Alexander Zolotarev

[e] alex@culturalolympics.org.uk
[tw] @ZanderZolotarev

Alexander Zolotarev is a regular attendee of the world’s leading conferences on new media, such as Interactive Editor & Publisher conference in the USA, the Next Web in Amsterdam, the Russian Internet Forum in Moscow, Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT Stata Center, organized by the MIT Media Lab and the Knight Foundation. Alexander is a 2008 Knight News Challenge winner. His project, SochiReporter.ru, received a $ 600, 000 grant from the Knight Foundation (for more information about SochiReporter.ru please see a paragraph below). In 2007-2008 Alexander spent 11 months in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, working on his PhD dissertation on Journalism 2.0, convergence culture and virtual communities at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

Previously, Alexander worked several years as staff editor in the Russian edition of the Esquire magazine, where he also covered techno gadgets and hi-tech innovation, and was later promoted to special projects editor in 9 magazines including Harvard Business Review (Russia), National Geographic (Russia), National Geographic Traveler (Russia). He was also a staff correspondent in the entertainment and pop-culture program ‘All at once!’ at NTV Channel (one of the leading channels in Russia). He is currently leading a project called SochiReporter, in advance of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.