About

I’m Guy Basnett, an investigative journalist producing stories for TV current affairs programmes like Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Panorama, and Channel 4 News, along with newspapers such as the Sunday Times.

I currently work in the Investigations Unit at Channel 4 News.

I’m also the co-founder of OpenWorld News an investigative news agency in London, investigating public interest stories for newspapers and television.

I’ll be using this website to post background information on stories and investigations, bits of data I’ve come across, experiments in coding, and anything else I find interesting.

If you want to get in touch with me about any potential stories or any questions at all, my details are all in the Contact section.

 

Career history

I started out in journalism in 2002 and became Chief Reporter of The Journal, in Newcastle, in 2006. I then moved to Fleet Street as an investigative reporter for the News of the World, where I later became Deputy Features Editor. While there I led investigations into corruption at the European Parliament, exposed a Cabinet Minister for ‘flipping’ his homes long before the Telegraph’s expenses scandal, and traveled out to Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

2015 – present Channel 4 News (Investigations Unit)

2012 – present OpenWorld News (Co-founder and Editor)

Current affairs documentaries include:
Channel 4 Dispatches ‘Hospital Heartbreak‘ (Producer)
BBC Panorama ‘All in a good cause‘ (Researcher)
Channel 4 Dispatches ‘How councils waste your money‘ (Assistant Producer)

2007 – 2011 News of the World (Deputy Features Editor, Investigative Reporter)

2004 – 2006 The Journal, Newcastle (Chief Reporter)

2002 – 2004 Chester Chronicle Series

 

Awards / Recognition

Shortlisted for Investigation of the Year at the British Journalism Awards 2014, for Channel 4 Dispatches ‘Hospital Heartbreak‘. I was shortlisted for Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2009, and Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010. I was named Young Reporter of the Year at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards in 2006.

 

Skills / Interests

I’ve been using Freedom of Information for a number of years to uncover a number of exclusives. For the last two years I’ve taught journalists on the Channel 4 Dispatches training scheme how to use FOI practically to reveal powerful public interest stories.

I’m interested in data journalism visualisations, and you’ll see a number on this site. Most of this is through Tableau Public, but I also use Google Fusion Tables, Datawrapper, and others.

Proficient in Excel (thanks to the incredible Mike “ExcelIsFun” Girvin), and increasingly data scraping (taking a lot from Paul Bradshaw’s ‘Scraping for journalists)

I’m currently learning to code using Treehouse, and have badges in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, along with the console, Git, and database techniques. Although, I’ve still got a way to go.

 

Do you have a story?

As an independent journalist, running an investigative news agency, I aim to spend a considerable amount of time digging into public interest investigations. If you have a story, or know a subject that should be looked at, please get in touch.

We’re working on a number of projects at any one time, but at the moment I’m especially interested in the use of Tasers in the UK, and NHS corruption.

My contact details are here.

 

Finally…

Here’s a great TEDx video featuring Lisa Williams on coding for journalists. Enjoy.