My Current Projects

These are projects I’m currently working on, or recently finished. I’ll do my best to keep it updated.

Investigative reporting

My main focus is freelance investigative reporting in Louisiana. I publish with New Orleans outlets as well as smaller, more local newspapers that desperately need more government accountability coverage. In 2018, I won second place for Investigative Reporting at the New Orleans Press Club awards, and in 2019 I was named one of the 100 most influential people in tech in Louisiana.

You can read all of my stories on my Contently portfolio and contact me with freelance opportunities.

Tools for Reporters

I publish a newsletter that introduces journalists to a useful new tool every other week. This project aims to help reporters keep up with the onslaught of digital development in an approachable, hands-on way. The newsletter has tripled in subscribers since 2017, and has been recommended by Poynter, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Lenfest Institute.

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Teaching and training

I teach journalism tools and techniques at conferences, universities, newsrooms and professional organizations, including through IRE, SPJ and the Google News Initiative, and American University in Washington, DC.

You can find my tutorials here or contact me for speaking engagements.

Anti-misinformation advocacy

I work on several ongoing projects relating to the current misinformation crisis. In 2018, I spoke on a "fake news" panel in Moscow, helped organize a MisinfoCon conference in London, and was invited to Harvard to brainstorm best practices with other anti-misinfo trainers. In 2017, I gave a talk about threat modeling against misinformation in Serbia.

✍️ Send me your pitches for MisinfoCon

Hacks/Hackers

I head communications for Hacks/Hackers, the world's largest journalism/tech association with 115 chapters around the globe. In 2018 I helped launch new chapters in Moscow, Rome, Jakarta and Benin. I also co-founded the local Hacks/Hackers New Orleans chapter in 2016. If you have questions about Hacks/Hackers or would like to join a chapter, please contact me at samantha@hackshackers.com.

     

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Articles for journalists

I occasionally write articles for journalists, mostly published in news industry publications. These have been published in Poynter, Open News, the Global Investigative Journalism Network and other sites. My articles can be found on my Contently portfolio, and I am available for freelance work at samanthasunne@gmail.com.

What else?
     

As of January 2019, I'm helping Emojination add more representative emojis to the Unicode library. In 2016, I participated in the Berlin Capital Program of the Fulbright Commission, and in 2018, did a similar trip in Moscow with Creative Diplomacy. I taught myself Swedish but mostly forgot it, and learned Spanish and forgot only some of it. I am also working on reaching Level 2 in Krav Maga 🙇‍♂️