About - Editorial Board

Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw (@paulbradshaw) is a visiting professor in online journalism at City University London and Course Leader of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. He is described by the UK Press Gazette as one of the country’s “most influential journalism bloggers.” He publishes the Online Journalism Blog and is the founder of the investigative journalism crowd sourcing site ‘Help Me Investigate’. In addition to teaching and writing, Mr. Bradshaw acts as a consultant and trainer to a number of social media and data journalism organisations.

Burt Herman

Burt Herman (@burtherman) is CEO and co-founder of Storify, a platform to tell stories using elements from social media, and founder of Hacks/Hackers, an international organization of journalists and technologists. He previously worked a dozen years as a bureau chief and correspondent for The Associated Press, reporting from the U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and the Middle East. Burt Herman was a 2008-2009 Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University. He also received a B.A. with honors in political science and M.A. in Russian and East European studies from Stanford.

Tony Hirst

Tony Hirst (@psychemedia) is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at the Open University and a regular blogger at OUseful.info. Since posting a widely circulated map based visualisation of several MPs' travel expenses in the Spring of 2009, he has become increasingly interested in the use of visualisation as a way of making sense of complex data sets, an approach complemented by his work on the public document consultation platform WriteToReply, which is helping government departments and policy makers think differently about the nature of commentable documents.

Francis Irving

Francis Irving (@frabcus) is a British computer programmer and activist for freedom of information.  Francis is the CEO of ScraperWiki and has collaborated with Julian Todd over many years working on several projects including theyworkforyou.com and electionleaflets.org. Prior to joining ScraperWiki, Francis was one of the founders of non-profit startup mySociety where in conjunction with Tom Steinberg he helped the organisation grow from a volunteer UK focused group into one which has a strong funding base and a growing international reputation. He was one of two people to suggest the winning idea of a site through which Freedom of Information Act requests could be made in a mySociety competition for ideas for public interest websites to build. He was later to become the main developer of the site which was called WhatDoTheyKnow. Francis has won seven New Statesman awards for websites he has worked on and holds a 1st class honours degree in mathematics from Oxford University.

Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Nicolas Kayser-Bril (@nicolaskb) is a Berlin and Paris based nerd. For a living, he tells stories using data. He crunches, grinds, chews and squeezes numbers to extract meaning out of them. That is called data-driven journalism and he was one of the first ones to practice it in Europe. To read more visit Mr. Kayser-Bril’s website.

Mirko Lorenz

Mirko Lorenz (@mirkolorenz) is a journalist and information architect and trainer, based in Cologne, Germany. His main job is working on innovation projects for the Deutsche Welle. Mr. Lorenz is an active speaker and trainer for data-driven journalism. Together with the EJC, he organised one of the first international conferences on data journalism in Amsterdam in 2010. His article on how to turn media companies into trusted data-hubs, co-authored by Nicolas Kayser-Bril and Gheoff McGhee, was published by OWNI and Nieman Labs.

Alan McLean

Alan McLean is a Graphics Editor with the Interactive News Technology team at NYTimes.com. He works with a unique team of journalists, developers and graphics editors to extend the reach of reporting and to enhance how stories are told online. Since joining the Times in 2007, Mr. McLean has led the interface development of the recently open sourced NYT Document Viewer, as well as a number of feature news events such as the 2008 Presidential Elections, the 2010 Olympics and, most recently, the Afghanistan War Logs. Previously, Mr. McLean worked as an Interface Engineer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers (@smfrogers) is the editor of the Guardian's Datablog and Datastore, an online data resource, which publishes hundreds of raw data sets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them. He is also a news editor at the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge data sets. He was closely involved in the Guardian's exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expense records and the organisation's coverage of the Afghanistan Wikileaks war logs. Previously he was the launch editor of the Guardian's online news service and has edited the paper's science section. He has edited two Guardian books: How Slow Can You Waterski and The Hutton Inquiry and its impact.

Matt Stiles

Matt Stiles (@stiles) is a data journalist at NPR in Washington, D.C. He previously worked as a data applications editor at The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news start up in Austin, Texas. Mr. Stiles has also written about government and politics at the Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News.

Eric Ulken

Eric Ulken (@eulken) is assistant managing editor at The Seattle Times. Previously he spent four years at the Los Angeles Times, most recently as editor for interactive technology. In this role he guided the paper's development of new ways of collecting, organizing and presenting information through the use of database, mapping and visualization tools. Among the projects he led was the creation of the initial Homicide Map, an online effort to illustrate demographic and geographic trends in homicides in Los Angeles County. 

Eric Ulken left the Times in November 2008 to spend a year studying effects of new technology on the practice of journalism around the world. In summer 2009 he was an Arthur F. Burns fellow at Spiegel International, the English-language online edition of Germany's leading news magazine. Last year he spent a semester as the Canwest Global visiting professor at the University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism.