Digital Editor

Yasir Khan is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, educator, and digital media consultant. He was, until recently, head of digital video, social platforms and podcasts at Al Jazeera English. 

Yasir built AJE's social video team from the ground up and was named the Online Media Awards' Editor of the Year in 2016. He also created and launched AJE's weekly podcast The Debrief. 

Prior to this, as AJE's senior producer of programmes, Yasir directed award-winning films including the world's first feature documentary shot entirely on mobile phones - Syria: Songs of Defiance. 

Yasir honed his storytelling craft at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in both radio and television. As one of the CBC's first video journalists, his work took him around the world, from the Canadian Arctic, to Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, to the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, to the Sri Lankan civil war.

Yasir currently lives in the idyllic Canadian Maritimes, from where he advises publishers, media companies and documentary and podcast projects on storytelling and all matters digital.


“I choose not to be a "next big thing" person, but rather a "perpetual big thing" person. For me, the two biggest perpetual things are storytelling and audience. No matter the trend, getting to know your audience and telling them good stories is always going to be crucial. Get a handle on those, and you've got a handle on everything else.”​

Judging panel

Alice Audley

Founder and Editor

Yasir Khan

Digital Editor

Anne-Marie Tomchak

UK Editor

Ben De pear

Channel 4 News

Bill Hagerty

British Journalism Review

Cameron Clarke

Deputy Editor
The Drum

Doug Wills

Managing Editor
London Evening Standard, Independent

Esra Do?ramac?

Senior Editor, Digital
Deutsche Welle

Ian Burrell

Media journalist and consultant.

Jacqui Kavanagh

VP of Partnerships

Jo Morrell

Managing Editor
The Telegraph

Jon Laurence

Deputy Editor

Kenya Hunt

Deputy Editor and Fashion Features Director

Matthew Kaminski

Executive Editor

Nick Creed

Co-Founder & Digital Director
The Drum

Orit Kopel


Peter Clifton

Press Association

Phil Lynch

CEO of Media
Manchester United Football Club

Phin Wong

Supervising Editor, Digital News / Lifestyle

Pippa Scaife

Commercial Director

Polly Curtis

HuffPost UK

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones Reports LLC

Sarah Marshall

Head of audience growth
Condé Nast International

Simon Davies

Managing Director, EMEA

siobhan kenny

Chief Executive

Steve Ackerman

Managing Director
Somethin' Else

steven wilson-beales

Head of Editorial