Kathryn Geels

Media and journalism innovation, Photography on the side, and Director of grants programmes in London, United Kingdom

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My career is creative and multi-faceted. By day I'm the director of grants programmes at the European Journalism Centre (EJC). Our programmes include the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund, IJ4EU, European Development Journalism Grants, Global Health France and Germany, and the Engaged Journalism Accelerator.

I came to the EJC via Digital Catapult, where my inner technology and data geek flourished, through delivering activities for businesses on the 'innovation opportunity' of personal data.

From 2016 to 2018 I worked as a consultant in seven countries with some very brilliant minds, and the Google News Initiative, to deliver the Digital Identities workshop series. Supporting journalists to enhance their engagement with their audience and their wider impact on society.

For the three years preceding this I lead a programme of work supporting hyperlocal publishers to become resilient by making the most of digital technology. This was at the UK's innovation foundation Nesta.

On the side I do photography, with my most recent projects being The Transaction and LDNtwentyfour7. I've exhibited in solo exhibitions and a number of group exhibitions. You can check out my work at Ghel Creative and Flickr.

Aaaaand...before all of this, in 2012 I completed post graduate studies in journalism at Queensland University of Technology. In the year before, I kick-started my career change to the creative industries by taking up post in India as a documentary photographer with Raleigh International.

Other than work, what gets me talking is the environment - palm oil, plastic and food waste in particular - empowerment for women and empowerment for local and independent everything (be it business, groups, producers, causes or fashion!).

  • Work
    • European Journalism Centre
  • Education
    • Queensland University of Technology