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Want to find out more about ReNEWS? Who’s behind this initiative? What our future plans might include? Find the answers to these questions and more below.

What is ReNEWS?

ReNEWS is a community for news professionals to come together (virtually, for now) to discuss pressing socio-cultural challenges and how they affect our newsrooms, our workflow and our editorial decisions. Committed to considering various perspectives, we aim to reflect and learn. We’ll always start with two key questions, “Where are our blind spots in our coverage? Are we choosing sides, however inadvertently?”

What will ReNEWS Do?

ReNEWS is a (virtual) conversation for news professionals about pressing social issues and how we in the news cover them. We will host a quarterly conversation between experts and editors, and we’ll look at everything through the lens of “how does this affect my newsroom?”

Who’s on your Board of Advisors?
We have assembled an Advisory Board comprising some of the most insightful and creative thinkers from across the news industry and from around the world. Their experience and their expertise is amazing. Please be sure to check them out here .
Who's behind ReNEWS?

ReNEWS has been initiated by a team with extensive experience in the world of news and media.

The moderator and face of ReNEWS is Amy Selwyn. Amy started her career in US and international news and journalism with The New York Times, the BBC, and The Associated Press. Later, as an independent consultant, she became the managing director of News Xchange, the international news industry’s premier annual gathering.

In 2012, Amy co-founded Storytegic, a consultancy firm to media brands, with Cornelis Jacobs, where they developed journalism events in South Africa, Indonesia, the Middle East, China and Japan. This experience ultimately led to the launch of ReNEWS at the end of 2020 with support of fellow partners Janine Roozemond and Martijn van der Werff who have more than 30 years experience in event and television production through their company Kingcanary.

Here is a list of the ReNEWS team members.

  • Fiona Dodd – Partnership Manager
  • Cornelis Jacobs – Founding Partner
  • Busisiwe Lethole – Social Media Coordinator
  • Wouter Oostinjen – Production Manager
  • Janine Roozemond – Founding Partner / Executive Producer
  • Sabrina Saytes – Creative Producer
  • Amy Selwyn – Founding Partner / Moderator
  • Martijn van der Werff – Founding partner / Executive Producer
How can I pitch an idea?

We are always on the lookout for interesting thinkers to join the team or suggest a new perspective or a session topic. If you have an idea for a thought-provoking session that aligns with our goal of reflecting on socio-cultural challenges in our news coverage, please share. We love great ideas! You can find us at

How can I support or partner with ReNEWS?

ReNEWS is made possible by supporters who believe in our work. Are you interested in reaching a vital target group? And supporting the aims of ReNEWS? Then please contact Fiona Dodd, our Partnership Manager. She will be happy to discuss how your brand, product or service can be showcased to its full potential – from logos, links and virtual lounges through to workshops, breakout sessions and more. Fiona can be reached at: