Edward Lawrence is a freelance broadcast and video journalist, news producer and cameraman currently based in London, UK, working for a range of leading national and international news broadcasters, agencies and clients including the BBC, ITN, Al Jazeera, SBS, and the Press Association.
He holds full and up to date HEFAT (Hostile Environment and First Aid Training) from 1st Option Safety, and has completed a two day BBC/ITN-accredited Public Order Training course at the Metropolitan Police Training Centre.
As a producer, he has experience working on major stories on the ground. This has recently included the Grenfell tower fire, and the Catalonia Crisis. His specialist subjects and areas of interest include refugees and global migration. He has reported on the Europe refugee crisis and has spent extensive time in Northern France for the BBC and ITN – where a piece he produced for Radio 4’s Today Programme reunited two long-lost refugee brothers from Afghanistan. He also regularly researches on longer-form projects and investigations.
As a video journalist and broadcast cameraman, he is confident and proficient on a range of broadcast cameras from small VJ kits and DSLRs to the Canon C1/300s and shoulder-mounted Sony and Panasonic models. Edward edits using Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro.
Highlights of his shooting work include Boris Johnson’s boating escapades at Chevening, and Mo Farah’s retirement from track athletics atop of the London Eye. He has worked across the UK, Ukraine, Europe, and Asia. Edward is tenacious, and has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for finding and telling new and interesting stories.
He has also worked in other areas of television, live broadcasting and on corporate and features projects.
Edward started his career whilst studying for a BA (Hons) in Television Production at Bournemouth University where he specialised in producing, camera work, and media and conflict studies. He was approached by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme after filming in Calais with refugees during Christmas of 2013. He then pitched, researched and produced films and news pieces for the programme before expanding his work to other broadcasters and programmes. He is a tenacious and self-starting journalist with a genuine passion for news and current affairs. He frequently researches and pitches new stories and features, and is grateful for the opportunities he has been given.
Out of work, he likes to run, cycle, travel, and indulge in history and culture.
He also speaks on panels, hosts lectures and attends events and debates.