Andrew Cochran is a specialist in digital transformation and artificial intelligence in journalism. He leads the strategy practice for Cochran360 and edits journalismAI.com, an online resource about the effects on journalism of advances in AI. He has master’s degree in electronic commerce that helps bridge journalistic practices and computational thinking.
Earlier he was head of news strategy for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster. He designed and co-led the transformation to ‘mobile first’ for local services, managed the development of CBC’s first and third digital stations, and as regional director for Atlantic Canada, was the operational and editorial leader during a period of extensive change for the 10 CBC stations in Canada’s four Atlantic provinces. Previously, as a rights-owning independent producer, he produced award-winning documentaries and scripted series, created the children’s character, Theodore Tugboat, and was an early originator of digital media for several broadcasters, including CBC, CTV, and PBS.
He has taught courses as a sessional lecturer in law (Entertainment Law, Information Technology Transactions), journalism (Business Fundamentals for Journalists, Emerging Business Models), and business (Export Marketing). He began working as a reporter in Halifax, then produced news programs at CTV in Toronto. His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year (communications) and an honorary DCL (King’s).