Fergus Bell is an experienced multi-format journalist, editor and leading expert in digital newsgathering and the verification of user-generated content. He has furthered both the editorial and commercial value of UGC and social media in newsrooms, developed and implemented digital strategies for digital newsgathering, innovative storytelling and forged successful industry partnerships and collaborations.
Fergus has worked across both the business and editorial sides of the news industry. He previously headed up newsroom partnerships and innovation for digital newsgathering start-up, SAM Desk, and before that he was 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.