Hello 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 years and includes working for the BBC, Channel 4 News, ABC News working on stories in Syria, Russia, China, India, Egypt, and apartheid South Africa.
I’ve produced some of the top names in journalism e.g. Jon Snow (who provides a testimonial below) and am behind the cinema journalism movement.
My work has received several awards e.g. Knight Batten for Innovation in Journalism. On @medium I’m recognised as one of their top 10 global bloggers.
What industry says
David is 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. He’s an international award pioneer in new news forms in videojournalism [Click here].
He’s consulted for groups that include the UN, Institute of War and Peace, and worked in Russia, China, India, Egypt and near the Syrian border. He’s described by Jon Snow as an “Original”, the digital director at the BBC as a “rare talent” (see below) and Apple as a “One Man Hurricane”.
He’s currently at Cardiff University, one of the world’s leading Journalism, media and culture departments where he specialism in Emerging Journalism and AI, Cinema Journalism and International News Reporting.
David is a co-investigator of Creative Clwstwr , a 5-year Government funded program which administers and manages screen-based innovations in Wales. He sits on the editorial board of AMPLYFi (AI specialists) and is an advisor for the British Library’s News Exhibition and an RTS Juror. He’s co-founder of a journal (soon to be launched) on race, media and diversity between Cardiff and Birmingham University, bringing together academics across the UK.
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David is the Asper Visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia. His doctorate covers cognitivism, human design thinking and innovation in story forms, completed over four continents, combined with a historicity and art. It involved extensive critical interviews with a number of world experts e.g. Robert Drew. He is behind several successful commercial lab projects e.g. disLAB that and has presented internationally at scores of venues e.g. Apple and SXSW.
Several key figures in media and industries recognise his work.
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. David joined his company and they created another company inside where David acted as creative director.
David was 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. He combined art and design thinking in storytelling to problem solve.
Amongst the many projects at the Southbank Centre, his 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 stands out.
One of the world’s leading filmmakers, authors and critics, the award winning Mark Cousins said the following about David, after spending a week with him at the Southbank on a programme.
International Reportage & Innovation
David has worked across the world on major stories (in front and behind the camera), campaigns and training across the world. He’s worked for dotcoms, network political programmes and is an active researcher on a range of interests. Since 2016 Medium, owned by twitter, has named him one of the top 20 global writers in journalism.
Highlight of his 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.
- Being the filmmaker for Lennox Lewis heavyweight fight with Mike Tyson
- 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.
David has 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. His specialism in international relations includes interviewing former CIA chief James Woolsey, the Director of the CIA.
David is the co-producer behind 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
David has keynoted at several events, such as the Guild of Entrepreneurs and Apple. This below from the Master of the Guild.
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, David 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
David has 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
David’s 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.
David has received several awards for his work. Pulitzer Prize Winner Jan Schaffer talks about his work.
Examples of my work in Innovation include:
In 2005–2010 the Press Association asked David 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 was awarded the International Videojournalism Award in Berlin
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.
David has been teaching several years and been rewarded with great friendships, NUS awards in 2016 and 2012 and the invitation to the odd marriage apparently he inadvertently brokered. These are some views from running the disLAB (digital and Interactive Storytelling LAB.)
Feedback below from Masters students in International Journalism
Feedback from students who David taught online coding and website design and took them to Google to pitch their work.
Martin Ramsgard, Denmark National Union of Journalists.
David presented four-hour presentation and loved it. He 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)
David bought his first Apple in 1999, though he’d been using one since 1993. Apple profiled him as one of the leading creatives in the world using a Mac. More here
Read Broadcast magazine article here
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A Ghanaian-Brit, he was voted one of the top 40 most influential Ghanaians abroad by the Ghana High commissioned backed-Ghana Abroad.