Louise Ridley is an award-winning journalist based in London. She is on maternity leave and will join Insider as a senior editor in April 2022.
She was formerly senior journalist at BBC Newsbeat, editing news and features for the BBC’s flagship youth news programme on Radio 1 and 1Xtra as well as digital stories on the BBC News website. Before this she was special projects editor at HuffPost UK and the first news editor for longform and special projects for BuzzFeed UK which was named Website of the Year at the 2018 Society of Editors Press Awards.
Louise has 14 years of experience across digital, print and audio journalism. She specialises in editing news, news features and longform, running editorial projects, and writing about social affairs, gender, and the media.
She was special projects editor for HuffPost Listens, the groundbreaking project which relocated HuffPost’s newsroom from London to Birmingham for a week of events and on-the-ground reporting. It was shortlisted for Editorial Innovation of the Year at the Online Media Awards 2019 and feedback included: “This is what 21st century journalism should be about’,’ and “Great innovative idea which the rest of the media industry should look to replicate.”
Work Louise edited was longlisted for the Orwell Prize and shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards in 2017. She was a finalist in the Women of the Future Awards 2017, shortlisted for Digital Journalist of the Year at the AOP Awards 2016, and named one of The Drum’s 50 Under 30 Women In Digital 2015.
She has also edited at, and written for publications including The i, The Pool, The Metro, BBC Worldwide, The Evening Standard, Prospect magazine and Campaign magazine.
She has appeared on media including BBC News, BBC World News, 5 News, TalkRADIO and LBC, and judged awards including the BAFTA TV Awards, Student Publication Awards, Women in Marketing Awards and the Charity Film Awards.
With other female journalists, she co-founded The Second Source to address sexual harassment and barriers for women in the media industry. She was invited to speak at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia 2018 about this work.