Alex Andreou left a promising career – much to the chagrin of his mother – in law and market investigation to train as an actor at London's Poor School at the tender age of 38. With his "writing hat" on, he is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New Statesman, and many other British and Greek publications and also writes for BBC Radio 4. Alex has experienced homelessness and is a keen poverty campaigner, political commentator and advocate on migrants' rights. He has given several TED talks.
Julie Bindel is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and has written extensively on rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking, and the rise of religious fundamentalism and its harm to women and girls. Julie writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, the New Statesman, Sunday Telegraph and Standpoint magazines, and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News.
Beatrix Campbell, OBE is an English writer and feminist activist who has written for a number of publications since the early 1970s. Her books include Diana, Princess of Wales: How Sexual Politics Shook the Monarchy (1998), and she has also made films, including Listen to the Children (1990), a documentary about child abuse.
Brian Cathcart is professor of journalism at Kingston University London and was a founder of the Hacked Off campaign. He served as specialist adviser to the commons media select committee in 2008-10. Irish by background, he was a journalist at Reuters, the Independent papers and the New Statesman, and has written books about the murders of Stephen Lawrence and Jill Dando, as well as on the history of nuclear science.
Sarah Bartlett Churchwell is an American-born academic who is the Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is known for her expertise in twentieth and twenty-first century fiction. She regularly appears on British television and radio and has also judged several literary prizes, including the Women's (Orange) Prize for Fiction and the David Cohen Prize for Literature. Churchwell is a member of the judging panel for the 2014 Man Booker Prize.
Simon Copland is an Australian freelance writer, specialising in sex, culture and politics. He is polyamorous, dating two people at the same time – James and Martyn. In his spare time he is a rugby union and David Bowie fanatic.
James Doleman came to prominence for his widely-praised coverage of the 2010 Tommy Sheridan trial, for which he was nominated for a Scottish Press award. He later became legal correspondent of The Drum, during which he covered the entire phone-hacking trail and seven court cases against The Sun and Daily Mirror journalists over allegations of corrupt payments to public officials.
Born at a young age, Krissy’s a screenwriter and social media writer from Baltimore. Currently a sex columnist at the Bay Area Reporter, she also works in all stages of video production, but specializes in concept development. She loves lemon desserts and sci-fi, and is known, she says, for her self-deprecating humor.
Paddy French has been an investigative journalist for most of his career. He has worked as a freelance for the Sunday Times as well as working on corruption investigations for BBC Nationwide, Thames TV’s This Week and BBC 2 Man Alive. In the 1990s he was an independent producer and made programmes for Channel 4 Dispatches as well as the BBC and ITV in Wales. After retiring in 2009, he launched the Press Gang website which is best known for its dramatic exposé revealing that News of the World’s “Fake Sheikh” Mazher Mahmood had lied to the Leveson Inquiry about the number of successful criminal prosecutions he’d secured.
Hencke joined The Guardian in 1976, becoming the newspaper's Westminster Correspondent in 1986. He has won numerous awards for his political coverage. In 1994 he was named What the Papers Say Journalist of the Year for his investigation which uncovered the "Cash-for-questions affair". His exposé led to the bankruptcy of Ian Greer Associates, one of the country’s biggest lobbying companies, and the resignations of two junior ministers, Neil Hamilton and Tim Smith. In 1998 he won Scoop of the Year for a story that caused the first resignation of Peter Mandelson, over a secret undeclared £373,000 home loan given to him by fellow Treasury minister, Geoffrey Robinson. Having won Political Journalist of the Year' at the British Journalism Awards, Hencke now works for Exaro and as the Westminster correspondent for Tribune.
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Eliot Higgins, pseudonym Brown Moses, is a British citizen journalist and blogger, known for using open sources and social media to investigate the Syrian Civil War and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. He first gained mainstream media attention by identifying weapons in uploaded videos from the Syrian conflict.
Jonny Jacobsen has been working as a journalist for 30 years. His work has appeared in The Herald, Scotland, Scotland on Sunday and GQ magazine. He has been studying destructive, highdemand groups since the early 1990s and while he has written about other movements, his main focus is on Scientology. His research has taken him to the United States and several European countries, but is today concentrated in France, where he has lived and worked for more than 20 years.
Jacques was editor of the Communist Party of Great Britain's journal, Marxism Today from 1977 until its closure in 1991; in this period, he was the co-editor or co-author of The Forward March of Labour Halted?, The Politics of Thatcherism and New Times. Jacques was a co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times and was deputy editor of The Independent. In 2009, Jacques' book about Asian modernity and the rise of China entitled When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order was published. Jacques is also a columnist for The Guardian and New Statesman.
Graham Johnson is an author and investigative journalist who has contributed to a variety of publications including News of the World, Sunday Mirror, The Observer, Vice, The Guardian and Liverpool Echo. For Vice, Johnson has produced two documentaries: Fraud and The Debt Collector which are based on his own investigations. He worked at the Sunday Mirror from 1997 to 2005 and for six years was the newspaper's Investigations Editor. He has been a finalist for "Reporter of the Year" three times and been described in parliament as an "investigative reporter supreme". Johnson has covered stories including drug dealing in Britain, people smuggling in Europe, child slavery in India and Pakistan, and war in the Balkans. To research his debut novel, Johnson spent several years on and off embedded with some of Britain's most notorious gangs.
Steven T. Jones is “one of the last guardians of progressive San Francisco”, a veteran newspaper journalist who has been chronicling and fighting the slow fade of leftist politics and alternative arts and culture over the last decade. He was the editor-in-chief the San Francisco Bay Guardian when the newspaper was suddenly shuttered in October 2014, which lead him to create the Guardian in- Exile Project to prevent the paper's new corporate owners from having “the final word or sending 48 years of journalistic history down the memory hole”.
