Kaizar Campwala is a graduate student at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he is researching sustainable models for producing high quality journalism in this data rich, digital era. Kaizar is the former editor of the online startup NewsTrust, where citizens can rate stories for facts, fairness, context and other core journalistic principles — and become more discriminating news consumers in the process. At NewsTrust, Kaizar coordinated editorial activities on the site, managed partnerships with organizations such as the Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post, and oversaw the growth of the community to nearly 20,000 members. It is a non-profit project, funded in part by the MacArthur Foundation and Omidyar Networks
Prior to joining NewsTrust, Kaizar worked on communications projects with the City of New York, including Mayor Bloomberg’s 311 service. He earned a A.B. from Brown University in political science, with a focus on American political development.