Jens Erik Gould is Editor in chief and co-developer of The Knife Media.
Jens is a print, radio and video journalist who has reported from over a dozen countries on issues including politics, business and music. Jens Erik Gould covered Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela as a regular contributor to The New York Times and National Public Radio. Subsequently, he was a staff correspondent for Bloomberg News in Mexico City, covering the country’s economy, politics and drug violence. He then covered California as a regular contributor for TIME Magazine and time.com. Jens has also appeared on camera for CNN, Fox News and France 24.
He is also creator, producer and host of Bravery Tapes, a web series published on The Huffington Post that tells stories of human courage. Jens Erik Gould has earned a Fulbright scholarship and two Pulitzer Center grants.
Shane is a professional problem solver and geek, compulsive autodidact, productivity hacker, and occasional performer at open mic nights. He holds a MSc in Computer Science and has been a software engineer since 2011 and Star Wars fan since the late 1980s. He is passionate about education and believes that if we can change “how” people think, we can change the world!
Originally from Mexico, Ivy moved to New York City in 2000 after graduating from the Technological Institute of Monterrey (ITESM), one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. Having earned a B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in Literature, Writing and Foreign Languages, she landed her first job with the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest human rights and international literary organization. There, she coordinated advocacy campaigns exposing the plight of imprisoned and persecuted writers and journalists around the world.
Two years later, she moved to New York’s capital region to consult with various companies, offering writing, editing, publishing and training services. Since July 2005, Ivy has co-authored and published numerous articles on science, philosophy and ethics in a Mexican scientific journal, and later co-authored two books on the same subjects that were published in the U.S.
Drawn by the mission and the potential impact of The Knife on world media, Ivy joined the company in July 2016. In a few months, she certified in all areas of analysis and became an editor. In addition to contributing to what she considers is a noble pursuit and a project that is precisely what the world needs, she enjoys the intellectual and perceptual challenges the work provides, as well as the team’s warm, geeky and humorous camaraderie.
José Carlos heads The Knife’s first international branch in Mexico. Originally from the southern State of Chiapas, he moved to Mexico City to begin a career at one of Mexico’s highest ranking universities worldwide, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). There, he earned a B.A. in Communication Sciences, as well as a certification for teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.
Two elements fined-tuned José Carlos interests to teaching and problem solving: a genuine desire to help others achieve their goals, as well as helping them broaden their perspectives and self-expression. These inspired his work over the next eight years after graduation, in which he worked as a journalist, writer, editor, copywriter and foreign language teacher in Mexico City. Inherent in his work was a desire to help people find new, perhaps more efficient forms of expression, or simply a quest to find more efficient ways to solve problems.
In May 2015, José Carlos joined The Knife. Apart from its founding members, he was the first to certify in all areas of Knife analysis — data, spin, slant, logic and writing — and later earned the position of editor. Through his work with the company, he has contributed to the data-based tools and criteria that can help bring more accountability, accuracy and responsibility to the media.
The Knife’s first historian hails from North Vancouver, British Columbia. Julia studied History and English Literature at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, British Columbia. During her time there, she worked as a research assistant in SFU’s history department, which would further fuel her questioning nature.
The lessons of her academic background seemed to match what she found in The Knife a few years later: History, after all, is often narrowly propagated by either the “winning” or the “revisionist” side. Shortly after joining the company in January 2015, Julia certified in logic, spin, writing and slant — the last of which perhaps speaks most to her. For, if media doesn’t help people try on different perspectives, expand their viewpoints and think more deeply — other than entertainment — what’s the point?
Julia’s commitment, caring and skepticism has helped shape the company, especially its slant analysts. Parting from the idea that the media can give people access to what’s going on in other parts of the world without having to travel there, Julia strives to bridge the gaps in a data-based, unbiased way. She hopes to make a difference by helping others appreciate various perspectives, while expanding their viewpoints and thinking more critically about the apparent differences. Why? Because those apparent differences — which might inspire fear, violence or hate — may, in the end, be not that different.
Lisa has been writing and editing professionally for nearly 11 years. As a teenager, she became interested in politics, deciding to pursue a career in journalism so she could cover politically-oriented stories. She first earned an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Sussex County Community College, graduating Phi Theta Kappa. Later, she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Philosophy from Ithaca College. For 10 years, she was a senior product editor with a company in the document imaging industry, Buyers Laboratory LLC, which is now known as Keypoint Intelligence.
Lisa believes that journalism, when done ethically and transparently, is the cornerstone of a free and democratic society. She joined The Knife in December 2016, recognizing its mission as the reason she pursued journalism in the first place. In a month’s time, she certified both as a writer and data analyst, and later as a lead researcher. Her inquisitive, passionate and nerdy disposition is a great match for her work on The Knife, satisfying not only her love of learning, but also the pleasure that comes from eliminating distortion and getting to the raw data to see what the story really is, or what the media isn’t telling readers.
Originally from Frankford, New Jersey, Lisa now lives in Florida, New York. There, she finds renewed motivation by contemplating trends observed in the world, like societal regression, the perpetuation of inhumane ideologies, selfishness and apathy. With The Knife, she hopes to show media conglomerates they too can create unspun, objective information that people will actively consume.
The Knife prizes itself on bringing together skilled, capable individuals from diverse walks of life, and Sylvie is one of the analysts with a most unique background. At age 16, she left school in her native Bristol in the U.K. to pursue a career in showjumping, which eventually brought her to New York, where she now resides. After several years as a competitive equestrian, Sylvie retired from the sport (but never from athletics) to pursue other professional endeavors.
Having grown up in a family of lawyers, journalists, CEOs and financial experts, she learned to be aware and concerned about world affairs. Her exposure to business and culture inspired later pursuits, such as serving as a project manager with the multinational finance company Goldman Sachs, working as an independent consultant in social media, and later, as an analyst with The Knife.
Sylvie joined the company in June 2014, when it was in its developmental stages. A avid student of critical thinking herself, Sylvie realized that through the company she could help others learn to be better thinkers — something she believes can help eliminate much of the violence, detraction and fear that exist in the world today. As a spin and logic analyst, Sylvie brings an athlete’s determination, an equestrian’s caring and a Briton’s intelligent sense of humor to the team — which, she says, is really the best part about working with the company.
Sean holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and worked as an R&D materials engineer at General Electric Global Research for 11 years. While he enjoyed his work and the team at GE, he recently decided it was time to try to make a positive impact in the world outside the realm of technology.
This led him to join The Knife in April 2017, and it’s little coincidence: Sean sees objective, data-based reporting as a step towards “reducing tensions” in the world by diminishing the artificial drama that often gets injected into news of current affairs. Through his work in data, logic and research with the company, he hopes his attention to detail and his desire to present data in as accurate a way as possible helps bring readers unbiased, thought-provoking news.
In addition to his doctorate degree, Sean holds an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a Ceramic Emphasis from Pennsylvania State. He also holds a B.S. in Ceramic Science and Engineering, and a B.A. in Physics from Alfred University. He’s a member of the U.S. engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, and has five issued patents in ceramic engineering. Outside of work, he enjoys triathlon training, salsa dancing, as well playing and singing hard rock.
Sean Craney is a wholesome young man from the Midwest who’s worked as a writer and editor for the past seven years. With a special focus on history and the arts, he enjoys a wide range of interests, reading and studying extensively. “I feel aligned with the work The Knife does because it’s about creating standards and accountability for our media. I don’t want to just revolutionize how our information is recorded, how our history is set down—I want to revolutionize how language is used altogether.”