Laurence Ivil



Laurence is a freelance multimedia journalist, producer and engagement consultant based in Berlin.

He has worked on a wide variety of stories and media projects including; managing a team of over 30 journalists covering the Nigerian national elections; the creation of “Dementia Diaries” – a national series of audio diaries documenting the day-to-day lives of people living with dementia; and award-winning coverage of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Laurence specialises in engagement practices that incorporate SMS, WhatsApp and more traditional communications methods to create more inclusive and ethical media environments.

Laurence’s stories and contributions have featured online (the Guardian, Le Parisien, the Mirror) in print (New Internationalist), on the radio (CBC, BBC World Service) and on television (BBC World News TV & Channel 4 News).

Laurence holds an MA in Global Digital Cultures and International Development from the SOAS, University of London.

Funded project

Young, pregnant & punished: mothers and girls in Sierra Leone

This investigation will provide context to high maternal mortality rates and focus on the societal challenges pregnant teens face in Sierra Leone, telling the story of what they've lost, who's to blame and why it matters.