I’m currently (early 2020) in the home stretch of an MSc in Communication Sciences at VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), which has been a fascinating and positive experience. Highly recommended!
I have researched and authored reports on:
- How to fund investigative journalism (Deutsche Welle Akademie, 2019)
- How non-specialist philanthropic funders can responsibly fund journalism and media: A Guide to Funding Journalism and Media (Ariadne Network, Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and Potter Foundation, 2018)
- A monthly newsletter for the Journalism Funders Forum unpacking different topics and places in the media philanthropy field
- How the internet and connected technologies impact on human rights: Cameras Everywhere (with co-authors Sam Gregory, Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm, Bryan Nunez, WITNESS, 2011)
- The internet’s impact on coverage of the wider world in UK public service broadcasting: Reflecting the Real World 2 (with a chapter from Prof Stephen Coleman and Dr Myria Georgiou, IBT, 2007)
- The internet’s impact on local radio journalism in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia: Local Radio in the Information Society (with co-author Francesca Silvani, Panos/SDC, 2005)
- Local radio’s appetite for global stories on local topics: Audio and the internet in Eastern Africa (contributed research to chapter by Francesca Silvani, FAO, 2002)
Interviews / expert contributions
– on changes in the news, journalism and information landscape, in The Economist (2011)
– on technology and human rights, in The Financial Times (2011) | For a MobileActive/USAID report (pdf) | For an internal Nokia report on ‘phon-tography’
– on WITNESS and the Hub by Loic Le Meur | At Etech 2009 #1, #2, #3 | At GFMD in Athens (2008) | In PRINT Magazine | On MSNBC | For the State Department website | For PBS Mediashift | On Rocketboom | By Prof Molly Land in the Harvard Human Rights Journal
– as a jury or selection panel member on the Amnesty UK Media Awards 2011 | Knight Foundation Community Information Challenge 2010 | BAVC Producers Institute 2009 | One World Media Awards 2007 | We Media Game Changer Awards 2007
Journalist / blogger / curator / editor
In 2006, I worked with WITNESS, the New York-based human rights organisation co-founded by Peter Gabriel, and the international blogging network Global Voices Online to write and edit a blog about the emerging phenomenon of citizen-filmed human rights video around the world (it won a One World Media Award in 2007). In 2007 I joined WITNESS full-time to manage a human rights video-sharing platform called the Hub. As well as overseeing the editorial direction of the Hub, I wrote for and edited the Hub blog, and then a separate WITNESS blog. In mid-2010 I co-wrote a series of posts for YouTube and the WITNESS blog about human rights video in the digital age with Steve Grove, Director of News and Politics at YouTube, and in 2009 I curated a Human Rights Week for the online anthropology project In Media Res. More recently, I’ve written for WITNESS on the potential impact of face recognition technologies on human rights and free expression.
Between 2001 and 2006, I worked in the UK for Panos London, working with developing world partners to devise and manage journalism and media development projects, like AfricaVox (bringing 7 African journalists to cover the 2005 G8 meetings for UK and African media), for which I conceived and edited the blog.
I also retain an interest in cultural journalism – in the early 2000s I wrote a series of reviews and profiles for UK film website and magazine Kamera, and in 2010 interviewed psychoanalyst Adam Phillips for Brooklyn’s BOMB Magazine.