I was asked by one of London’s most leading business forums, The Guild of Entrepreneurs to deliver their keynote to members who range from top judges and Armed Force personnel, to entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses.
I’m David, a Brit with Ghanaian heritage. I’m an academic/ journalist/filmmaker, a previous artist in residence at the Southbank Centre and a creative technologist involved in the Net since 1996. I work across several platforms.
My career spans 30 plus years from working for the BBC (Newsnight/ Reportage) , Channel 4 News, ABC News and working on stories in Apartheid South Africa, Syria, Russia, China, India, Egypt, and Algeria to name a few.
My work has received several awards e.g. Knight Batten for Innovation in Journalism and citations (see below) and on @Medium I’m recognised as one of their top 10 global writers on journalism.
I write about innovation, history of media, diversity and cognitivism and carry out research into media and television.
I combine a background and cross discipline approach in Maths, Chemistry, Economics, psychology storytelling, art and tech incl. AI. At heart I’m a creative director and journalist/ storytelling.
My most recent project is presenting to Russian Journalists and professors and Asian journalists in India — part of a Facebook initiative — to examine new dynamics into making television news more immersive. On March 23rd I present to Russian Journalists, for my next instalment in reworking journalism.
My interdisciplinary research examines a future of journalism and remodelling journalism (my most recent post) and new story forms, researched from 150 experts from 15 different countries. I’m a leader behind the Cinema Journalism movement.
In my career I’ve produced some of the top names in journalism e.g. Jon Snow (who provides a testimonial below) and am behind a new movement in journalism called cinema journalism.
In 2020 I co-founded with Prof Diane Kemp and Vis. Prof. Marcus Ryder MBE, and a stellar editorial team of academics a new Journal, Representology. The journal reimagines journalism focusing on real-world issues for people with protected characteristics.
It’s a collaboration between Birmingham City University’s Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity and Cardiff University (my Uni). You can read about it here as well as a download a copy
As part of the British Library’s million pound expansion and forthcoming news exhibition I am part of its advisory board with nine other leading UK academics.
Recently I contributed to the exhibition’s book writing about Black Lives Matter and the Power of Language.
A previous 5000-word article on Black Lives and Human Rights published Nov 2020 in the European Human Rights Law Review (EHRLR)was described by the editor as “This is a thing of beauty, David”and the Dep Editor said this:
“Sometimes things are best seen in your periphery. And the messages I gain from this piece float about and take shape as I read them. I feel this piece muses on the issue, in a very organic and human way. It doesn’t pin down what the movement is — to do so would be at best only an approximation, at worse doing violence to the movement’s inclusivity”.
In 2020, collaborating with colleagues I programmed and presented a digital summit on education bringing together some of the world’s sharpest minds, such as Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webby awards. And we launched a new Masters course that collapsed multiple disciplines and brought together several commercial companies to work with us as mentors and supporters.
What industry says
Iam the first British recipient of the coveted Knight Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism in the US [Click here], presented at the National Press Club in Washington DC, beating the likes of CNN, BBC and USA Today. Below Pulitzer Prize Winner Jan Schaffer, who is the exec director of the award talks briefly about my work.
Other awards include the International videojournalism awards held in Berlin [Click here].
In 2005–2010 the Press Association asked me to devise a programme to turn Britain’s first regional newspaper journalists into videojournalists.
Below, the editor from the Hull Daily Mail gives his assessment of the training.
Below that, the video of a simulated training day with Cleveland Police.
I’ve consulted for groups that include the UN, Institute of War and Peace, and worked in Russia, China, India, Egypt and near the Syrian border.
I’m currently at Cardiff University, one of the UK’s leading Journalism, media and culture schools where I specialise in Emerging Journalism and AI, Cinema Journalism and International News Reporting.
As a co-investigator of Creative Clwstwr , a 5-year Government funded program which administers and manages screen-based innovations in Wales, I manage projects and sit on the editorial board of AMPLYFi (AI specialists).
