Glyn Mottershead

Glyn Mottershead

Senior Lecturer

City, University of London


I’m a Senior Lecturer in Data Journalism at City, University of London.

Prior to that I was founding co-director of the MSc in Computational and Data Journalism, a joint honours course in journalism and computer science.

I’m also a co-founder of the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference. My interests include data journalism, journalism and software development, social media and production journalism.


  • Data Journalism
  • Newsroom Innovation
  • Developer Journalism


  • MSc Elearning Technologies, 2009

    University of Portsmouth

  • Certificate of Education (PCET), 2006

    University of Southampton

  • BScEcon Politics, 1993

    University College Swansea

Recent Posts

Coding for journalists - an evolving reading list

Investigative data journalist Leila Haddou joined us in #datalockdown to deliver a lecture to data and investigative journalism students from City, University of London, Birmingham City University, and De Montfort University on April 30.

Covid-19 and the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference

You’ve probably seen the news by now that we’ve had to postpone the European Data and Computational Journalism Conference due to Covid-19. I would have posted earlier, but an upgrade and site rebuild means I haven’t done much posting here for a while.

Data Police location issues

I’ve just working on a couple of tutorials using data from - the first using the csv download method and the second using an API call using the httr package.

Data Journalism in Malaga

A video of the conference


R Programming

Data Visualisation

Data Journalism

Journalism Education



Recent & Upcoming Talks

Bridging the Skills Gap: Innovation in Journalism Education

There’s a skills gap between traditional journalism education and training and the emerging requirements of the industry.

Data and Computational Journalism

Data, algorithms, chatbots and computational journalism impacting on newsrooms, are you ready?

Recoding journalism education: mind the skills gap, please!

Fake news, open data, algorithms and news room experimentation mean there’s a need to train journalists beyond the basics.

The First Commit of History: Visualising News on a Deadline

How do you deal with statistical uncertainty when you’re up against the clock?

Now we are three: A perspective on Computational and Data Journalism Education

Key findings from the process of designing a new joint-honours Master’s degree combining Computer Science and Journalism.

Recent Publications

Quickly discover relevant content by filtering publications.

When a tech company pulls the plug on your story

Every time a free tool goes freemium or a platform closes because it can’t make money, we’ve got an issue. What’s going to happen to …

Are You Talking To Me?: An Analysis of Journalism Conversation on Social Media

This preliminary research aims to show how computational analysis allows us to investigate the means by which news stories are spread.

'Can I click it? Yes you can': Football journalism, Twitter and clickbait

Does the sports media just use clickbait to generate traffic, and is this is reducing the quality of football journalism?

Are You Talking To Me?: An Analysis of Journalism Conversation on Social Media

This preliminary research aims to show how computational analysis allows us to investigate the means by which news stories are spread.

Subediting and production for journalists

Subediting and Production for Journalists is an introduction to the skills of subediting for newspapers, magazines and websites.



Senior Lecturer

City, University of London

Jun 2019 – Present London, England

Responsibilities include:

  • Data journalism
  • Module and course development
  • Teaching data journalism at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels
  • Teaching online and social journalism

Senior Lecturer

Cardiff University

Nov 2006 – May 2019 Cardiff, Wales

Responsibilities include:

  • Co-director MSc Computational and Data Journalism
  • Senior Personal Tutor
  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Member of NCTJ Public Affairs Exam board (2006-2009)
  • External examiner at a number of UK universities


Highbury College, Portsmouth

Jun 2002 – Oct 2006 Portsmouth, England

Responsibilities included:

  • Course leader for Fast-track Postgraduate and Block Release NCTJ-accredited courses
  • Industry training
  • NCE trainer - working with professional journalists to prepare them for senior exams



Oct 1997 – Feb 2002 Southampton, England

Responsibilities included:

  • Splash/production sub for daily paper
  • Chief Reporter/Deputy Editor for large weekly
  • Acting Editor for two weekly newspapers
  • Feature Journalism
  • Supplement development


Guardian Media Group

Feb 1995 – Oct 1997 Manchester and Hampshire, UK

Responsibilities included:

  • Court and crime reporting
  • Education and Health Correspondent
  • General News reporting