About OJB


The Online Journalism Blog publishes interviews, analysis, links and tips on online and multiplatform journalism, data journalism and visualisation, interactive storytelling, citizen journalism, advanced search techniques and OSINT, and all things internet.


The blog is written by award-winning data journaist and academic Paul Bradshaw – with contributions from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, FranceGermany, GreeceHungary, Iran, Italy, Macedonia, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, NorwayPalestine, the Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, South Africa, South KoreaSpain, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, USA, and plenty of other places.


Paul runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University and is the author of a number of books and book chapters about online journalism and the internet, including the Online Journalism Handbook (now in its second edition), Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Data Journalism Heist and Scraping for Journalists.

From 2010-2015 he was a Visiting Professor in Online Journalism at City University London and from 2009-2014 he ran Help Me Investigate, an award-winning platform for collaborative investigative journalism. Since 2015 he has worked with the BBC England and BBC Shared Data Units based in Birmingham, UK. He also advises and delivers training to a number of media organisations.

The OJB logo was designed by John Dickinson.

86 thoughts on “About OJB

  1. NIshikant Khajuria

    Sir, I am a Kashmir (India administered) based journalist with a professional experience of ten years.
    I want to contribute news items from here to the news agencies, magazines, papers or news portals. Kindly guide me in this regard.
    Awaiting for your reply.

  2. Arnaud Hulstaert

    I’m a student in information and communcation science (at Bruxelles – Belgium – I hope my english is’nt too bad) and I study the online information system useb by the journalists and the quality of these systems. To make this study, I need information from journalists and It’s rather difficult to obtain. Is it possible for me to contact you by email to ask you some questions ? My objectives are to improve those systems and therefor I need advices from journalists.
    Thank you

  3. Ken Liu


    I read the post on wiki journalism with great interest since we have a wiki publishing platform for online media that is targeted at building communities. Iwould like to get your help in contacting the people you surveyed. Our launch customer is the San Diego Union Tribune and afew other publications are looking into it, with inetersting applications on kids sports, global warming, schools etc. Perhaps you are interested in helping us gain entry into the UK market?

  4. Wasim Mohammed

    Hi there

    I’ve just launched a bit of a crazy website idea and just wanted a bit of advice.

    I’m not even sure if you’re the right person I should be asking and actually I’m hoping I’m not being cocky by asking you this but do you think my site would make a good story.

    Kind Regards

  5. Fiaz Sami

    I’ve launched a website that is centered around people raising questions to newsmakers in response to news items on the web. People can relate news articles to questions to support the validity of a given question. The main idea is to collaboratively raise the tough questions journalists would normally not use in an interview or a press conference.

    I wanted to know what your thoughts were about such a concept and what impact it may have on citizen journalism.

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  7. Sandra Browne

    We are looking to hire recent journalism graduates for full time positions in a startup South Florida newspaper. Would you have any leads or suggestions how we can find applicants?

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  11. ian

    this site is very useful for my journalism class. i would just like to know something about video diary as a form of journalism. Is it related to online journalism? what are the pecularities or styles used in here?

  12. Caroline

    Hey there,

    This is Caroline from SocialRank.

    I am trying to get in touch with you but couldn’t find your email address.

    We will index your blog posts as part of our content filter. I’d like to send you an invite to a beta preview of our new Web 2.0 site.

    Can you get back to me with your email address.

    Mine is caroline@journalismdaily.com

    Kind regards,



  13. Media Wales

    Paul. Just come across your blog and really impressed. We’ve just started a blog focussing on the media in Wales (mainly news media) and while it’s in its early days we hope it’ll evolve into a mature blog for debate and discussion by both the media professionals and media customers. Would really appreciate your comments.

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  41. Teodora Tsulina


    I went through your blog and I would say that found it impressive. I’m a second year student of European Studies at the University of Malmo/Sweden. Naturally, from Bulgaria/Sofia.Currently, I am doing my year as an exchange student at the University of Seville/Spain (for the first term) and at the University of Granada/Spain (second term). I would like to contribute to your work in this blog. Honestly, I have no experience in the shpere of journalism and publishing, besides one month training at one of the Bulgarian national newspapers. However, I would be extremely happy having the chance to improve my skills and deepen my knowledge. Although, I have not experience, I think that my work, help, colaboration could be useful for the following reasons: I have plenty of contacts with people from different parts of Europe, taking into account my background. Also, I am originally from Bulgaria (an Eastern European country) where concepts like ‘media pluralism’, ‘investigative journalism’ or ‘freedom of speach’ are relatively new. In the future, I would like to dedicate myself at improving the level of journalism in Bulgaria, especially the points, emphasized in Article 19. Therefore,my work for this blog, will inevitably contribute to my personal develpment.

    If you anyway decide that I could be useful for the developing of the blog contact me.


    Teodora Tsulina

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  44. Tom Smith

    Hi Paul,

    this looks great! Well done… I’m attempting a similar approach of trying to provide a collection of tools for data exploration (it’s not ready yet) at the University of York ( http://pppeoplepppowered.blogspot.com/ ).

    The idea is to try and find connections between people (using social media, google searches and web site data) and then add those connections, however spurious as a starting point for a social media tool… Something to nosey around and explore…

    Keep up the good work, it’s a great idea…


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  53. Antoinette Siu

    Hi Paul, I’m interested in contributing to your blog. Can you tell me how I can get involved? Thanks!

  54. Johnny C

    I find your blog interesting I have a website/blog that also delivers information about the Island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean http://www.clickonsthelenaisland.com.
    It originally started as a blog but has been developed into a Information web portal however its is not always easy to get information from the Island as i am now based in the UK it would be interesting to know if you have any tips on getting info from remote locations like St Helena for collating into a new blog on my web portal

    1. Paul Bradshaw Post author

      As it happens one of my MA students at Birmingham – Simon Pipe – is exploring that area. My advice has been to explore community management – I’m sure he’ll have more to tell than me in the next few months.

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  59. Hirofumi Hayashi

    Dear Mr. Bradshaw,
    I hope this finds you well. I am Hiroyuki Hayashi, Dentsu’s creative director working on the Tokyo Shimbun app you commented on for the BBC article. Yes, as you have mentioned, there are many nuts to crack but we hope to sophisticate the usage of AR and provide interesting content for readers of different age groups and interests. I will keep you posted with our new developments.
    Kind regards,

  60. Thomas Cheley

    Dear Paul,

    I am writing from the Institute of Art and Ideas in Britain which organises an annual festival of ideas where we film every debate and talk. I just came across your website and thought that you might be interested in a video we’ve released recently.

    Entitled “The Rise and Fall of The Fourth Estate: Leveson Inquiry & the Future of the Media”, it’s a debate between MPs, columnists and philosophers examining the power of the media within society.

    I thought this debate might appeal to you and your readers, and if you think it does it would be lovely if you could share it with them.

    Best regards,
    Tom Cheley

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