Andrew Cochran is a Canadian writer, producer, and university instructor. He helps companies simplify complex circumstances and curates journalismAI.com, an independent database of developments in AI and journalism.
He is a member of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University and teaches Communicating Computer Science Ideas to graduate students.
As head of news strategy for CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, he designed and facilitated the transformation to ‘mobile first’ for local services and led cross-functional teams to develop CBC’s first and third digital stations. Immediately before, he was CBC’s senior managing director for Atlantic Canada, responsible for journalism and operations at ten stations during a prolonged period of restructuring.
As founder of Cochran Entertainment, he grew a regional start-up to be an international supplier of linear and digital content. He produced and directed science/technology documentaries for CBC, PBS, Discovery, and ZDF, created the international children’s character Theodore Tugboat (distributed to 80+ countries), and produced two made-for-television movies. He was an early originator of digital media for CBC, CTV, PBS, Showcase TV, CPAC, and DirectTV Latin America.
He has a research-based master’s degree in electronic commerce (computer science, law, business). 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).
His awards include EY Entrepreneur of the Year (communications), an honorary DCL (King’s), and several craft trophies.