Onnik James Krikorian in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh in 1994.

Onnik James Krikorian in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh in 1994.

Onnik James Krikorian is a journalist, photographer and new media consultant from the United Kingdom. Published by The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, National Geographic, Geographical, The National, New Internationalist, EurasiaNet, Transitions Online, Institute of War and Peace Reporting, UNICEF and others, he has also fixed for the BBC, Al Jazeera English, The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.

He has over 26 years experience in the national and international media, including working contracts at The Bristol Evening Post, The Independent, and The Economist. For five years, from 2007-2012, he was the Caucasus Regional Editor for Global Voices.

He has covered the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno Karabakh since visiting the disputed territory for The Independent in 1994. He also assisted Thomas de Waal with Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan Through Peace and War. This has led to related work as a trainer in conflict-sensitive reporting as well as new and social media.

He speaks regularly on the same at many international conferences and was part of an expert working group, Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict, at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington D.C. in 2010. Pioneering the use of new and social media in Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict resolution, transformation, and cross-border cooperation from 2008 onwards, this has since expanded to include Armenia-Turkey as well as Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

In October 2012 he presented his work related to the media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict at a seminar organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Dublin, Ireland. And in February 2013 he was also an expert speaker at an intergovernmental seminar on evaluating methods to combat violent extremism online in Abu Dhabi, UAE, organized by the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), and the Hedayah Center.

From August to November 2013 Onnik James Krikorian was contracted by Canal France International to organise the 4M Journalism and Social Media Forum held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in November 2013 for journalists and media professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. In June 2014 he was also a participant for a closed expert meeting on Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) organised by The International Centre for CounterTerrorism Communications — The Hague and the Hedayah Centre.

In 2015 this work has continued with workshops held for the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) and Transparency International Georgia as well as the OSCE office in Tajikistan, the OSCE Centre in Kyrgyzstan, and OSCE Transnational Threats Division. He also holds workshops on social media, mobile reporting, and conflict-sensitive reporting for international media support organisations such as Free Press Unlimited and Deutsche Welle Akademie.

He can be contacted through the contact form on this site and followed on Twitter and Facebook.