Kevin brings extensive newsroom experience with the BBC, The Guardian and Gannett, including more than five years in management and leadership roles. He currently is the founder and principal of Ship’s Wheel Media, a full-service media and communications consultancy, providing training, consulting and content services for clients around the world. He is always open to new clients as well as new full-time positions that fit his deep experience in international digital media.
Ship’s Wheel clients have included Trinity-Mirror, WAN-IFRA, YLE in Finland, and the Eurovision Academy, the training division of the European Broadcasting Union. He also advises digital media start-ups and provides them with product and business development services.
For Trinity-Mirror, he has been working on a comprehensive audience development and engagement project to help grow audience reach and loyalty at their regional newspaper titles. For WAN-IFRA, he has done group training for journalists across India and southeast Asia in data journalism and long-form multi-platform storytelling. He has also done on-site training for Singapore Press Holdings, Media Prima in Malaysia and Kompas Gramedia in Indonesia.
Before joining Gannett, he held a number of pioneering positions with news organizations. In 1998, he became the BBC’s first online journalist based outside of the UK, covering the US for its award winning news website. In 2005, he was posted to London to develop a blogging strategy for BBC News and then serve on a corporate-wide blog and podcast steering committee. While in London, he helped launch a program on BBC 5Live covering covering weblogs and podcasts and was on the team that launched the interactive radio program World Have Your Say on the BBC World Service.
From 2006 to 2010, he worked at The Guardian as its first blogs editor and then as its digital research editor. While blogs editor, he launched a culture blogs network, a successful food blog and an environmental blog network that incorporated both Guardian and independent content. As digital research editor, he was responsible for monitoring key developments in digital media and evaluating their value to Guardian journalists and audiences.
From June 2012 through July 2013, Kevin was a member of the management team of the Media Development Investment Fund and editor of the Fund’s Knowledge Bridge site and newsletter. The Media Development Investment Fund invests in independent news organizations in emerging democracies, and the Knowledge Bridge project is designed to help these news organisations shift their editorial and business models to digital media.
From 2010 until he joined MDIF in 2012, he worked as the senior strategist for a consultancy that he ran with his wife, Suw Charman-Anderson who is a British social media pioneer. In addition to consulting, he provided social media, data and digital journalism training for news organizations including Al Jazeera, Reed Business Information, Czech TV and CNN International.
He has experience in:
• Consulting for digital editorial product development, data journalism strategy and social media strategy.
• Consulting on WordPress projects for media companies and PR agencies.
• Training covering social media, data journalism, introductory data visualisation and general digital journalism skills.
• Freelance journalism, specialising in technology, the business of media and US politics and foreign policy.
• Speaking on topics including social media, journalism and semantic technologies, the business of media, location-based technologies and the future of journalism.