The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Paul Bradshaw

Professor Paul Bradshaw is an online journalist and blogger, who leads the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University. He manages his own blog, the Online Journalism Blog (OJB), and was the co-founder of Help Me Investigate, an investigative journalism website funded by Channel 4 and Screen WM. He has written for, Press Gazette, the Guardian‘s Data Blog, Nieman Reports and the Poynter Institute in the US. From 2010-2015 he was also a Visiting Professor at City University’s School of Journalism in London. Since 2015 he has worked with the BBC England data unit.

Bradshaw is the author of the Online Journalism Handbook, co-written with former Financial Times web editor Liisa Rohumaa, and also co-wrote the 3rd edition of Magazine Editing with John Morrish. He has also self-published a number of ebooks on data journalism and Snapchat and contributed to books including Investigative Journalism (2nd Ed), Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship; Face The Future; Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives; Specialist Reporting; Data Journalism: Mapping the Future; and Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices.

Adrian Monck ranked Bradshaw second in his list of “Britain’s Top Ten Journo-Bloggers” (2007). He was placed thirty-sixth in the Birmingham Post’s “Power 50” list of 2009 and listed again in the Media section of the ‘Power 250’ list in 2016. He has been listed in’s list of the leading innovators in journalism and media and Poynter’s most influential people in social media.

In 2010 he was shortlisted for Multimedia Publisher of the Year and in 2011 ranked 9th in PeerIndex’s list of the most influential UK journalists on Twitter. In 2016 he was part of a team that won the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards.

One of Bradshaw’s MA students was Lyra McKee.

Summer Conference Event
 — Workshop

Finding the Human Face in a Data-Driven Investigation

We use data in our investigations to find out about the the scale of a problem that is affecting people, systems that aren’t helping them, or to shine a light on particular individuals. This workshop focuses on techniques for finding the human stories that help bring that data to life, from scoping the characters and […]
Summer Conference Event
 — Course

Web Scraping for Journalists

In these hands-on sessions you will be introduced to some of the basic techniques to get started on scraping data for investigations: investigation ideas: how to spot opportunities to use scraping and automation in investigations scraping basics: finding structure in HTML and URLs; what’s possible with programming simple scraping jobs: how to write a basic scraper in five minutes data journalism tools: the challenges of scraping hundreds of webpages, dozens of documents, or the invisible contents of databases.
Scheduled Training

Web Scraping for Journalists

This two-day workshop in scraping is designed for reporters with no knowledge of scraping or programming and provides essential skills for getting original stories by compiling data across a range of online sources.