Kathryn Geels

Media and journalism innovation and Photography on the side in London, United Kingdom

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My career is creative and multi-faceted. By day I'm Director of the Engaged Journalism Accelerator at the European Journalism Centre (EJC). A programme that will accelerate the skills, people, ideas and knowledge transfer of news organisations in Europe that work to empower communities and their conversations, and create solutions that can positively impact journalism and society. You can see my updates on the EJC website and on my own social channels.

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.

Since 2016 I've worked in seven countries with some very brilliant minds, and 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, producers, causes or fashion!).

  • Work
    • Ghel Creative
  • Education
    • Queensland University of Technology