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Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.

Her personal blog is Chocolate and Vodka, and yes, she’s married to Kevin.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.

From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for BBCNews.com.

And, yes, he’s married to Suw.

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Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Under new ownership…

Posted by Kevin Anderson

Guardian UnlimitedThis is probably the worst kept secret, which is why I’m a journalist and not a member of the intelligence services, but I can finally announce that I’m under new ownership. After almost eight years with the BBC, I’m joining the Guardian as their Head of Blogging and Interaction.

During my eight years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some great people on some great projects. The correspondents, videographers, radio producers and business managers at the Washington bureau, which I called home for six years, are the best in the business. I can’t thank them enough for their support. And Andrew Roy and Martin Turner, the two bureau chiefs I worked for, were instrumental in the success of the BBC News website’s Washington operations. John Angeli, Nic Newman, Cathy Grieve and Steve Herrmann at the News website gave me the support and the freedom to innovate.

Nic’s idea for our first US Election road trip put our audience in the driver’s seat. The US Election Challenge in 2000 pushed the edges of technology and the limits of endurance as Tom Carver and I raced across the US. More than 6,500 miles in six days.

Before Strange Attractor, I used to joke that “I’m not a blogger, but I play one on TV”. It was an accident of professional prodding really, but I was excited when Steve suggested that I blog during the political conventions in 2004. But it was such a success that Richard Greene and I reprised the 2000 road trip and I blogged across America. As I will be the first to admit, technically, it wasn’t much of a blog. No RSS. No trackbacks. The comments were put on the bottom of one of our standard web pages. But I tried to behave like a blogger.

I’ve been an online journalist for 10 years now. The reason why I am an online journalist is because every morning I get to wake up, go to work and create a new medium. And there is a lot more work to do. Here’s just a taster of what my new job is about:

[To act as] a role model for the new, participative form of journalism emerging from the best blogs. The role won’t just be about encouraging more journalists and commentators to blog. It should also be about experimenting with different forms of community interaction, spotting opportunities to launch new blogs and develop existing ones, and helping us form a strategy.

Watch this space. Now it gets interesting.

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27 Responses to “Under new ownership…”

  1. Steve Says:

    Congrats, Kevin!

  2. Ben Metcalfe Says:

    Hey congrats.

    This is the start of a new chapter (or is that RSS feed?), with many exciting opportunities ahead of you.

    Best of luck old pal,

    Ben

  3. Tom Says:

    Congratulations, I’m sure you will really enjoy the new challege.

  4. Ian Forrester Says:

    Congratulations! I’m so glad you found your way to somewhere even better and under your own steam. Plus of course you can stay in the UK which means I’ll still be expecting to see you at geekdinners ;)
    Take care and enjoy the new challenges…

  5. Kevin Anderson Says:

    Steve, Tom and Ben,

    Thanks everyone. Yes. It is going to be a challenge. Yeah, just a few more blogs in the old RSS feed. Ben Hammersley said something like 25 blogs and counting, and I’m sure he’s not talking about all of the individual blogs at Comment is Free. Phew.

    But, what really is exciting is the experimental, innovation focus of this role. I hope to do a fair amount of ‘leading by doing’. Not telling people: “Head that way. That’s where the future lies”. But just heading off towards the future and inviting people to come along. But I also realise that a lot of bloggers out there are ahead of me, so I’ll do a fair amount of taking the lead from the grassroots innovators. It’s going to be fun.

    k

  6. ipanema Says:

    Congratulations Kevin!

  7. Anbika Giri Says:

    Hey, Congratulation! Wish you all the best for your new job!!!

  8. Suw Says:

    Let me be the, ahem, seventh to congratulate you Kevin! I’m really proud of you.

  9. Santosh Says:

    Congrats, Kevin. It is indeed fantastic news.

  10. Tom Coates Says:

    Dude! Well done! You so owe me dinner.

  11. Kevin Anderson Says:

    Yes Tom, Suw and I so owe you dinner. Thanks for the tip. ;)

  12. Tom Hodgkinson Says:

    Wow, Kevin, this is exciting news. You’re totally the right guy for the job and you’ve got a helluva cool title to boot!

    All the very best of luck; I’m delighted for ya :-)

  13. Steve Bridger Says:

    You seem a nice guy, nice job title to go with it :)

  14. Vincent Says:

    Congratulations on the new job, Kevin. Though commiserations on Suw only managing to be the seventh person to post up her congratulations. I hope you’ll be taking her to task for her tardiness.

  15. Melissa Says:

    Congratulations - sorry the US won’t be getting you back anytime soon, but we’re watching from “across the pond”!

  16. Suw Says:

    To be fair, Vince, I did congratulate Kevin in person as soon as he walked in the door. And then a multiplicity of times thereafter, so I wasn’t completely tardy in my appreciation of his success, I was just a bit slow commenting on the blog.

  17. Dan Hill Says:

    Congratulations Kevin - all the best!

  18. Anonymous Says:

    From a stint in Peoria to this? Man, you’re making me look bad! ;-)

  19. The UK Daily Pundit Says:

    This is great news, Kevin. I look forward to a rich mixture of left wing interaction……..and left wing interaction…….and more left wing interaction.

  20. Robert Andrews Says:

    Well done, Kevin!

  21. Abdelilah Boukili Says:

    Hi Kevin,
    Congratulation on your new task. You have marked BBC blog. It was your interaction with the contributors to the BBC blog that encouraged me to be one of the frequent contributors. I am not a journalist like you equipped with means to get information. All I can do is give my comments which can be good or bad.
    In case, you leave BBC blog I will be “following” you in the Guardian blog. But as I have told you in one of my e-mails, I will remain committed to BBC blog.
    Once again congratulation on the new job.

  22. Richard S Says:

    Congratulations Kevin. The BBC’s loss and the Guardian’s gain is considerable. I’m very sorry to see you go as a colleague, but delighted for you that you’ve landed such an interesting role (and can now stay in UK - and buy me a drink with your new salary!)

  23. bbm Says:

    Congratulations Kevin, I hope you enjoy your new position at the Guardian.

  24. Robin Says:

    Kevin, that’s so rad! Great berth to do some great work. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  25. Vin Crosbie Says:

    Congratulations, Kevin!

  26. Paul Coletti Says:

    Congratulations Dude. Keep rockin’ the ’sphere…

  27. Tuija Says:

    Congrats, Kevin. Loss for the BBC for the time being, but a win for journalism’s future in general. See you around, man.