Paul Bradshaw is a data journalist, blogger, writer and academic. He leads the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, and from 2010-2015 was a visiting professor in online journalism at City University London. With a background in magazine and website management, he is best known as the publisher of the Online Journalism Blog and the founder of the award-winning investigative journalism crowdsourcing site Help Me Investigate, which ran from 2009-2014. Since 2015 he has been working with the BBC to help establish a regional data unit.

Paul was listed on both's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media. He was once ranked the UK’s 4th ‘most visible person on the internet’ by NowPublic, and the UK's 7th most influential UK journalist on Twitter by PeerIndex. In his history of data journalism Brant Houston describes Paul Bradshaw as “pioneering” the form.

Paul's ‘Model for the 21st Century Newsroom’ and ‘BASIC Principles of Online Journalism’ series have formed the basis for newsroom operations and journalism education around the world, where they have been translated into a number of languages. He has written reports on Social Media and the News for the Open Society Foundation, and an update of the 21st Century Newsroom model for the BBC College of Journalism.

Paul is the author of the Online Journalism Handbook (now in its second edition), and co-author of Magazine Editing (3rd Edition) with John Morrish. He has contributed chapters to a number of books including the second edition of Investigative Journalism, Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, and Ethics for Digital Journalists. He has also branched into ebook publishing with the publication of Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets and Snapchat for Journalists on

In addition to teaching and writing, Paul acts as a consultant and trainer to a number of organisations on social media and data journalism, including the Centre for Investigative Journalism, the Balkan Investigative Reporters Network, Sky, Trinity Mirror, Haymarket, Open University, UBM, Reed Business Information,, and the Press Association. He is on the advisory boards for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s data team and the European Journalism Centre’s and he has written for the Guardian, Telegraph, InPublishing, Press Gazette and the BBC. In 2016 he won the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year award for an investigation into Nigerian football agents. You can find him on Twitter @paulbradshaw.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Data journalism, online journalism, blogging, algorithms, automation