Jane Madlyn McElhone has expertise in journalism, media development, free expression, human rights, and migration. She has worked extensively in strategic project development, monitoring and evaluation, grant-making, and capacity-building of media outlets and journalists in closed and transitional societies. Previously Jane worked for the Open Society Foundations, managing support for a global portfolio of independent journalism and media initiatives, as a trainer and media development specialist in South and Southeast Asia, including in Afghanistan and Timor Leste, and as a producer and journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Jane co-curated a photojournalism exhibition on Afghan women leaders in media, politics and civil society that was exhibited in Canada, Europe, and Indonesia.
She has a Masters of Science in Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Anthropology from Université Laval, Québec.
Jane is contributing co-editor of the volume Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change (ISEAS, 2019), contributing editor of The Business of Chin Media: News, Audiences, Challenges, Survival (MDIF, 2019) and An Unfavourable Business: Running Local Media in Myanmar’s Ethnic States and Regions (MDIF, 2018), contributor to In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy (2017), and co-author of Unfinished Freedom: A Blueprint for the Future of Free Expression in Myanmar (PEN America, 2015).