David Brewer of Media Ideas and Media Helping Media. Image courtesy of WAN/IFRA Arab NetworkI am David Brewer, a journalist by training with a career that has involved journalistic and managerial experience in print, radio, television, online and social media.

I now spend the majority of my time working in international media development offering media strategy advice and journalism training.

I was lucky enough to be one of the editors invited to set up and launch BBC News Online in 1997. Soon after the site went live I became the managing editor. Two years later CNN invited me to join them to set up and launch CNN.com Europe, Middle East and Africa and CNNArabic.com. I stayed with CNN for two years before starting my own media strategy consultancy and journalism training business.

Commercial work

I was an editorial consultant for the launch of Al Jazeera English in 2006, the content consultant for the launch of itv.com, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, and a consultant for the launch and development of livestation.com which streams live news coverage.

Media development work

I have been been working in international media development since 2002, and have clients worldwide, many have become close friends. I set up and run Media Helping Media to support journalists in areas where the media is still developing.

Blogging, tweeting and socialising

I don’t blog much, but when I do I post at @helpingmedia blog.  I tweet using the same name @helpingmedia. I have set up groups for Media Helping Media on Facebook, on LinkedIn and a community for people working in international media development on Google +.

More about me – if you are not bored already – can be found at my LinkedIn profile.