David Alandete is a Spanish journalist and editor with more than 20 years of experience in written media, radio and television. His work on disinformation and cybersecurity has been quoted in reports by the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Parliament of the United Kingdom and the United States Senate. Through his work as a foreign correspondent for Spain’s leading newspapers, Mr. Alandete has interviewed several world leaders, businesspeople and academics.

 DVD 793 (14-06-16) David Alandete. © Samuel Sanchez
 

Between 2014 and 2018, as the Managing Editor at Spain’s leading daily El País, he grew online audiences by 40%, reaching more than 100 million unique browsers and bringing the newspaper to the top of the most read newspapers in Spanish in the world. He also launched the English and Brazilian editions of El País.

In 2017, Alandete assembled and led an investigative team that covered the Russian meddling campaign in the Catalan independence crisis and the Italian elections, among other governance crises. He introduced tools to combine data mining, data brokerage and data analysis for strategic reporting on politics. He currently researches and monitors the spread of disinformation targeted towards Latin America and the Hispanic population in the United States.

Mr. Alandete has been invited for conferences and workshops in disinformation by the European Parliament, the Atlantic Council, the Aspen Institute and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is a member of the network of experts against disinformation affiliated with the Atlantic Council.

As the first digital managing editor of El País, Mr. Alandete led and implemented the digital transformation strategy at the newspaper, establishing and monitoring KPIs within the company. In two years, the team that he led grew its mostly digital audience from 45 million to 100 million unique browsers throughout the world, with a special increase in Latin American readership, especially in the United States, Mexico and Brazil.

Mr. Alandete led joint news projects with the main online distribution platforms, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. His efforts expanded readership through search, social and mobile channels, with a strong focus on storytelling and innovation. 

He also devised innovative monetization projects focused on alternatives to display advertising and paid subscriptions, successfully implementing new product review sites with affiliate commissions, branded content hubs and sponsored events.

As editor responsible for hiring new talent, Alandete assembled multidisciplinary teams of journalists, editors, designers, engineers and advertisers. In this renewal strategy, he designed continuing education programs to update the skills of veteran reporters, and these programs have added SEO and social knowledge to their valuable journalistic knowledge.

He also served as a warzone envoy in Afghanistan and Syria and has interviewed Syrian president Bashar al Assad, Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno, Israel’s president Shimon Peres, Ukraine's president Petró Poroshenko, Greece's minister Yanis Varoufakis, Vogue's editor Anna Wintour and many other world leaders and businesspeople. 

Alandete also served as the El País liaison with the Leading European Newspaper Association, with regular contacts and coordination with media such as Die Welt, La Repubblica, Le Figaro and Gazeta Wyborcza. 

He received a Fulbright fellowship and graduated from George Washington University in 2006 with a master’s in international policy and practice. Previously, he had worked in radio and television. In 2001, he graduated from the El País School of Journalism, where he obtained his first master’s degree, in journalism. In 2000, he graduated cum laude in Media Studies from the University of Valencia after receiving the Exceptional Career award.