Meet the Mentors

The Mentors Jun 27, 2016 4 Comments
Patrick Kingsley

Patrick Kingsley

Patrick Kingsley is the Guardians first-ever migration correspondent, and was named foreign affairs journalist of the year at the British Journalism Awards. He has reported from more than 25 countries, and was previously the Guardian‘s Egypt correspondent. He is the author of two books – one about Denmark, which The New York Times called “fascinating”, and the second The New Odyssey tells the story of Europe’s refugee crisis, which Yanis Varoufakis said is “a must-read for our times”. He is the winner of several major awards, including the Frontline award for print journalism.


Tara Carey

Tara Carey

Tara Carey currently works as a Media Relations Manager at the International development charity Farm Africa and she is a Trustee at London based youth charity YESS. She previously spent eight years at Comic Relief where she managed the Editorial Team responsible for delivering factual communications content. Her work has featured extensively across TV, radio and print and she has a strong grounding in multimedia production thanks to the first ten years she spent making programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Tara made the move to charity communications after completing a Masters at SOAS in Global Media.


Neil Arun

Neil Arun

Neil Arun has worked as an Editor with local journalists in the Balkans and Iraq, specialising in investigative and long-form stories. His work as an Editor has been shortlisted twice for the European Press Prize. He has edited articles for local journalists that have been published by The Guardian, The New Statesman, The Atlantic, and The Independent. Neil’s own reporting has been published by the BBC, the Financial Times Weekend magazine, and Vanity Fair. Neil graduated in English Literature from Cambridge University in 2000.


Juliet Ferguson

Juliet Ferguson

Juliet Ferguson is a photographer and former journalist now working for the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ). Prior to joining the CIJ she worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for BBC Panorama, having previously worked as a journalist for BBC News Online, BBC World Service Radio and The Telegraph and Independent newspapers. In 2011 she completed a post-graduate certificate in photography at Central St Martins Art School. She is represented by Millennium Images and Subject Matter, and regularly contributes to Alamy Online Image Library. Juliet teaches data journalism as a CIJ trainer and on the MA Investigative Journalism module at City University London. She is studying for MRes in Arts and Cultural Research at the University of Brighton.


Faisal Irshaid

Faisal Irshaid

Faisal Irshaid is a UK-based journalist covering political and social stories in the Middle East. He is currently working at the BBC where he writes news features and produces content that appears across different media platforms. He previously worked as an Associate Public Information Officer at the UN Secretariat in New York. As part of the Syria Desk, he focused on developing the UN’s strategy to reach a political solution to the Syrian conflict. He holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and he also has an MA in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.


Beatrice Ní Bhroin

Beatrice Ní Bhroin

Whilst at University College Dublin Beatrice Ní Bhroin spent most of her time running the Film Society, using the resources to produce award winning student films. There she also set up the UCD National Student Film Festival which continues to this day. Beatrice is passionate about factual and documentary and in the 10 years that she’s worked in production she’s also crossed over into in journalism writing on film culture and working as an assistant editor. She’s produced exciting video content for agencies, shot compelling broadcast programs and is more recently directing trailblazing digital series. Her varied experience has meant filming riots, refugees camps, on private islands, in Brooklyn boxing rings, with reluctant politicians, and misbehaving celebrities.


Maurica Mcleod

Maurice Mcleod is a social commentator with Jamaican/Swazi heritage. He is director of his own communications company, Marmoset Media, and writes regularly for The Guardian and The Spectator among other titles. He has commissioned for the Guardian, Media Diversified, Engage Magazine, Open Mind, Single Step and Voluntary Voice. Before setting up Marmoset, he had a 15-year career as a national newspaper journalist working for The Express, The Independent, The Voice, The Evening Standard and The Sunday Times among others. He is also a trustee for campaign group Race on the Agenda.


Jessica Brown

Jessica Bown

Jessica Bown began her career on the Daily/Sunday Express, where she covered news and features for both the City and Money pages before taking on a “Consumer Champion” column. In 2004, she was recruited for The Sunday Times Money team, where she concentrated on personal finance stories. Jessica left The Sunday Times to go freelance in 2006. She now writes consumer, travel, technology and sports features as well as financial stories. Her work appears in national newspapers such as The Sunday Times, The Times and The Telegraph. She has also written for BBC Business, AOL and TravelSupermarket, and in a variety of magazines including Cross Country (paragliding) and Schuss (ski).


Daniel Trilling

Daniel Trilling

Daniel Trilling is a London-based journalist and the Editor of New Humanist magazine. For the past two years he has been reporting refugees at the borders of the European Union for publications including the London Review of Books, Al Jazeera English, New Statesman, Newsweek and the Guardian. He was previously an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman and he published the book “Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right” (Verso) in 2012.

