About Media Ideas International

Media ideas International is the name of the media consultancy and journalism training business I set up in 2002. It sounds a big deal, but it's just me, working alone and hired by media companies and media development organisations around the world. The following sums up what I do:

  • Assist media houses in responding to the business, editorial workflow, and technological challenges posed by changing audience behaviour.
  • Advise on the introduction of converged/integrated newsrooms, and the steps needed to design and apply digital-first strategies, where appropriate.
  • Offer journalism training for print, broadcast and online journalists and social media training for all.
  • Specialise in helping media in exile set out their editorial propositions and prepare for the day when they become mainstream.
  • Offer free media training modules via this site for journalists in developing countries who can't afford training.
  • Provide updates on training projects and free tools via our blog.

I also run a Media Mentoring service with my colleague Bob Eggington where we offer media management one-to-one help and support with their strategies.

My background

I am a journalist by training, with a career that has involved journalistic and managerial experience in print, radio, television, online and social media. I was lucky enough to be one of the editors invited to set up and launch BBC News Online in 1997. Soon after the site went live I became the managing editor. Two years later CNN invited me to join them to set up and launch CNN.com Europe, Middle East and Africa and CNNArabic.com. I stayed with CNN for two years before starting my own media strategy consultancy and journalism training business. I was an editorial consultant for the launch of Al Jazeera English in 2006, the content consultant for the launch of itv.com, the UK's biggest commercial broadcaster, and a consultant for the launch and development of Livestation which streamed live news coverage.

Blogging, tweeting and socialising

I don't blog much, but when I do I post at @helpingmedia blog.  I tweet using the same name @helpingmedia. I have set up groups for Media Helping Media on Facebook, on LinkedIn and a community for people working in international media development on Google +. More about me - if you are not bored already - can be found at my LinkedIn profile.

Clients, past and present

Below is a list of the organisations I am currently working with or have worked with since Media Ideas was set up in 2002.

Commercial work

Media development

Lecturing

Technology

Media assistance 

Advisory

Pro-bono

Exiled media

I also work with a number of exiled media organisations in Africa, SE Europe, the CIS and SE Asia which can't be listed here for security reasons.

 

Subcategories

This section is for the biographical data contained at the bottom of articles contributed by the various authors who donate their training modules to Media Helping Media. It's simply a storage space for updated information.

We have more than 100 free training modules in our journalism training section.