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Dr Aidan O'Donnell

Dr Aidan O'Donnell

Lecturer Data Journalism (Teaching and Scholarship)

School of Journalism, Media and Culture

+44 (0)29 208 76048
2.68, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I teach data journalism at Jomec to undergraduate, MA and MSc students and I'm a course co-director for the MSc in Computational and Data Journalism.

I have worked as a journalist in broadcast and online and I have reported on Africa and France for major media organisations and on freelance projects. I have been teaching numeracy in journalism for several years at undergraduate and postgraduate level and my job generally is to make data analysis a standard tool for journalists.

I have taught at Middlesex University and Université Paris 8 and have run journalism workshops at LUISS (Rome) and the IPJ (Paris).



  • 2007 - 2020 Freelance Journalist, various media
  • 2016 - 2018 News Editor, RFI, Paris
  • 2012 - 2016 Journalist & Producer, BBC, London
  • 2007 - 2012 Journalist & Output Editor. RFI, Paris


  • HEA Fellow, 2019
  • PGCert HE, Middlesex University, 2015
  • PhD, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, 2010
  • BA, BMus, University College Dublin, 1998


  • Member, IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors)
  • Member, RSS (Royal Statistical Society)
  • Board member, World Radio Paris
  • Volunteer reviewer, Author Aid




Current courses

  • Data Journalism (MSc)
  • Data Journalism (MA, BA)
  • Digital Investigation (MSc)
  • Introduction to OSINT (MA)

Course co-director

I have run workshops on data journalism for NUJ journalists in Cardiff, and overview talks for the general public for the university's summer school.


I supervise dissertations for students taking Jomec's MA degrees by research. I am interested in supervising students in the area of:

  • Data journalism
  • Data ethics
  • Algorithm oversight

Areas of expertise