Samantha Berkhead oversees IJNet, ICFJ’s website that delivers the latest on global media innovation and professional opportunities in seven languages. Berkhead manages a team of editors, writers and translators based across the globe.
Under her leadership, IJNet equips journalists with the resources and opportunities they need to navigate today’s complex, rapidly evolving digital media sphere, particularly in challenging or restrictive press environments. She created a closed Facebook community, the IJNet Forum, to give IJNet’s readers a space to connect and share with one another.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Berkhead holds a degree in journalism and mass communication from St. Bonaventure University. During college, she studied abroad at Ulster University in Northern Ireland, where she studied broadcast journalism, UK media law and screenwriting. As editor-in-chief of The Bona Venture, she covered local environmental issues and campus diversity initiatives, and singlehandedly redesigned the newspaper’s layout.
Her passion for journalism as a means of connecting people across borders led her to join ICFJ as IJNet’s editorial and social media intern, and then as its English and Engagement Editor.
Her main areas of interest as a journalist are climate justice, women’s and LGBT rights and conflict resolution — and the ways in which they intersect. In 2017, she was one of 18 journalists from around the world selected to attend the Media in Conflicts Seminar at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel, where she strengthened her conflict reporting skills.
In addition to studying Italian for more than 10 years, she can also speak French and is currently taking Russian classes.
Follow her on Twitter: @samberkhead.