I’m a journalist, campaigner, researcher, performer, community builder, (cruel) editor, podcast creator, sometime PR and marketing professional, project manager, speaker, chair and event manager, and consultant. Check out my LinkedIn profile here.
I am an advocate for good information, ethical technology and diverse leadership, and I’m the first-ever PhD candidate supported by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, working on ‘innovation, environmental sustainability and the public interest’ at the University of Central Lancashire.
In 2019, I did an MA in Journalism (with Distinction), where I launched a first-of-its-kind research and performance project called Standup For Journalism that tried to test whether journalists taking to the stage to do comedy could change some of the more familiar trust metrics around our profession.
I also built a unique public dataset about library cuts and saw my story go into six local papers, including the Manchester Evening News.
During the year, I visited the Google News Impact Summit where I made a podcast about collaborative journalism, which included an interview with Andrea Faye Hart from Chicago’s cutting-edge community news outfit City Bureau, and went to the European Journalism Centre’s Engaged Journalism Accelerator to pitch my comedy project.
I then appeared on a panel at WAN-IFRA’s World News Media Congress alongside colleagues from the Washington Post and the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism to discuss why measuring the power of comedy could be more than funny.
Alongside this, until early 2020, I worked at The Reader in lovely Liverpool transforming their digital infrastructure so they could grow their network of Shared Reading groups across the UK. They read great books and poetry aloud together every single week because it helps people change their lives. I also took hundreds of people on tours of The Reader’s newly reopened Georgian, Grade II listed headquarters in Calderstones Park – bringing 5,000 years of local history to life. Just call me Tina Tourner.
Before this, I was a community organiser at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Bureau Local helping them build a network of people who care about the future of local news. During my time there, I opened up their newsroom beyond the journalists, opened up the work beyond the newsroom and created a space for the things I was learning to be shared with people like me working in other newsrooms, Organising the Organisers. I also wrote the bid for this Nesta New Radicals win.
I am also the previous head of talent and skills at the government-backed Tech North initiative, where I piloted a public speaker and media training programme for women called Northern Voices that was celebrated by the Minister of State for Digital. Find out why we did it here.
Highlights of my career to date include bringing political technology stories to millions of people through business and consumer media, editing an experimental politech website for the New Statesman and flagship startup magazine Tech City News, and creating the award-winning Weekly Economics Podcast for the New Economics Foundation, which has been played hundreds of thousands of times.
My work in East London was captured in the chapter I wrote for the book, Hackney: portrait of a community 1967 – 2017 (Hackney Society, 2017), which focused on the widening gulf between local people and the tech community that has made its home in the borough.
- Editing / copywriting / research / interviewing / public speaking / moderating / training
- Audiovisual production / web production / print production / event production
- Business strategy / project management / service design / community building
Writing and editing: former editor at New Statesman Tech, former reporter at The Next Web, former editor and senior reporter at Tech City News, former senior reporter and production editor at Mobile Marketing Magazine, contributor at Tech for Good TV, Wired, Open Democracy, Dods, the Observer, Hackney Citizen, Warrington Guardian
Podcasting: former presenter and creator of The New Economics Foundation’s award-winning Weekly Economics Podcast
Marketing and PR: Centre for London‘s Connecting Tech City digital skills crowdfund campaign, #ShakeYourPower solar instrument crowdfund, communications exec at Somo, communications intern at Oxfam (North of England)
I love tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.
If you look carefully, you may find me doing comedy about tech. Key theme: have you ever thought about using your powers for good rather than evil?