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Author: Loretta Chao
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Loretta is an award-winning journalist who brings 18 years of experience in newspapers, digital media, and technology to her work with people and organizations making a positive impact.
She is currently VP, Strategy & Startups, at the American Journalism Project, working to incubate and launch innovative and sustainable local news solutions.
Loretta joined AJP from VICE Media, where she was director of strategy and operations and oversaw editorial strategy for the company’s first direct-to-consumer subscription product. She also worked on programming for VICE’s experiential business, and execution of new initiatives including its first major live streaming news production.
Prior to VICE, Loretta was director of international corporate affairs at e-commerce giant JD.com. Before that, she was at The Wall Street Journal for almost 12 years and was a foreign correspondent in Brazil and China where she won awards for her business and technology coverage.
Here are some of her awards and achievements:
Malcom Forbes Award (Overseas Press Club) for reports on companies profiting from censorship and surveillance (2011)
Best in Business award (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) for the same series (2011)
Scoop Award Honorable Mention (The Society of Publishers in Asia) for reporting on Green Dam (2010)
Nominated for a Webby Award for online film and video (2009)
Guest speaker: Clinton Global Initiative, Women in Tech, China 2.0 at Stanford University
Book: “Pope Francis: From the End of the Earth to Rome” (2013)
Loretta is an advocate for media literacy, newsroom diversity, and more objective coverage of human sexuality. She has written a couple of articles for Future of Sex in 2017 – covering mind-controlled sex toys and 3D printed genitals for blind students.
Developers experiment with brain sensors for emerging form of vibrator play.
Pilot program focuses on making sex ed more accessible.