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I’m the Asper Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia and my doctorate and post doctorate work covers cognitivism, human centred design thinking and innovation in story forms, completed over four continents, combined with a historicity and art. I presented widely on how these subjects coalesce and collapse around my studies.
Several key figures in media and industries have recognised my work.
Peter Barron, whom I knew from my time at Newsnight in 1991 and who subsequently at Channel 4 News in the late 90s said:
“David saw the potential of digital video journalism early on, and keeps on pushing the boundaries in brilliant and beautiful ways”
Below, James Montgomery, the Director of Digital Development at the BBC writes about my work. I worked for James when he headed up FT.com and he brought me in to transform their staff and programming in innovative journalism using video.
Andrew Brown, Editor, of Powerhouse (brother of Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the UK) was David’s editor of a small team of producers covering the general election covering. He said the following:
In the 1980s/90s Saatchi and Saatchi produced a string of award winning commercials. Jon Staton, then head of TV at Saatchi and Saatchi was a key figure. He would later form his own agency. I joined his company and we created another company inside where I acted as creative director.
As an Artist in residence at the Southbank Centre ( Europe’s largest art venue) for a number of years, hired by the Director Jude Kelly OBE, I combined art and design thinking in storytelling to problem solve.
Amongst the many projects at the Southbank Centre, this visual essay on poet and later Chancellor of Manchester University Lemn Sissay remains a favourite. As does President Barack Obama’s 100 Days at the festival hall scored and conducted by Prof. Shirley Thompson OBE. The story behind this still gives me goose pimples when, I was almost beaten for producing it and a Washington Post editor had Pete Souza (Obama’s photographer) ring me.
In 2001 I was invited by the Lennox Lewis Camp to be the only cinema journalist to films his fight and build up with Tyson
One of the world’s leading filmmakers, authors and critics, the award winning Mark Cousins spent a week with me in deeply enjoyable artists retreat at the Southbank. He said this of my work. Watch as we discuss filmmaking followed by his verdict of my work.
International Reportage & Innovation
Ihave worked across the world on major stories (in front and behind the camera) for dotcoms, network political programmes and am active researching on a range of interests. Since 2016 I’ve been named one of the top 20 global writers in journalism on Medium owned by twitter.
I write as a cinema journalist, an essayist imagining a film script. It’s artistic as well as embedded in neuroscience.
I made this promo below about never lose that inner amazing child in you, the curiosity that goes on to discover, makes mistakes and discovers some more. The two minute used drones shooting in the high plains of Canada, Russia, and art galleries.
Highlight of career include:
- living and working in South Africa between 92 -94 during the demise of apartheid freelancing for the BBC, reporting from South Africa live e.g. Mandela’s presidency and working for ABC News during the historic elections.
- Setting up Breakfast TV in Ghana
- International security reports, with Nato, former head of CIA, and Special Forces.
- Deep diving wrecks, storytelling for WWI ships
Below are some of his live report on President Nelson Mandela’s inauguration from South Africa for the BBC WS. You can access more reports here.
Ihave been a member of one of the UK’s leading foreign affairs think tanks, Chatham House for 25 years, and was one of its youngest members to be nominated to join by the Director of Studies Professor Jack Spence, and would later interview the then new Director of Chatham House,Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE on security. My specialism in international relations has led to interviews with security chiefs like former CIA head James Woolsey.
In 2017 I co-produced b the UK’s Leaders’ List which profiles the UK’s leading television producers from Black, Asian and Ethnic background. It attracted UK-wide attention including this letter from the secretary of state.
Read Broadcast magazine article here
Ihave keynoted at several events e.g. Apple. This from the generous invitation of Lee Robertson, the then Master of the Guild of Entrepreneurs. I’m grateful to Lee for this reference
From Lee Robertson, Master of the Guild of Entrepreneurs
I have known David for over a year now and am a keen advocate of his work. We met via a collaboration he initiated with the Guild of Entrepreneurs, of which I am the current Master.
