30 Under 30 in Media
meet the 2016 class of 30 under 30 in media
As legacy news organizations struggle to appeal to younger audiences, a new news order has emerged, that leverages mobile, viral video and real-time reporting via twitter and news apps to connect. The next generation of media makers are telling stories and building their own companies before they reach the age of 30. Forbes 2016 30 Under 30 in Media includes Anna Kasparian, co-host of The Young Turks, one of the largest online daily news and politics shows in the world with 45 million unique and 2.4 million subscribers.
Check out Anna Kasparian and all the other names on this year’s 30 Under 30 Media list courtesy of Forbes:
Founders challenging the doom-and-gloom of news:
Emerson Spartz, whose viral media site Dose, cofounded with wife Gaby, pulls in 50 million visitors a month and has landed more than $30 million in investor funding to date. And Evan Beard and Kendall Dabaghi, the A Plus cofounders who launched their positive news site along with Ashton Kutcher in 2014.
Standouts in international relations:
Gianna Toboni, producer of HBO’s Vice, has interviewed ISIS fighters in Iraq and covered disputed territories in the East China Sea. After she took her findings on sexual assault on college campuses to U.S. Senators, the Dept. of Education is looking into the case. Brett Perlmutter, who founded and leads Google’s operations in Cuba, bringing high speed internet to the country, along with Google Chrome, Google Play, Google Analytics and Google Toolbar. And Anna Kasparian, co-host of The Young Turks, one of the largest online daily news and politics shows in the world with 45 million monthly visitors.
Creators building media services:
Kate Gardiner’s digital agency DTSL has advised more than 60 media companies, startups and foundations on projects like the relaunch of Newsweek, now owned by IBT Media, and the launch of Al Jazeera’s The Stream. Daire Hickey, who takes care of top-tier partners, like Google and Facebook, for Web Summit. Its world-wide conferences pulled in $2 million+ in media partnerships for 2015 alone. And Amanda Gutterman, who cofounded Slant‘s 70% revenue share model, helping keep emerging writers from being forced to take on unpaid internships or give away their work for free.
Intrapreneurs making big media better:
Chad Mumm, Vox‘s youngest VP, co-launched The Verge, started Vox Studios, ran Vox Creative (a big driver of Vox’s revenue), and founded Vox Entertainment. Anna Ly is responsible for designing and developing new ways of storytelling, as well as the best partners to work with, for Sesame Workshop. And Alex Taylor, the VP of digital strategy who boosted Clique Media Group‘s traffic more than 400% in her first year.
And voices telling the stories they couldn’t find enough of: Zim Ugochukwu, the biologist-turned-travel-writer launched TravelNoire in 2013 after struggling to find images of young black travelers like herself on Instagram. Now, she’s at the forefront of what is being called the Black Travel Movement. Doreen St. Félix is editor-at-large for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter. St. Félix has worked as a consultant on Steve McQueen’s HBO pilot, Codes of Conduct, and is an activist writer for women’s reproductive rights and other issues. And Julie Zeilinger, whose Fbomb feminist blog partnered with the Women’s Media Center in 2014. Zeilinger is a staff writer at Mic and author of two books.