Jane Madlyn McElhone is a British-Canadian consultant with extensive experience building
the capacity of media outlets and journalists in transitional and closed societies.
Her areas of expertise include strategic project development and evaluation, research in the
fields of media and free expression, and philanthropy and human rights. She has collaborated
on media projects around the world, including living and working in Myanmar, Afghanistan
and East Timor. After completing a Master of Science with Distinction in Migration,
Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, she
also began working at the nexus of media and migration.
Based in Myanmar since 2015, Jane is a contributing editor of the book project Myanmar
Media in Transition. She has mapped the country’s national and ethnic media sectors, and co-
authored a PEN America report — “Unfinished Freedom: A Blueprint for the Future of Free
Expression in Myanmar”.
In 2017 Jane presented her research on ethnic media in Myanmar at the annual conference of
the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Toronto, Canada. In 2016 she did a presentation on Myanmar
at a conference of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs — “Media Capture in an Age of
Political Polarization: Preserving Media Independence.”
While working at the Open Society Foundations’ Program on Independent Journalism, Jane
managed a diverse portfolio of media projects and partnerships in South and Southeast Asia,
Latin America, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe and the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA). She has also worked as a journalism trainer and media development expert in
Afghanistan, East Timor, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Jane launched her journalistic career as a producer, journalist and editor at the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation. She is an advocate of creative expression and, for seven years,
curated the travelling photo-journalistic exhibition “Voices on the Rise: Afghan Women
Making the News”.
Jane was a Journalistes en Europe fellow and has an undergraduate degree in social
anthropology from Université Laval in Québec City. Fluent in French, she also has
knowledge of Spanish (comprehension and reading).