About Newsgain

A team of news media specialists


Jason Lambert

Partner – Digital Media

Since 2008, Jason has enhanced the online performance of news media in more than 30 countries, including: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He is a specialist in advertising, audience analytics and news website optimisation.

He launched his media career as commercial manager of the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, The Press Association, where he successfully led sales and account management of its Digital division. Jason holds a degree in Economics, speaks Danish and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“News entertains, informs and is a foundation of inclusive governance. But so often great journalism is wasted when news publishers lack the capacity to reach and engage large audiences or run a financially sustainable business. This is where we step in.”

Michelle Foster

Partner – Media Development

Since 2004, Michelle has helped media in countries around the world strengthen their organisations through improved management, marketing, and strategic initiatives. She has actively engaged with projects in a wide range of countries and regions including Belarus, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Georgia, Kenya, Lao, Myanmar, Serbia, Somalia, Vietnam and the United States. Michelle contributes to the field of media development by conducting M&E analyses and assessing market conditions in emerging markets. She is a frequent author for the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), a board member on the Independent Journalism Foundation and a former Knight International Journalism Fellow.

As senior market development executive for US-based Gannett’s multi-billion dollar newspaper division from 1991-2003, Michelle’s responsibility included 97 daily newspapers, 100+ news websites, national brands and niche product lines. In her work globally, Michelle has developed and implemented programs that increase market share, create new and diversified revenue sources, leverage synergies among products and improve customer loyalty. She is one of the founding members of International Media Development Advisers (IMDA). Michelle holds a BA in Asian Studies, a Master’s degree in business, speaks Chinese, and has lived in Taiwan, China, and Cambodia. She now resides outside Washington D.C.

“At the core of our work is a passion for news that creates a meaningful and positive impact.”

Elshad Gojayev, Newsgain

Elshad Gojayev

As our resident technologist, Elshad knows WordPress, PHP, MySQL and server administration inside-out and leads our work optimising news websites, ad deployments and hosting environments. Elshad has been an independent web developer for prominent news media in Azerbaijan. He speaks Azerbaijani, Turkish, Russian and English and holds a degree in Computer Engineering from QAFQAZ University in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“Digital news publishing is changing so quickly. Working with Newsgain, publishers can take advantage of the latest developments and remain at the forefront of their markets.”

Chris Hajecki, Newsgain

Chris Hajecki

Consulting Partner
With a career in business development starting in 2005, Chris has a proven track record in achieving growth for media businesses. As Director of Business Development, Strategy and New ventures for The Democratic Voice of Burma, he led its three-year transformation from being a non-revenue-generating NGO into the country’s third largest commercial broadcaster with significant revenues from advertising, events and marketing services.

Chris has a BA in Communications and Journalism and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is now Adjunct Professor. Chris speaks basic Vietnamese and Korean, and is based in Rochester, New York.

Charles Rice, Newsgain

David Licko

Consulting Partner
David Licko is former CFO and SVP, Finance for the Denver Post and Indianapolis Star. He specialises in guiding news media through business transformation.

At the Denver Post, David helped to create and test new business models to grow revenues from digital sources while simultaneously converting operations to a single newsroom and reducing staffing. This focus on strategic initiatives while reducing the cost structure by $150 million allowed continued profitability.

David has also been the Central Region Group Finance Director and Vice President, Finance, for Gannett Company Inc., responsible for financial leadership of its newspaper division and its 90+ newspapers and portfolio of digital platforms. He helped implement division-wide strategies that achieved growth of 60% from $1.25 to $2.4 billion. David is a CPA with a BS in Business Administration.

Charles Rice, Newsgain

Charles Rice

Consulting Partner
For most media, success is determined by development of audiences, content and revenue. As an award-winning former journalist with the Associated Press for 18 years, Charles knows great content.

Since 2003, he has been working with media in development contexts to reach audiences with unique, compelling stories. His focus, in Newsgain’s media development programs, is creating improved content that engages wider audiences and delivers greater revenue potential.

Charles has led large-scale development programs in countries such as Azerbaijan, Malawi, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste, and trained media in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia and Somaliland. He is a former Knight International Journalism Fellow, holding a degree in Psychology with further study on Indonesian Politics.

Media development

Newsgain consults with media development programs globally, helping news media in restricted environments to survive and grow.

Contact us if you are interested in Newsgain joining your organisation in media development initiatives covering:


Operating Environment Analysis


Audience Development


Media Business Management


Content Development


Brand Development


Revenue Development