Experience


Employment

Freelance editor & journalist

Dec 2017 – present // San Francisco


Head of technology, West Coast - Guardian News & Media

Jul 2015 – Dec 2016 // San Francisco

• Recruited and managed San Francisco tech reporting team in new West Coast office
• Planned strategy and direction of global tech coverage
• Commissioned and edited daily news, features, opinion and planned coverage of major events
• Collaborated with London and New York reporting teams, data, SEO and marketing
• Commissioned freelancers
• Curated panels and marketing partnerships at key industry events including CES and SXSW


Head of technology, London - Guardian News & Media

Jul 2013 – Jul 2015 // London

 • Refocused strategy of the Guardian's technology reporting making coverage broader and more accessible
• Recruited and managed UK tech reporting team
• Commissioned and edited daily news, and scheduled long-term features, projects and event coverage
• High-profile interviews included Sheryl Sandberg, Sergey Brin, Eric Schmidt and Tim Berners-Lee
• Regular high-profile opinion column, 8 years on the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast and regular video projects
• Expert guest on TV, radio and in print including Sky News, BBC Today Programme and Spectator magazine
• Hosted dozens of on-stage interviews and discussions at tech events including SXSW, CES and Web Summit
• Encouraged collaboration between journalists and Guardian developers to improve in-house tools and creative editorial ideas


Digital media correspondent - Guardian News & Media

Oct 2006 – Jun 2013 // London

- Reported on the impact of technology on the media industry, from traditional news and broadcast companies to new publishing startups
- Recruited to encourage early adoption of new publishing tools and formats inside the Guardian, including blogging (2006), Twitter (2006) and Facebook (2007)
- Wrote 3,000+ news stories, features and blog posts over 10 years
- Devised 'Elevator Pitch' column to profile London's startups
- Devised experimental hacks and hackers coverage of SXSW 2011 and secured Google funding


London correspondent - paidContent.org

Apr 2006 – Oct 2006 // London

• Wrote news reports, live conference blogs and interviews for Rafat Ali's must-read site exploring how technology was presenting new commercial challenges to media businesses


News editor - Journalism.co.uk

Apr 2003 – Apr 2006 // London

 • Led daily news, features and Q&As for trade site, just as the media industry was starting to take the threat and opportunity of digital platforms seriously
• Built up an arsenal of industry contacts and an open, playful but probing interview style


Freelance journalist

Nov 2002 – Apr 2003 // Brighton

• First professional features included two pieces for the RNIB-sponsored E-Access Bulletin, exploring new technology to help visually impaired people navigate museums and how digital services can be designed with accessibility in mind


Gallery manager / Communications manager - Brighton Media Centre

Sep 2000 – Apr 2003 // Brighton

• Curated exhibitions and managed operations of central Brighton Gallery space
• Later moved to liaison and office management role with 30+ media clients and startups


Education