Until recently I was a journalist, but now I help the public sector to engage with its citizens – working for Public-i, in Brighton.

I’ve taken a winding road to get here: I’ve worked at Time Out GCC, in the UAE, where I was the chief sub editor. Before that I was a reporter and sub editor at the Ham&High, a famous old local newspaper in north London.

But, more recently, I was one of the first students of the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, studying under Paul Bradshaw. During that time I was also immensely lucky to work for Nick Booth (whom to many is known simply as Podnosh). It was while working with Nick that I got involved in organising social media surgeries – which, by the way, are brilliant.

Because I am, at heart, a bit strange I also blog about swimming pools and helped to set up a hyperlocal site in central Birmingham.

Stuff I’ve done

Reporting and editing
Multimedia reporting and blogging
Training and consultancy


Online communities manager at Public-i (September 2010)
Podnosh (January 2010 to present)
Time Out GCC (June 2008 to August 2009)
Hampstead and Highgate Express (2002 to June 2008)


MA in Online Journalism, Birmingham City University (TBC)
PTC-accredited diploma in Journalism (2002)
MA in International Studies, University of Limerick, Ireland
BSc in Geography, Kingston University

This blog was about journalism. I’m not sure that it’s about anything in particular any more, but we’ll see.

I can be found @andbwell on Twitter.

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