This allowed us to form a strong working relationship as Guild Freemen acted as mentors on the MA DisLab course. Our mentors were therefore able to connect and contribute to the project work of the mentees. During this period Dr. Dunkley Gyimah displayed an incredible energy and innovative approach to the whole process and his background in journalism supported by academic rigour was entirely evident during the entire process. He melded the relationships with great skill between busy entrepreneurs and the cohort of students. The Guild is looking forward to contributing further to the success of DisLab in the next academic year and much of this is down to the relationships and enthusiasm which he has brought to the whole process.
As I got to know him better I became aware of his deep and ever growing personal reputation as an academic and a prolific writer of interesting, engaging articles across many different publications and on line forums.
His standing is incredibly high within the Guild of Entrepreneurs and we were privileged to have him speak at our keynote Summer Banquet covering topics as widely ranging as entrepreneurialism, teaching, business and academia. His speech was particularly well received and his incredible depth of knowledge across journalism matched by his skills as a story teller made the event hugely informative as well as entertaining.
I trust that this outlines my personal feelings towards David, both as an academic but also as a storyteller and orator.
Finally, the article below which I wrote after the event at which he spoke may out some further colour to this short email. (It may also be accessed here)
Lee Robertson FRSA FCSI, Master Entrepreneur
In 2018, I was chosen from a global field of experts to be the Asper visiting professor of journalism at the University of British Columbia — one of the most respected institutions in journalism education in Canada, presenting public lectures, teaching and composing research. The Director & Associate Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Alfred Hermida, sent me this kind email after the programme.
It is hard to believe that you are about to head back to London. Your time at the School of Journalism has flown past.In case I don’t see you before you leave. I wanted to express my deep felt appreciation for the expertise, energy and enthusiasm that you brought to the School as our Asper Visiting Professor.I am grateful for your willingness to take on so many requests to speak in classes, meet with students and share your tremendous depth of experience. You made such a huge success of the Asper!
Thank you, Alf
Alfred Hermida, Ph.D
Director & Associate Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism
Cinema Journalism short I made to for one of my lectures to highlight my workshop on VR
Conference moderator and speaker
I have spoken at or moderated more than a 100 conferences over the years — in London, CUNY (US) where twenty experts from around the world were invited to speak about the future of news; NewsXchange where industry gathered to share knowledge; PPA, the publishing industry’s awards; SXSW in San Antonio, which brings together creatives; and Apple Store in London. Here’s a fuller list that includes the BFI and Sheffield docs.
Books and articles
Work is featured in a number of academic books and publications e.g. The Economist where he speaks about video hyperlinking, which has only recently become viable, using A.I.
Examples of my work in Innovation include:
Michael Rosenblum’s is the father of videojournalism — he’s advised and trained networks from the NYT, Al Gore’s Current TV and Oprah Winfrey
Jeff Jarvis is professor of Journalism at CUNY and a globally respected journalism and commentator. In 2014, he invited David to speak in the US at a Summit he was organising for 20 global professionals to talk about the future of television.
I have been teaching for several years and been rewarded with great friendships, and NUS awards in 2016 and 2012 and the invitation to the odd marriage apparently he inadvertently brokered.
These are some views from former students, such as the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil and students from the lab I headed up (digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB.)
Feedback below from Masters students in International Journalism
Feedback from students who I taught online coding and website design and took them to Google to pitch their work.
Martin Ramsgard, Denmark National Union of Journalists.
Presented four-hour presentation and loved it. I could have gone on further, and the delegates were ready to stay on .
Delegates at SXSW, ONA and Apple store in London.
Your harshest critic is the audience to whom you have only a few minutes to build a relationship. They either like you or they don’t.
Delegates at the ONA ( New York)
Apple Store ( Regent Street)
I bought my first Apple in 1999, though I’d been using one since 1993. Apple profiled me as one of the leading creatives in the world using a Mac. More here
Read Broadcast magazine article here
If you’d like to contact me. You can get me here @viewmagazine or here David[at]viewmagazine.tv or leave a comment.
I publish a number of online magazines
A Ghanaian-Brit, he was voted one of the top 40 most influential Ghanaians abroad by the Ghana High commissioned backed-Ghana Abroad.