ICFJ Google Fellow Antoine Laurent is a journalism innovation strategist and former journalist from Paris, France. He is based in Indonesia and bringing the latest digital innovations to local media to enhance their storytelling, content distribution and audience engagement. Working in key partner newsrooms, Laurent leads training sessions, supports digital strategy formation and guides journalists through digital news projects to help the fully integrate the latest tools into their daily workflows and operations. His Fellowship is supported by Google News Lab.
Prior to his Fellowship, Laurent was the director of the $80 million Fonds Pour l’innovation Numérique de la Presse (FINP), funded by Google in partnership with the L’ Association de la Presse d’Information Politique et Générale (AIPG). FINP seeks to help French media embrace digital transformation. Laurent has previously managed digital journalism programs at the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) and was a deputy director of the Global Editors Network (GEN) in Paris, where he helped pioneer the Global Data Journalism Awards and Editors Lab hackathons. He also managed an innovation fund at the European Journalism Center in Maastricht, Netherlands, and serves as a strategic consultant with Code for Africa on projects in Francophone Africa.