklin is shown in this picture. I respect all the courageous women who struggled to pave the way for women of my generation towards education, equality and more career opportunities, and I hope to continue and develop the route that they’ve started for women of generations to come.

Nancy Rommelmann: Author & Award Winning Journalist

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Nancy Rommelmann is a long-form journalist whose work appears in the LA Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among other publications. Her award-winning articles include features on the actress Jena Malone, the literary hoaxer Laura Albert, aka, JT Leroy, and a cross- country road trip with a pen pal of John Wayne Gacy’s,

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Jeff Kreisler: Best selling Author & Editor-In-Chief, PeopleScience

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PeopleScience is headed by Editor-In-Chief Jeff Kreisler, the bestselling author – with Dan Ariely – of Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter,. Listed as one of the top business books of 2017 by, among others, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Audible and The Washington Post - who called it “a brilliant and accessible look at behavioral economics” -

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Brandon Stosuy: Editor in Chief, The Creative Independent & Music Curator at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles

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Brandon Stosuy is Editor in Chief at The Creative Independent and a Music Curator at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. He was formerly Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. He co-founded and co-curates the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson,

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Dr. Wendy Osefo: Television personality, Political commentator/strategist, Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, & Founder/ CEO, The 1954 Equity Project

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An award-winning researcher, Dr. Wendy Osefo is a Nigerian-American television personality and a highly sought-after progressive political commentator and strategist. Wendy is a Professor of Education at The Johns Hopkins University, Contributor at The Hill, and the Founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project

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Jeremy Rue: Assistant Dean for Academics & Lecturer of New Media, UC Berkeley School of Journalism, & Emmy-nominated multimedia producer/author

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Jeremy Rue is the Assistant Dean for Academics, and continuing lecturer of New Media at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is an Emmy-nominated multimedia producer, and co-author of Principles of Multimedia Journalism,

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David Zapatka: Emmy Winning Network Director of Photography, Adjunct Instructor, RISD

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David Zapatka grew up in Westerly, RI and picked up his first camera at age 13.  An astute yearbook advisor noticed him carrying the camera in school and asked if he’d shoot pictures instead of sitting in study halls, essentially giving him his first press pass, and from then on he was hooked.

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