• I am a graphics and data journalist
  • I support the work of investigative journalism teams
  • I participate in an effort of the State to become an open source software driver and stimulator
  • I worry about the evidentiary status of digital evidence and am proposing a preservation framework for international prosecution hopes

I support the work of investigative journalism teams.
Technical audits, code reviews, data collection due diligence, infrastructure and sys-admin…

I participate to an effort of the State to become a driver and stimulator of open source software
Somehow, both French and German administrations are funding some work of mine – which helps me and aims to put something out there in the commons.

I worry about the evidentiary status of digital evidence and am proposing a preservation framework for internal prosecution hopes
And I think there’s room for an easy-to-use solution handling chain of custody preservation to a high standard, based on immutable ledger ideas and functional programming discipline.

If any of this somehow makes sense, I am looking for freelance/contract work from January 2022 onwards!

Contact

  • ✉️ basile-at-basilesimon-dot-fr 🔐 PGP
  • 📞 +49 172 253 9671 (Signal/Telegram)
  • 🔗 @basilesimon on some social platforms

Past employment

My journalism career started in the UK, where I worked for large broadcasters, newspapers, and agencies.

  • Graphics editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Reuters
  • Senior interactive journalist, The Times and The Sunday Times
  • Newsroom developer, The Times and the Sunday Times
  • Coder-journalist, BBC News Labs

I also co-founded Airwars, a non-profit monitoring organisation exposing the harm done to civilians by air conflicts.


Selected projects/stories

The Digital Evidence Toolkit

Read all about it

General election 2019 results

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Global Witness' "Pipedown" map

Read all about it

The Brexit challenge of the next PM

Read all about it

Iran's commitments under threat

90% of all British crimes are unsolved

Brexit's Super Saturday

Poorer constituencies favoured Five Star


Open source work

Fortunately I was able to open-source some of the work I have done:

  • noaastorms, an R package to download, parse and clean historical storms data from the NOAA
  • twitter-tools, a Python toolkit to monitor deleted tweets, automate screenshoting, and archiving
  • d3-grid, a fork in d3v4 of the beloved d3-grid
  • The Times' dataviz catalogue, a public resource of data viz code and designs

Academic work

I had the privilege of teaching the Advanced Data and Coding module on the MA in Interactive Journalism course at City University. We ran through an introduction to programming, statistical methods, R data analysis and modelling with ggplot.

All my teaching notes are available on Github.

I have done some studying myself:

  • Master of Arts in Multimedia Journalism - Univ. of Westminster (UK)
  • Masters in Political Science and Sociology - High European Studies Institute (France)
  • BA Private Law, minor Political Science - Univ. Lyon III (France**

Talks & awards

Society for News Design, Awards of Excellence 2019

Kantar Information is Beautiful 2019, long list for:

Talks, books

  • “Working with data in the newsroom”, The Data Journalism Handbook (Amsterdam University Press, 2021)
  • “Career paths for news nerds (or lack of them)” - International Journalism Festival 2018, Perugia
  • “Airwars.org - a field report,two years on” - Hacks/Hackers London
  • “Airwars - strike by strike” - Dataharvest 2016, Brussels and Hacks/Hackers Berlin
  • “Hackers trying to stay relevant: linked data and structured journalism at the BBC” - csv,conf,v2 2016, Berlin
  • “Passion > compensation” - Sud Web 2016, France
  • “Hacking the newsroom” - International Journalism Festival 2016, Perugia
  • “BBC News Labs, Linked Data, Datastringer: the Hacks and Hackers paradigm” - Computation + Journalism Symposium 2014, New York City
  • “Algorithms in Journalism: danger or opportunity?” - Assises du Journalisme 2014, France

Hackathons

  • “Greatest Impact and Distruption” and “Best Diffusion” awards for tinyfm - Al Jazeera Canvas Media in Context, Doha, Qatar
  • Winner with Le 6 Mai 2012 and Pancarte.js - Popathon, Mozilla Paris, France
  • Participated in Tribeca Hacks Story Matter - CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Failed to do something worth mentioning at many others