David Hickey

Journalist I Newsroom manager I Digital transformation leader

United Kingdom

David Hickey is a London-based senior journalism leader and manager with nearly 20 years of experience working in newsrooms, including at the BBC and AP.

He was most recently editor-in-chief at Newsflare, a platform that connects content creators and influencers with publishers and brands utilising AI and analytics. There, he worked across product and engineering to implement successful strategies for the curation, packaging and distribution of relevant content to clients including the New York Times, Reuters and Disney, allowing its newsroom to successfully scale.

David's work has appeared online, in print and on television. His wide range of interviewees includes prime ministers, Nobel Laureates, whistleblowers and rebel leaders. He has produced stories from the field for national television on the turmoil of the Arab Spring (Libya, Egypt), the 2013 Gezi Park riots in Istanbul, Greece's financial collapse and President Obama's first visit to Israel and Palestine. His writing has been published by USA Today, Timeout, CNNGo and Wire among other publications.


Showreels & TV journalism

Newsflare sizzle

"Life, with all its colour and craziness, sights and sounds, triumphs and tragedies, is the greatest show on earth. A spectacle that demands to be shared with audiences everywhere, through engaging captivating and enthralling user-generated video." This sizzle, put together to coincide with a brand refresh and narrated by a voice actor, pulls together video highlights from the Newsflare archive.

Blog post: 2020 - the year first-person video came of age

Some years are so eventful they become milestones in the history of the human race. 2020 was such a year. Watch this selection of exceptional Newsflare video captured in 2020, the year in which first-person video truly came of age.

TV Asahi
Wading for Western wasabi

David Hickey goes on the hunt for wasabi in deepest Hampshire, at the only farm outside of Japan to freshly grow the superhot delicacy. He discovers the painstaking process behind the notoriously difficult to grow rhizome and finds a Michelin-star chef using wasabi with traditional English beef. Broadcast on TV Asahi's early evening news show Super J Channel on May 21, 2013.

Selected feature-length print interviews

The Japan Times
Peace follows turbulent times

It took Tokyo-based author David Peace six novels before he wrote about his adopted city. Now he can't stop. The English author, who made his name with a fictionalised account of Brian Clough’s 44-day reign as Leeds United manager, “The Damned Utd,” tells David Hickey why.

Barking practice

The surreal twists in Kan Mikami's musical 'heresies' alienated him from Japan's 1970s acid-folk scene. But since the 1990s he has released a deluge of defiantly raw albums and embarked on genre-defying collaborations.

Selected print feature stories

The Japan Times
Tokyo's 'song and dance' man

He looks and plays the parts so well, that Tokyo Bob could almost be the Bard of Hibbing himself

Japan Times
'It’s a great stress reliever, I can tell you'

David Hickey endures 150bpm cyber-rave music at Tokyo's Hell's Gate, home to goth girls in Victorian nightgowns sporting phlebotomy kits and male fake-haired blondies flashing devil horns.