Fergus Bell

founder Dig Deeper Media

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.

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Events in past editions
#IJF19 / 4 april 2019

In conversation with WhatsApp

With more than 1.5 billion people around the world using WhatsApp on a monthly basis it has fast become a resource of information and news for many. As the platform grows there have been challenges bu...

#IJF15 / 16 april 2015

Social media verification tools

As news events break, newsrooms need the ability to contextualize and verify reports, photos and videos from social media channels. We’ll discuss some simple tools to help journalists verify infor...