Award-winning journalist, trainer & researcher
I have more than 25 years experience working in all the UK’s major broadcast newsrooms and my expertise spans innovation, storytelling, AI, inclusion, mental health and engaged journalism. I work as a freelance journalist, researcher and trainer, and as a Community Organiser at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
My new model of “Reflective Journalism” has had global impact, and I’ve presented my work at the Reuters Institute, the World Association of News Publishers, the European Journalism Centre and many others.
A cutting-edge innovator, speaker & consultant
I offer a range of speaking, research & development, consultancy and training services, and work with a number of high profile organisations and clients across the world.
“Shirish is a thought provoking, original speaker, who has carried out ground breaking research on storytelling, diversity and the emotional cost of reporting.”
Meera Selva // Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
“Every so often, a refreshing voice pops up with ideas on how to make journalism more relevant. Shirish is one such voice. He approaches the challenge from the audience perspective and makes such good sense that he demands attention.”
Cherilyn Ireton // Director, World Editors’ Forum
“Shirish is one of the few people in this industry who not only understands the key issues we face around inclusion and representation, but has solutions.”
Adam Thomas // Director, European Journalism Centre
“Shirish is smart, straight-talking and compassionate, and I am always interested in what he has to say.”
Jonathan Heawood // Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation
“Shirish is an extraordinarily passionate journalist and a captivating speaker, whose profound knowledge of the subject, combined with his warm nature, make him a well-rounded and sought-after professional.”
Marcela Kunova // Editor, journalism.co.uk
“One of the most comprehensive and precise critiques of the current media landscape that I’ve heard – I was shouting ‘YES!’ at every turn.”
John Burn-Murdoch // Financial Times
The 7 Building Blocks
Creating a new, reflective, journalism
New approaches to Storytelling
For too long, journalism has relied on tired narrative habits. Human beings are hard-wired for stories, because they help us navigate the world. However, the structures journalists use are often confusing and opaque. By looking beyond the “inverted pyramid” we can find new forms of narrative that help us understand the world better.
The information citizens need
Journalists need to reflect on whether the content we prioritise is the information citizens really need to help them understand the world. By thinking more creatively, and remembering journalism is a service, we can help citizens engage with our work and participate more deeply in society.Learn more
Encouraging deeper understanding
Journalism’s focus on breaking – or at least “moving” – news is often to the detriment of broader context and understanding. By providing citizens with a wider lens – looking at the big picture – we can help people engage with and understand stories better.Learn more
Reflecting the whole of society
Innovation in storytelling isn’t just about telling stories differently, it’s about telling different stories. By listening to different perspectives and genuinely hearing them, we can better reflect society and start to rebuild trust.Learn more
We all have power
We’re not just “victims of the news”, we are all citizens of our communities and have our own power. By offering people a way to feel involved in the world, and showing they can make a difference, we give citizens agency in our storytelling.Learn more
Making sense of the world
The tone of voice we use to communicate is often horribly old-fashioned and formulaic. It largely relies on habits from the newspaper age, and our presentation of news rarely takes advantage of all the digital tools that are available to us. By writing more clearly and accessibly we can better communicate with all our citizens.Learn more
Winning back trust
The collapse of trust in journalism is the single biggest problem facing the industry. If we don’t win back trust, journalism won’t have a future. We can start that process through radical transparency at all stages of the journalistic process.Learn more
Read more about my work on storytelling, innovation, research & development, mental health and inclusion.