Juliana Ruhfus

Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma

Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and producer of interactive journalism projects with over two decades experience working for international broadcasters, the UN, and investigative NGOs.

She joined Al Jazeera English as part of the team that prepared the channel to go on air and her film on Liberian ex-combatants launched the channel’s programming content in 2006. As a Senior Presenter for the People & Power strand she made nearly 50 films. She has gone undercover in Turkmenistan and in Cambodian orphanages, produced the critically acclaimed, five-part Corporations on Trial series, and her two-part investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian women into the Italian sex-trade rank among the most-watched People & Power episodes ever. In 2012 she began to experiment with interactive work resulting in the multi-award winning Pirate Fishing - Interactive Investigation, a gamified version of the RTS-nominated TV documentary. This was followed by the award-winning #Hacked mobile web app that allows users to embark on a real life investigation of Syria's cyberwar. In July 2017 she received a funding grant from the Google Digital News Initiative to develop a generic open source interactive storytelling app InterviewJS.

Her work has been awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship and a scholarship for Harvard’s Global Trauma Program. She serves on the European board of directors of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, the advisory board for the International Bar Association's EyeWitness project and she is a trustee to the Environmental Justice Foundation.

Outside television she has also worked in an investigative capacity for NGOs and twice as a consultant to the United Nations Security Council monitoring the arms embargo on Somalia.

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