Multimedia Trainer, Thomson Foundation
Dan is a consultant and multimedia trainer for the Thomson Foundation, supporting journalists and communication professionals in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He also works with a variety of non-profit and corporate organisations as an independent media consultant.
He has been a journalist and award-winning editor of daily newspapers and online operations in the UK for around 30 years, including editor of the Coventry Evening Telegraph and Birmingham Post, and managing editor of newspapers and news websites around London. He was managing director of a UK newspaper company.
Dan’s interests include walking, skiing, history, jazz and classic cars.
Dan’s experience of volunteering with Media Trust:
Dan first volunteered with Media Trust in 2008 when our Media Matching service connected him with a small carers’ charity called Crossroads in the Vale, in South Wales. Dan helped develop the charity’s website and blogging skills they’ve developed an excellent ongoing relationship.
Since then, Dan has helped several other charities - sometimes with no more than a few words of advice and offer to help if needed. Dan has attended several Speedmatching events that connect media professionals with charities.
“Using the power to publish to make a positive difference to the communities I serve has always been at the heart of my definition of journalism. Now that power is in the hands of everyone - with tools that are free (or cheap) and very easy to use. It’s a golden time for charities and non-profit organisations to connect their passion directly with their communities. Showing people how to do it, often all charities need is a little encouragement, give me enormous pleasure.”