Fergus Bell

Journalist and Editor, Dig Deeper Media

Dig Deeper Media

Journalist and Editor



Fergus Bell is an experienced journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He is also a prominent advocate for higher industry standards relating to the ethical uses of UGC and social media. In 2013 Fergus co-founded a committee for the Online News Association bringing together news leaders from across the industry to explore ethical issues related to social media and UGC. In 2016 the ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code was launched, with support from CNN, AFP, BBC, The Guardian and others.

Fergus has worked across both the business and editorial sides of the industry. He was the Associated Press’ first global social media and UGC editor and has played a major role in setting the current industry standards on verification. He has also led newsroom partnerships and innovation for SAM desk, a social newsgathering tool for newsrooms.

Fergus founded Dig Deeper Media in 2015 and advises broadcasters and publishers across Europe on social and digital newsgathering and newsroom innovation. He also advises a number of news-focused start-ups.

Fergus is a founding member of the Google News Lab supported First Draft News Coalition and is a graduate of the University of Leeds.

14 October 2016

Digital Journalism Practice: Social Media, Data and Best Way to Tell Stories

26 September 2016

Personalisation, Immersive Experience & Digital Transformation of News

12 May 2016

Trolls, Corruption, Falsehood: Reporting 'Truth' in the Digital Age

31 March 2015

Verification, Investigation, and Digital Ethics

30 April 2015

The Future of User Engagement for News

3 September 2015

The Value of Digital Innovation & Quality Journalism

24 November 2015

Hard Journalism: Reporting Crisis, Staying Secure & Tackling Data

8 December 2015

The Future of Digital Journalism: Social Media, Data and Video Stories

5 June 2015

The Social Impact of Digital Storytelling

30 May 2016

The Future of Digital Journalism