Journalist, Trainer, Media consultant
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Lisa Schnellinger is a journalist, photographer, trainer and media consultant with 30 years of media experience in 21 countries, specializing in Asia and the Middle East. She is the president of NearMedia LLC, a company working in partnership with Media Foundation 360 to create News Lens Pakistan, and she managed the project which launched Truth Tracker, a fact-checking and promise-tracking site run by Media 360. Ms. Schnellinger is the founder and long-time adviser to Pajhwok Afghan News, the first and leading independent Afghan news agency. As a trainer and project manager across the globe, she has worked with reporters, photographers, editors and managers to develop visual content, set up and manage multimedia websites, plan and execute special issues coverage, and incorporate data into reporting. She has also created and managed training programs in civic journalism, including live production of news content, for presidential, parliamentary, and local elections in Afghanistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Cambodia, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia. Ms. Schnellinger was a reporter for 12 years and an editor for six years at daily newspapers in Ohio, Seattle, and Beijing.