Paul Bradshaw

Course Leader (MA Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism)

Birmingham School of Media
0121 331 5367


Paul Bradshaw leads the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, which he established in 2009, and works as a consultant data journalist in the BBC regions data unit. He was a Visiting Professor in Online Journalism at City University London from 2010-2015.

With a background in magazine and website management, he publishes the Online Journalism Blog, described by UK Press Gazette as one of the country's 'most influential journalism blogs.'

He is also the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site, Help Me Investigate, which was shortlisted in 2010 for Multimedia Publisher of the Year and won the Talk About Local Investigation of the Year award the same year.

Paul's 'Model for the 21st Century Newsroom' and 'BASIC Principles of Online Journalism' series have formed the basis for newsroom operations and journalism education around the world, where they have been translated into a number of languages.Paul has been ranked the UK's fourth 'most visible person on the internet' by NowPublic, and the UK's seventh most influential UK journalist on Twitter by PeerIndex. In 2010, he was 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.

He is the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook with former Financial Times web editor Liisa Rohumaa, and Magazine Editing (3rd Edition) with John Morrish. Other books which Bradshaw has contributed to include 'Investigative Journalism' (second edition), 'Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship'; and 'Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives'.

He has also branched into ebook publishing with the publication on Leanpub of Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets and Snapchat for Journalists. He has also written reports on Social Media and the News for the Open Society Foundation, and an update of the 21st Century Newsroom model for the BBC College of Journalism.

In addition to teaching and writing, Paul acts as a consultant and trainer to a number of organisations on social media and data journalism, including the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Balkan Investigative Reporters Network, Sky, Trinity Mirror, Haymarket, The Open University, UBM, Reed Business Information,, The Press Association and The Telegraph.

Areas of Expertise
  • Online journalism
  • Data journalism
  • Social media
  • Surveillance, security and privacy online

2016 - forthcoming: Online Journalism Handbook, second edition (with Liisa Rohumaa)

2016 – Snapchat for Journalists (Leanpub)

2015 - Data journalism and the 2015 UK General Election in UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign

2015 - Finding Stories in Spreadsheets (Leanpub)

2015 - Stories & Streams: A Problem-Based Design for Student-Led Collaboration and Peer-to Peer Teaching Across Media Practice Modules (with Jon Hickman and Jennifer Jones) in Collaborative Learning in Media Education

2015 - Multiple FOI requests: saving time and effort in FOI Ten Years On

2014 - Ethics in Data Journalism in Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices

2014 - Instantaneity in Web Jornalismo (Portuguese)

2014 - Data Journalism Heist (Leanpub)

2014 - Data Journalism Workflow: Confronting the Myths in Data Journalism: Mapping the Future

2012 – Wiki Journalism, in New Age Journalism

2012 -  Media Reporting, in Specialist Journalism

2012 – Anatomy of an Investigation, in Online Journalism: Global Perspectives, Local Practices

2012 – Model for the 21st Century Newsroom: Redux (Leanpub)

2012 - 8,000 Holes: How the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Lost its Way, with Carol Miers (Leanpub)

2012 - Scraping for Journalists (Leanpub)

2011 - Has Investigative Journalism Found Its Feet Online? in Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive?

2011 – Online Journalism Handbook, with Liisa Rohumaa (Pearson)

2011 – Magazine Editing (3rd Edition), with John Morrish (Routledge)

2011 - Crowdsourcing Investigative Journalism, in Face The Future

2010 - Blogging Journalists: The Writing on the Wall, in Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship?

2009 – Wiki Journalism, in Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives

2008 - Blogs and Investigative Journalism in Investigative Journalism (2nd ed)

2008 – ‘When journalists blog: how it changes what they do’, Nieman Reports vol. 62, no.4 Winter

Book review, 2007, Online News, Hall, Journalism Studies

Book review, 2007, Convergence Journalism, Kolodzy, Journalism Studies

Book review, 2006, Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction, Pape & Featherstone, Journalism Studies

Book review, 2006, Digitizing the News, Boczkowski, Journalism Studies

Book review, 2004, The Cyberspace Handbook, Whittaker

Book review, 2004, Designing for Newspapers and Magazines, Frost, Journalism Studies


'The transparency opportunity: holding power to account - or making power accountable?' October 2012, Transparency and Accountability in Government and Media, The Rothermere American Institute, Oxford

'Data Management for Journalists', September 2012, Digital Publishing Conference, Periodical Publishers Association

'Stories and Streams: overcoming the student as consumer mindset through peer-to-peer learning', July 2012, Brighton University

'Data: new sources, new possibilities', July 2012, BBC Data Day, London

'Journalism is like gas', June 2012, University of Amsterdam

'Stories and Streams: teaching collaborative journalism', May 2012, Winchester University

'YANA [You Are Not Alone]', November 2011, Coventry Conversations, Coventry University

'New information, new journalists', October 2010, ESCACC, Barcelona

'Crowdsourcing investigative journalism', Facing The Future, November 2010, Coventry University

'A Journalism Curriculum for the 21st Century', September 2010, European Centre of Journalism, Amsterdam

'Model for a 21st Century Newsroom', August 2010, Professional Online Journalism: Chances and Challenges, UTAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

'Anatomy of an investigation', Journalism's Next Top Model, June 2010, Westminster University

'Model for a 21st Century Newsroom', February 2009, Norwegian Institute of Journalism

'New approaches to research in a digital age', Association of Journalism Education conference, January 2009, Birmingham

'Blogging journalists: the writing on the wall', End of Journalism conference, October 2008, University of Bedfordshire

'Distributed Journalism', Glocal 2.0, May 2008, New York University Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

'Are wikis the new blogs?', Future of Newspapers Conference, September 2007, Cardiff

'Online journalism technologies: a case study', New Researcher Conference, September 2007, Birmingham

'Blogs and journalism', 8th Vienna Globalisation Symposium, May 2007, Vienna

'Blogs and wikis in journalism education', AJE Conference paper, January 2007, Huddersfield

'Paradigms in online journalism teaching', New Researcher Conference, September 2006, Birmingham

Media Work

Paul Bradshaw is one of the University’s dedicated team of trained media champions, and can comment on a range of subjects including:

  • Journalism
  • Online Journalism
  • Surveillance, security and privacy online

To arrange a media interview, please contact Birmingham City University Press Office on 0121 331 6738, 07967 271532,
email or via Twitter @BCUPressOffice

Links and Social Media
Social Media and Websites

Twitter: @paulbradshaw