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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).