Peter Jukes is a British writer and journalist, nominated for several awards for crowd funding his live Twitter coverage of all 130 days of the phone hacking trial. He details his experience, and the backstage drama of the most expensive and longest running completed criminal trial in British history, Beyond Contempt. His previous 2012 book, The Fall of the House of Murdoch, was described by the former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans as “a roaring great read.” He is also a dramatist for radio and television, whose award winning credits include In Deep, Bad Faith, Waking the Dead and Sea of Souls. His account of living in the modern city, A Shout in the Street, was called “a dream of a book” by John Berger. He lives in London.
Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and media activist. He is the former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, and current director general of Community Media Network (CMN), a not for profit media organization dedicated to advancing independent media in the Arab region. Kuttab is active in media freedom efforts in the Middle East. He has co-produced a number of award winning documentaries and children’s television programs. His op-ed columns have appeared in the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angles Times, The Daily Telegraph and Shimbum Daily in Tokyo. He has received a number of international awards, among them the CPJ Freedom of Expression Award, the IPI World Press Freedom Hero, PEN Club USA Writing Freedom Award, the Leipzeg Courage in Freedom Award and the Next Foundation (UK) Peace through Media Award. He is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post, Palestine News Network, Al Arrabiya.Net and the Jordan Times.
Left Foot Forward (LFF) is a left-wing political blog in the UK. The site is part of a cohort of British left-wing blogs which have attracted interest from the media. LFF has been described as "an increasingly influential left-leaning blog" by the Financial Times, "The place to start the hunt for intelligent views and news about the centre left" by The Observer, and "undoubtedly an influential and serious operation" by the Independent on Sunday.
Eric Lewis is a cartoonist, designer and political blogger who lives in New York City. More than 50 of his cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker magazine. The original art for one was purchased by The Guggenheim Museum, another was shown and read aloud on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and a third was selected by New Yorker Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff as one of the 11 best of all time. Eric draws Animal Nuz, a weekly political strip for Daily Kos, where he is a frequent and popular blogger of breaking news.
openDemocracy is a website for debate about international politics and culture, offering news and opinion articles from established academics, journalists and policymakers covering current issues in world affairs. Prominent contributors to the webzine have included Kofi Annan, George Soros, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Shirin Ebadi, Sidney Blumenthal, Peter Hain, Pierre Bourdieu, Manuel Castells, Fred Halliday, and David Blunkett. openDemocracy's mission statement asserts: "openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice”.
John Mitchinson is the head of research for the British television panel game QI, and is also the managing director of Quite Interesting Limited. He is co-writer of the QI series of books with the show's creator John Lloyd. The two men are normally referred to as "The Two Johns" and are seen as the main controllers of QI, as they do most of the research of the show.
Benny Morris is an Israeli historian. He is a professor of history in the Middle East Studies department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in the city of Beersheba, Israel. He is a key member of the group of Israeli historians known as the "New Historians," a term Morris coined to describe himself and historians Avi Shlaim and Ilan Pappé. Morris's work on the Arab-Israeli conflict and especially the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has won praise and criticism from both sides of the political divide.
Rowan Dorothy Pelling is a British journalist, broadcaster, writer and stand-up comedienne who first achieved note as the editor (or "editrice", to use her term) of monthly literary/erotic magazine, the Erotic Review. Pelling has contributed to a variety of newspapers and magazines, including regular columns for the Independent on Sunday, The Mail on Sunday, GQ, and Jack. She was a judge of the 2004 Man Booker Prize. She is now a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and is working on her first novel.
Popbitch is a weekly UK-based celebrity and pop music newsletter and associated website dating from the early 2000s. Much of the material for the newsletter comes from the Popbitch message boards, frequented by music industry insiders, gossips and the casually interested. The board has at various times been credited for celebrity rumours (both false and true) appearing in the press, and the coining of many expressions that have gone on to enjoy wider usage.
Joji Sakurai is a London-based essayist and journalist, and a regular contributor to YaleGlobal, the magazine of Yale University’s MacMillan Center. For the past decade, he has been the European features and investigations editor for The Associated Press, delivering deep dives into everything from avant-garde opera to terrorism in Kazakhstan. He has major forthcoming essays about Roland Barthes and Richard Wagner. Sakurai graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, with First-class honours in Modern Languages, specializing in French and Italian literature.
Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) is a national project which records and measures anti- Muslim incidents in the United Kingdom. It is closely modelled on the Jewish Community Security Trust (CST) and like the CST it also provides support for victims, working closely with organisations such as Victim Support. Tell MAMA was launched in 2012 by Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government and is co-ordinated by the interfaith organisation Faith Matters. Both groups were founded by social entrepreneur Fiyaz Mughal OBE, a former adviser to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, on Interfaith and Preventing Radicalisation and Extremism.
Abby Tomlinson is a British political activist and writer. She is recognised as one of the founders and the leader of the Milifandom, a campaign to support Ed Miliband during the United Kingdom general election, 2015. Tomlinson has subsequently written for The Guardian and called for the lowering of the voting age to 16.
Tim Fenton is the creator of Zelo Street, a name based on a personal in-joke that Fenton won’t share, where he observes the media and political elite from the front room of his three-bedroom terraced house. The blog has gained a reputation for its forensic coverage of the phone-hacking inquiry and a methodical approach to spotting contradictions and apparent instances of hypocrisy in the mainstream media.