Fergus Bell

founder Dig Deeper Media

Fergus Bell

Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He is also the founder of news consultancy Dig Deeper Media.

Fergus has worked across the business and editorial sides of the news industry, previously heading up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk, and before that as International Social Media and UGC Editor for the Associated Press.

Fergus is a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media. In October 2013 he co-founded a committee for the Online News Association that has brought together leaders in the journalism community to explore the ethics and standards of UGC and digital newsgathering for the news industry. He is also founding member of the First Draft News coalition of UGC experts supported by the Google News Lab. Fergus is a graduate of the University of Leeds.


IJF 2018

Fergus Bell will speak at the following events:

10:45 - 12:00  thursday 12 april 2018
Palazzo Sorbello
Newsrooms of the world unite! Finding a global solution to misinformation
10:45 - 11:45  saturday 14 april 2018
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
The evolving ethics of social newsgathering

IJF 2017

Fergus Bell will speak at the following events:

14:00 - 15:00  friday 7 april 2017
Hotel Sangallo
Electionland: the biggest social newsgathering project ever
16:15 - 17:15  saturday 8 april 2017
Hotel Brufani - Sala Priori
Designing a newsroom for digital newsgathering success

IJF 2016

Fergus Bell will speak at the following events:

18:00 - 19:30  thursday 7 april 2016
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
Fostering innovation
17:00 - 18:00  friday 8 april 2016
Hotel Brufani - Sala Priori
Developing your social discovery skills for more effective newsgathering
14:00 - 15:30  saturday 9 april 2016
Sala del Dottorato
What does it mean to protect an eyewitness in the social media age?

IJF 2015

Fergus Bell will speak at the following events:

11:00 - 12:00  thursday 16 april 2015
Hotel Brufani - Sala Priori
Social media verification tools
16:30 - 18:00  friday 17 april 2015
Palazzo Sorbello
User-generated content: can you be ethical and remain competitive?

IJF 2014

Fergus Bell will speak at the following events:

11:30 - 13:00  thursday 1 may 2014
Centro Servizi G. Alessi
Amateur footage: the increasing reliance on user generated content in news output
10:30 - 12:00  friday 2 may 2014
Hotel Brufani - Sala Raffaello
Social newsgathering: charting an ethical course


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