The editorial board

The editorial board comprises an experienced and varied group of people from the world of journalism. They meet quarterly to discuss the editorial direction of, and what issues they would like journalists to address.

  • David Banks

    David is a journalist of 29 years' experience working in print and digital media. Now legal training consultant working with media companies, government, NGOs, charities and private clients. David provides editorial legal guidance, training and online training resources. He writes for The Guardian, The Mirror and IBT website.

  • Danielle Batist

    Danielle Batist is an experienced freelance journalist, founder of Journopreneur and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. She lived and worked all around the globe and covered global and local stories of poverty, exclusion and injustice. Increasingly, she moved beyond ‘problem-reporting’ to include stories about the solutions she found. She witnessed the birth of the new nation of South Sudan and interviewed the Dalai Lama. She reported for Al Jazeera, BBC and the Guardian and regularly advises independent media organisations on innovation and sustainability. She loves bringing stories to the world and finding the appropriate platforms to do so. The transformation of traditional media fascinates rather than scares her. While both the medium and the message are changing, she believes the need for good storytelling remains.

  • Paul Bradshaw

    Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University and works with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network, and has been listed on both's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media.

    His books include Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists and the Online Journalism Handbook.

  • Sarah Hartley

    Sarah is a journalism innovator with experience in launching digital new projects. A manager at Google’s Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, she is also the co-founder of the journalism training and consultancy company Dim Sum Digital Ltd which has worked in the UK, South Africa, Turkey and Qatar. Before joining Google, Sarah worked at The Guardian Media Group for over a decade on products including, Guardian Local, and

  • Raymond Joseph

    Raymond Joseph began his journalism as a cadet reporter at South Africa’s leading anti-apartheid newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail, in 1974 and still has ink running through his veins.

    He is a former ICFJ/Knight International Journalism Fellow and has worked for mainstream, community and tabloids newspapers in senior editorial positions. He is a former editor of the Big Issue South Africa, which he helped launch in 1996.

    Over the decades he has witnessed many changes in journalism and has made the transition to multimedia and data-driven storytelling. He is a former head of Code for South Africa’s media programme and its data journalism academy. He has a particular interest in Twitter and social media as journalism tools and also in online and social media content verification, and offers training to journalists in them. He is also as an assessor for the Poynter-hosted International Fact-Checking Network.

  • Sameer Padania

    Sameer is an independent consultant focusing on innovation in journalism, human rights and philanthropy. He has worked for leading organisations in those fields on a wide range of journalism, digital media and policy initiatives, including the Hub, the world’s first UGC platform for human rights video. In 2016, he was an Independent Assessor on the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund, prior to which he served for 3.5 years as a grant-making Program Officer in Open Society’s Program on Independent Journalism, tracking and funding experimentation in journalism around the world. He has also worked on and funded media and technology policy research and networks, with a particular focus on how technology companies, investors and engineers can be more protective of human rights and freedom of expression. He is a member of the board of 360Giving, which supports grantmaking organisations in the UK to publish and use open data.

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