 

 


Rachel Shabi

Rachel Shabi

Rachel Shabi has written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider Middle East for various national and international publications  – Guardian’s No2 in Jerusalem for five years, also reporting for others, including The Times, The Independent, Al Jazeera English, The New Statesman, Foreign Policy magazine, The National (UAE). Rachel also wrote an award-winning book, ‘Not the Enemy, about the Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands. Shortlisted for Orwell in 2011, she received Anna Lindh Prize for reporting across cultures, and the International Media Award’s Cutting Edge Media award the same year. Now based in London, Rachel also writes about diversity, migration and British politics; she is also regular commentator on BBC, Sky news and Al Jazeera English and well as various BBC Radio.


Matthew Barraclough

Matthew Barraclough

A broadcast journalist since 1995, Matthew Barraclough spent ten years as a radio programme maker in the North East of England and a further seven years as a BBC station Editor. Since 2013 he has worked across the BBC’s local radio network in various capacities including increasing the number of female presenters on air and running GNS, the department of BBC News which supplies all domestic radio services with its news content. Currently Matthew is involved in drawing up the partnerships between the BBC and other local news organisations, which will form part of the next BBC Charter. Matthew is an executive coach for the BBC, a leadership mentor and is currently a judge for the UK Radio Academy’s 30-Under-30.

 


Nabeelah Shabbir

Nabeelah Shabbir

Nabeelah Shabbir worked on The Guardian‘s 2015 editorial campaign, ‘Keep it in the Ground‘, which looks at how climate change, fossil fuel divestment and humanity can solve the climate crisis. The campaign won the 2015 British Journalism Award. She currently runs the Climate Publishers Network, a group of 40 media organisations around the world, including Le Monde, El Pais and the Sydney Morning Herald. In addition to her work on the Environment desk, she reported for the Global Development desk for COP 21, the UN Paris summit. Lastly, she is a contributing commentator for the Guardian Books podcast, especially on fiction in translation.


Simon Hinde

Simon Hinde

Simon Hinde began his career as a researcher, writer and editor on Which? Magazine, specialising in financial matters, before joining the Sunday Times as consumer affairs correspondent. He moved on to Daily and Sunday Express where he worked in a variety of senior editorial roles and as a commentator on political and economic affairs. In 2004, Simon joined Yahoo! UK as Editorial Director, before moving on to AOL in a similar role. In 2007 he joined Sky, leading their online editorial efforts before becoming the director of their online products. He has appeared on the Today programme, Newsnight and Sky News, where he was a regular newspaper reviewer and has written for a range of publications, including the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and the Spectator. He is currently Programme Director at the London College of Communication.


Matilda Egere Cooper

Matilda Egere Cooper

Matilda Egere-Cooper is an accomplished journalist, digital content producer and blogger with over 14 years of media experience, and a specialism in arts, lifestyle and entertainment. Her work has featured in Dazed & Confused, i-D, BBC Entertainment, The Economist, Reuters and CNN. In 2007, she won Writer of the Year at the Record of the Day Music Journalism and PR Awards for her work at The Independent. She’s currently the Blog Network Manager at Time Out London, where she produces editorial content and looks after a community of blog contributors.


Jack Sommers

Jack Sommers

Jack Sommers is an assistant news editor at The Huffington Post UK, editing and writing news and features. He has reported and from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp on the plight of the refugees there and on children’s mental health and human rights. A journalist for eight years, he previously worked in the local press and at PoliceOracle.com. He regularly appears on radio to review the papers and discuss the news of the day, including on Share Radio and Talk Radio.


Sally Hayden

Sally Hayden

Until recently Sally Hayden reported for VICE News, covering global news stories. She has worked for CNN International, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, and the Irish Times. She has reported from countries including Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Malawi and Ethiopia. Sally has recently been covering the conflict with Boko Haram in Nigeria as well as the migration crisis – reporting from the UK, France, and Germany.


Ellen Otzen

Ellen Otzen

Ellen Otzen is an experienced multilingual journalist with a background in international news and radio production. For the past 15 years Ellen has been involved with journalism, she has worked in many different areas including writing, radio and filmmaking, which allowed her to enter a wide range of media platforms and several international and local media organisations. She has worked with some of the biggest media organisations in the UK including The Guardian, ITV or BBC News. Ellen has also joined Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation as a News Writer. Today, Ellen is working for the BBC World Service as a Senior Broadcast Journalist where she has produced a documentary that looked at the dark history of Denmark. She attended the Columbia University in New York and took a MA in Journalism at Goldsmith University, London.


Henry Tang was born in Hong Kong and came to Britain with his parents at the age of five in the early 1970s. Ever since, Henry has mainly been living and studying in Britain. He has been a BBC World Service (ENG) radio journalist since the mid-1990s. He is currently co-editing Weekend, a news/current affairs programme broadcasted live on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6am to 8.30am. Henry has also worked in social services (Westminster City Council) and he has done several voluntary missions for The Food Chain (delivering and rota co-ordinating drivers/deliverers of food to HIV patients) and the Battersea Befrienders’ Network (a group providing friends for the socially isolated and vulnerable in Wandsworth).


Lila Allen

Lila Allen

In 2007 Lila Allen received a postgraduate Diploma from the City University, London in Broadcast Journalism. Since then, she has been working for well known media organisations including the BBC News, BBC Worldwide or London Live. While doing her job as a journalist, Lila has also volunteered at the HM Prison Brixton to teach inmates radio production skills, which resulted to the winning of a Sony Gold Award in 2009. Lila is a self-shooting PD working across current affairs, history, development and news. She has edited, produced, directed crews, worked with talent, negotiated access and found characters for landmark documentaries for many media organization, locals as well as internationals. Lila is a Polish speaking and has been working in London, Brussels, Warsaw and Russia.


Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp

Rob Sharp is a freelance journalist with over 15 years of reporting experience. He has written news and features for every British broadsheet newspaper, as well as national titles in the US and Middle East. He joined the Observer as an arts and media correspondent, where he was nominated for a British Press Award. He then worked at the Independent, where he was a staff features writer reporting widely across the paper, including foreign reporting in Gaza, Cambodia and Cuba, later serving as the paper’s arts correspondent. He has also worked as an investigative journalist for Channel 4 Dispatches. He now works as an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communication and the University of Sussex, teaching journalism to undergraduates and postgraduates, and has freelanced since 2012 for a wide variety of different publications, including the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Evening Standard and Prospect.


Sadaf Ahmed

Sadaf Ahmed

Sadaf Ahmed has an NCTJ in print journalism as well as a Postgraduate diploma in Public Relations. She worked on the news desk of the Voice Newspaper and has also freelanced in the UK and abroad in print publications including the New Humanist, Catalyst, Red Magazine, and Daily Star Bangladesh. Her work has also been featured on blogs like Pickled Politics and Liberal Conspiracy (both focused on race issues in the UK). She is also the Deputy Editor of Double Bind, a magazine for women of South Asian heritage. Sadaf has experience in broadcast journalism and worked on the documentaries ‘The Age of Stupid‘ and ‘Who Polices the Police?‘ as a researcher. She spent more than a decade in PR working both for a PR agency (with corporate tech clients) and in communications for organisations like the British Dyslexia Association and Amnesty International.


Daniella Peled

Daniella Peled

Daniella Peled is Managing Editor at the Institute For War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), an NGO that trains journalists and builds the capacity of local media in conflict and post-conflict societies around the world. She is a journalist and Editor with a wide experience of reporting on foreign affairs, particularly from the Middle East, she has trained IWPR journalists in both Iraq and Afghanistan and launched the IWPR Arab Spring project since she joined the NGO in 2009. She also freelances for outlets including the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Guardian and Monocle magazine and her work has been published in many other publications. 


Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle is a freelance British journalist, writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. In 2016, Samira was shortlisted in the Foreign Correspondent category of the Words By Women Awards and longlisted in the New Voices category at the One World Media Awards. In 2015, she was awarded the Richard Beeston Bursary by the Times newspaper; and in 2014, she was selected as one of MHP’s top 30 journalists under 30. Her work has appeared in the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Times, Al-Jazeera, Prospect, Deutsche Welle, VICE, Monocle, and many others. In addition to being a freelance writer, she works part-time as Assistant Editor of the New Humanist magazine, commissioning, editing, and writing for this quarterly publication. After going freelance in 2012, she spent a year reporting in Pakistan (2012-13), covering major stories including the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and the 2013 general election for a broad range of British publications. Samira returns to Pakistan regularly on assignment and has also reported from Kenya, India, and Bangladesh.


Russell Merryman

Russell Merryman

Russell Merryman began working as a journalist, editor and presenter for BBC radio before joining the newly-launched BBC News Online to work on developing audio and video projects, which led to successful launches of interactive television news services on the BBC’s digital platforms, including the 24/7 Interactive TV News app, which won a Royal Television Society Innovation Award in 2002, and programme-specific interactivity for flagship programmes such as Question Time, Newsnight and the BBC’s General Election coverage. In 2005 Russell joined Al Jazeera English as editor-in-chief of Web and New Media and worked to develop the new channel’s digital presence for its launch in November 2006, including the network’s highly-successful YouTube channel; AJE’s use of mobile and citizen journalism for their coverage of the 2008 US Presidential election was nominated for an International Digital Emmy award. Russell joined LCC in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and is currently studying for a Ph.D in digital media culture.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi, I am a refugee in UK and worked in print media in Bangladesh. How can I start journalism in UK?

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