30 Under 30: These Talents Are Shaping The European Media & Marketing Industry At The Turn Of The Decade

A lot has happened in the media & marketing landscape since the beginning of the decade. Back then the Washington Post was not yet in the hands of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world’s richest individual with a net worth of more than $100 billion. Twitter had not yet become the medium of choice for the American president to communicate with the world and the Financial Times and The Wallstreet Journal still had German editions. Fast forward to the end of the decade and you will find many candidates of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Media and Marketing Europe 2019 list playing a role in the ongoing media and marketing disruption. 

Nicola Keaney, 29, Deputy Director of Newsgathering at CGTN, made her way into journalism after the Germanwings plane crashed in the French Alps in 2015. She got sent to the scene by Sky News and soon after found herself deputy foreign news editor at 25. Keaney was at Brussels airport when the bombs went off in March 2016 and in Bamako, Mali, when ISIS took over and killed 20 people inside a hotel. After working at Dataminr for two years, where she used social media to break news in real time before the traditional wires did, Keaney started her role at CGTN a few months ago. 

Freelance journalist Sally Hayden, 29, also doesn’t refrain from going where there is conflict. An expert on migration and humanitarian crises, she has reported from Syria, Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq. Her work on refugee returns to Syria has been used in legal challenges in Germany and the United States. In the U.K., she mentors in the Refugee Journalism Programme, helping exiled journalists restart their careers. 

Tom Platt, 28, combines old media with modern methods. Hired as the first ever Digital Editor for Reuters Video News, his position puts digital storytelling at the center of the company’s newsgathering process challenging the entire course of how news has been told traditionally. Working with bureaus across the world, Platt heads the decision-making process of how to tell news for a modern audience. The result: over 200 video news stories per day, 24/7, around the globe. 

Andreas Bruckschloegel, 29, started his first business as a teenager, selling backpacks on eBay. His own online shop followed and soon after he got into optimizing websites to better promote his online business. This passion led him co-founding Ryte, an innovative software company for website quality management. Fast forward to today, the company has over 70 employees and generates revenue of more than €3.5 million. Bruckschloegel also co-founded Bits & Pretzels. What started as a small founders’ breakfast in Munich, Germany, has grown into a leading startup conference with more than 5,000 attendees from around the world. 

Kristina Lunz and Marissa Conway, both 29, co-founded the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, a research and advocacy organization based in London and Berlin. Their idea is to promote a feminist approach to foreign and security policy. Lunz, who studied in London, Oxford and Stanford, heads the German branch of the organization. Conway, originally from Silicon Valley, California, moved to London for her studies and now oversees the Centre’s UK operations.

Reni Eddo-Lodge, 29, journalist, author and podcaster, has made a name for herself in the U.K. and abroad. Her debut non-fiction book “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race”, published in 2017, has been translated and published in France, Sweden, Poland and Germany. Her podcast “About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge” premiered in March 2018 and has been named one of the best podcasts of 2018 by British GQ and Wired. A Sunday Times bestseller “WHY I’M” won the 2018 Jhalak Prize, the 2018 Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, and a 2018 British Book Award for Narrative Non-Fiction. 


This article originally appeared on Forbes