What is Coda?

Coda Story reports on major currents shaping our world from disinformation to authoritarian technologies to the war on science. Coda stays on these stories to reveal why they matter, how they are connected and where they are heading next.

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Authoritarian Tech

Modern technology was supposed to end dictatorship. But will it end democracy instead?


War on Science

Access to all human knowledge is at our fingertips. But we’re entering into a crisis of reason.


Propaganda warfare is increasingly shaping narratives, policies and lives around the world.


Rewriting History

Interpreting the past to serve political agendas


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Our editorial policy

We care about accuracy and our information sources

Coda grants sources anonymity under exceptional circumstances only if they provide information that is not attainable through other channels and put themselves at risk by being identified. In the story, Coda explains why the source requested anonymity and the source’s motivation for revealing information. Coda does not pay for interviews nor do our journalists accept gifts of any kind from sources.
Coda journalists identify as Coda journalists. We do not misidentify or misrepresent to get a story. Coda operates undercover only in exceptional cases after rigorous discussion with senior management.
Coda recognizes that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention. Coda journalists strive to minimize harm by reporting with sensitivity and compassion for those who may be adversely affected by our stories.
Coda strives for accuracy without exceptions. If there is a mistake in a story, Coda will post a correction as soon as it is confirmed and will make it clear when texts have been altered for correction.
Who we are

We are a team of experienced reporters and editors, technologists and designers

We work to tell you stories you have never heard before and show you connections between them you never knew existed

Board of directors
Nicholas Dawes
Executive director of The City, an award-winning, nonprofit digital news outlet in New York City. Nicholas was previously the deputy executive director for Media at Human Rights Watch. He has also served as chief content officer of Hindustan Times, one of India’s largest news organization and editor-in-chief of South Africa’s leading investigative and political title, the Mail & Guardian. He is also a co-founder and a director of the Mail & Guardian Center for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit set up to support major reporting projects, advocate for freedom of information and provide training to journalists from across Southern Africa. Nicholas is the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Liz Heron
Liz is a digital media executive and journalist who has spent her career specializing in the intersection of reporting, storytelling and digital innovation. Currently, she consults on digital media strategies — for the Knight Foundation and others — after serving most recently as the Executive Editor of The Huffington Post. At HuffPost, she led a nimble, digitally-savvy newsroom of reporters, editors and video journalists. Before joining The Huffington Post, she ran the news and journalism partnerships team at Facebook. Previously, Liz was a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal in charge of news for mobile, social media, audience development and multimedia. Prior to that, Liz was Social Media Editor at The New York Times. Before that, she was on ABCNews.com’s audience development team, increasing traffic, interactivity and engagement through SEO, social media and blogs. Before ABCNews, Liz spent five years at the Washington Post as an editor on the Foreign, National Security and Local desks, developing strategies to cover the news using social media, curation and interactivity; running multimedia projects, live-blogging major international news events, and developing new blogs and partnerships.
Maria Ressa
A journalist in Asia for 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital-only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Rappler’s executive editor and CEO, Maria has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government. In 2021, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work “to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Maria was also named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, and is the recipient of the John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, the Tucholsky Prize, the Truth to Power Award, and the Four Freedoms Award. Before founding Rappler, Maria focused on investigating terrorism in Southeast Asia. She opened and ran CNN’s Manila Bureau for nearly a decade before opening the network’s Jakarta bureau, which she ran from 1995 to 2005.
Megan Price
As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan Price drives the organization’s overarching strategy, leads scientific projects, and presents HRDAG’s work to diverse audiences. Her scientific work includes analyzing documents from the National Police Archive in Guatemala and contributing analyses submitted as evidence in multiple court cases in Guatemala. Her work in Syria includes collaborating with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and Amnesty International on several analyses of conflict-related deaths in that country.
Alex Jakana
Alex Jakana is a program officer for Global Media Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Alex helps set up media partnerships for the foundation as well as manage a portfolio of media investments in support of the foundation’s global health and development goals in Africa, India, China, Europe and the US. Before joining the foundation, Alex was Executive Producer editorial partnerships at the BBC in London. Alex also worked for three different radio stations in Uganda between 1997 and 2004.
Inga Thordar
Inga Thordar is an award-winning editor and experienced newsroom leader and media executive. She was the Executive Editor of CNN Digital Worldwide, overseeing all international news, sport and programming teams for more than 6 years, running teams in London, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Lagos and NY. She was previously Senior Editor at the BBC bringing together TV and digital production teams and commissioning. She edited the BBC's news front page as well as lead digital innovations on both TV and radio platforms. She is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in newsrooms and has led changes and initiatives in both organizations in this field. An Iceland native, Inga is based in London.
Ilan Greenberg
A co-founder of Coda, Ilan was a 2015 Tow-Knight Fellow at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and a New York City-based magazine and newspaper writer. Ilan was a visiting public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC. He was a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and has since written for the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Slate, and Foreign Policy among other publications. Ilan teaches writing at the Globalization and International Affairs Program at Bard College. Ilan is an executive Director of the Board.
Natalia Antelava
A co-founder of Coda, Natalia is an Emmy-nominee and award winning journalist. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia she started her career freelancing in West Africa. Since then, she had been BBC’s resident correspondent in the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East, Washington DC and India. She has covered the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008, the war in Eastern Ukraine and reported undercover from Burma, Yemen and Uzbekistan. Her investigations into human rights abuses in Central Asia, Iraq and the United States have won her a number of awards. In addition to a career in broadcast journalism, Natalia has also written for the Guardian, Forbes magazine and the New Yorker among others. Natalia is an executive Director of the Board.

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