Paul Bradshaw

Course Leader

Birmingham School of Media
0121 331 5367

Paul Bradshaw leads the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University, and works as a consultant data journalist in the BBC England data unit.

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. His other awards include the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016 for an investigation into Nigerian football agents, and the BBC England 2017 Data Journalism award for a story on discrimination in the housing sector.

He is the author of the Online Journalism Handbook, now in its second edition, and co-author of Magazine Editing (3rd Edition) with John Morrish. Other books which Bradshaw has contributed to include 'Investigative Journalism' (second edition), 'Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future', 'Ethics for Digital Journalists', 'Data Journalism: Mapping the Future', 'Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship'; and 'Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives'.

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 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
Media Work
Links and Social Media