Coda Media

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Coda Media
Coda Story mini logo.svg
Type of site
Online magazine
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersNew York City, United States
EditorsNatalia Antelava and Ilan Greenberg
LaunchedDecember 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)
Current statusActive

Coda Media is a New York-based online crisis reporting news platform, headed by Natalia Antelava, a former BBC correspondent, and Ilan Greenberg, a magazine and newspaper writer who served as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist and TV producer, serves as the editor-at-large.


Coda deploys a team of journalists to report on an ongoing crisis.[1] Unlike traditional media outlets, Coda's journalists stay focused on a specific story for up to a year in order to put "individual stories in the context of larger events."[2] Coda has covered three crises thus far; the migrant crisis in Europe, LGBT rights in Russia, and disinformation campaigns across Eurasia.[3] The start-up employs a team of reporters, editors, and designers in the United States, Georgia, and Russia. Coda is attempting to bring together reporters from different news outlets to work on and develop stories together.[3] Coda's reporting is accessible on the Coda Story website.

Coda is focused on "original storytelling."[4] Coda divides its different reporting focuses into "currents," such as a disinformation current. The start-up plans to eventually have different "Codas" for different crises.[4]


Coda Media is a non-profit organization and depends on large foundation grants for the majority of its revenue. Coda Media has partnered with several newsrooms throughout Eurasia via the Coda Network, which received a grant of $180,130 from the US Government-backed National Endowment for Democracy.[5][6][7]

Coda is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices in New York City and Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Coda is supported by foundation grants and private donations and has also experimented with crowd-funding.[1][8]


In 2018, Coda Story and Reveal[9] won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award[10] for their collaborative radio documentary "Russia's New Scapegoats",[11] which explores the human costs as well as the political reasons behind the Kremlin's war on gay people.

In 2014, Coda won the Best Startups for News competition from the Global Editors Network.[12] Coda was a finalist for the 2016 Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling for a Small Newsroom Award for its project, "Permission to Exterminate: Terror in Central Asia."[13][14]



  1. ^ a b "How Coda Story will add continuity to crisis coverage one story at a time". Archived from the original on 2017-12-28. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  2. ^ BBC Academy (16 December 2015). "A startup called Coda Media wants to help journalists keep reporting on stories after 'mainstream media' has left". American Press Institute. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Wang, Shan (1 December 2016). "Coda Story, focused on deep dives around single themes, is now tackling a "post-truth" Eurasia". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b ""Stay on the Story": Former BBC correspondent launches new reporting platform Coda". GEN. Archived from the original on 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  5. ^ "Eurasia Regional 2019". NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY. Archived from the original on 2020-11-25. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  6. ^ "Why Armenia Is Cheesed Off With Eurasia". Coda Story. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  7. ^ "NED Grantees Win European Press Prize". NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY. 2020-06-17. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  8. ^ "Coda Story, focused on deep dives around single themes, is now tackling a "post-truth" Eurasia". Nieman Lab. Harvard.
  9. ^ "Reveal". Reveal.
  10. ^ "2018 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award Winners Announced - School of Journalism".
  11. ^ "Russia's new scapegoats". 24 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Startups for News". GEN. Archived from the original on 2018-07-14. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  13. ^ "Coda Story Award-Winning Work - Online Journalism Awards". Online Journalism Awards.
  14. ^ "Terror in Central Asia - Video". 3 May 2016.
  15. ^ Weiss, Michael (February 27, 2018). "The Interpreter Joins Coda Story". The Interpreter.