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Grzegorz Piechota

Harvard University
Nieman Fellow
USA
As a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, Grzegorz Piechota explores transformation of media business, the future of work in creative industries and works on a vision of the future news ecosystem.

Piechota is an experienced editor and news media executive of Poland’s Agora, one of the most successful media companies in Eastern Europe. Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper was founded in 1989 by an underground opposition to bring independent journalism to communist Poland and support the first free elections.

Piechota began his career at Gazeta in 1996 as a reporter in one of the smallest local offices rising to a news editor and a vice-president of Agora Foundation. Before coming to U.S. for a fellowship Piechota led an innovation laboratory Gazeta and was responsible for new product development. His research areas included digital engagement, data analytics, new content formats and individual branding.

He got an unique experience in launching new ventures as a founder of two daily newspapers in early 2000s and numerous magazines, websites on local news, health, personal finance, science in recent years. From 2011 to 2013 as a news editor he run a major redesign of Gazeta’s newsroom organisation and workflows. It included introductions of a real-time news desk, a 24/7 social media desk, and an innovative editorial data analytics team. From 2006 to 2010 as a features editor he supervised investigative and crowdsourcing journalism projects of which some won international news media awards.

Piechota is a board member of Dallas-based International News Media Association -- a worldwide network of 7,000+ media executives -- and was the first ever editor that served as its European board's president for two terms. He is an active member of the Young Readers Committee of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, the Online News Association, the Global Editors Network.

He organised a major annual digital journalism event in Poland called the Digital Journalism Days and a journalism hackathon called Editors’ Lab together with Paris-based GEN. He gave lectures and run workshops all over the world. In the last two years he was focused on training journalists and media executives in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Piechota is 40 years old. He graduated in law. He is married with two small children. He speaks fluent English, Polish, Russian and communicates in German.