Who We Are

Journalists, funders, lawyers, academics and media experts working together to research, analyse, and advance public understanding of public benefit journalism.


  • George Brock – Chair, CJP; Former Professor of Journalism at City, University of London; Trustee and director, Bureau of Investigative Journalism 2010-20. Previously: The Observer and The Times. [See George’s posts here.]
  • Kitty von Bertele – Associate at Luminate, specialising in independent media, data and digital rights. Previously: Open Government Partnership, Cabinet Office and Department for International Development.
  • Emma Meese – Director of Community Journalism, School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Cardiff University.
  • Dr Martin Moore – Senior Lecturer in Political Communication Education & Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power.
  • Rachel Oldroyd – Managing Editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Previously: editor of investigative section, Mail on Sunday.

Advisory Committee

  • Professor Steven Barnett – Professor of Communications, Westminster University. Previously: specialist adviser to House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee.
  • Julian Blake – Partner, Stone King, advising charities and social enterprise.
  • Tom Murdoch – Partner, Stone King, advising charities. Previously at publisher Reed Elsevier.
  • Sameer Padania – Director, Macroscope, advising on media philanthropy, innovation in journalism. Advisor to the Nesta Future News Pilot Fund; Consultant, Journalism Funders Forum.
  • Will Perrin – Founder of Talk About Local and campaigner for statutory duty of care for social media. Previously: Cabinet Office, DCMS.
  • Lawrie Simanowitz – Partner, Bates Wells & Braithwaite, advising charities and not-for-profits. Previously: documentary producer (BBC and C4), parliamentary researcher.
  • Ben Stewart – Director, David and Elaine Potter Foundation. Previously: Wellcome Trust.
  • Dr Judith Townend – Senior Lecturer in Media and Information Law, University of Sussex. Convenor, Network for Public Interest Journalism. Previously: Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

Administrator: Eliz Mizon, freelance culture writer and media lecturer.


The CJP’s work has kindly been supported by Luminate and the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.

If you would like to discuss supporting the Project’s work, please get in touch with us at info@publicbenefit.news.