This is a blog of an aspiring data-driven storyteller and digital community manager in London.

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Contact me any time at krystSinashveda at gmail dot com. Or tweet me at @KrystinaShveda

I am a fresh graduate of the notoriously stressful but very effective City University London MA in Interactive Journalism. Now I can write a long read in three days. And find stories in many dull rows of data. And come up with hybrid data analysis strategies that are easy enough to be implemented by a non-programmer but complex enough not “to lie with statistics”.

If the above mentioned doesn’t work, I have a wide network of friends in journalism and development across Europe (see an example).

My favourite beat is…

Eastern European affairs. I love telling stories of Belarusian and Ukrainian natives that will make you cry. Like this one.

Human rights activism (like this), media (like this), social issues (like this) are the other topics that I enjoy covering as a journalist.

My specialisation is…

online journalism, with all the inevitable consequneces.

I adore everything geeky, from statistical data analysis to scraping with Python to creating interactive visualisations to curating UGC.

I’ve worked in…

IT industry for 3.5 years, and this was where I fell in love with the nerd culture. At EPAM, I was doing anything from blogging to multimedia production to community management.

In London, I interned with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the MediaBriefing.

Originally I am…

half Belarusian half Ukrainian. I used to live in Minsk but I am currently based in London.

Back home…

I was involved in organising Hacks/Hackers Minsk community.


Check my full CV here


This blog was created to accumulate my experiences, publications, creative experiments and ideas.

I’ll be happy to hear from you!