Ryan Morrison.
Journalist, Vlogger and Developer.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."

-- Albert Einstein

I'm Ryan Morrison. I am a journalist, presenter, developer, designer, photographer, writer and vlogger however I see all of the above as different ways to create the same thing - compelling content.

Content comes in many forms, from an app or interactive learning experience to a brilliance piece of video. I like to work on projects on my own but also collaboratively with others to create something even more special.

If you'd like to work with me on a project just Get in Touch.

Journalism

For the past 15 years I have worked for the BBC as a journalist, specifically writing for the BBC News website. But working in a small newsroom has meant I have had to take on a wider range of roles than would otherwise be the case.

I have covered politics in Jersey and the UK, written stories read by millions of people and worked on larger, longer term projects including extensive research and fact checking.

I have covered court for radio, online and TV and produce short form video packages for the BBC News website and social media platforms

Presenting and producing

In 2004 I pitched an idea for a new music show on BBC Radio Jersey. There were a handful on local radio stations across the country and I felt Jersey could benefit from one.

I have played in bands and wanted to give new musicians of all genres a chance to have their music heard on the radio. This later evolved into part of the BBC Music Introducing family of shows.

I have appeared on BBC Radio 1 talking about the Jersey music scene, produced coverage for TV, radio and online of the Jersey Live music festival and interviewed a range of musicians from Ed Sheeran and George Ezra to Paul Weller and The Proclaimers.

Social, coding and design

While at the BBC I launched and run the social media accounts for the BBC in Jersey, working to build the audience for the platforms before they were in common media use.

Before that I worked for a Jersey based technology company called Itex where I worked on a range of projects for government departments and corporate clients including taking the lead on a new social security website and job centre kiosk - which was still in use a decade later.

At the time my focus was on design, particularly user interface design and user experience rather than development.

I first started learning to code about three years ago after my son had an idea for a game he wanted to play.

I built it for him and it has been downloaded over 1,000 times on the Apple App Store. It's called The Munchies: Avoid the Poop.

I have also built a number of other apps including a quiz game, a medication tracker, space adventure game and a journalism tool.

Vlogging

I first started uploading vlog style videos in February 2006, about a year after the launch of YouTube itself. I remember my first video was about my backpack, was filmed on tape and I was recognised by people over in the island for a film festival who saw it on YouTube.

I deleted it and have since lost all my early videos. But I've started up again and am trying to post about once per week. It's more of a cathartic excercise for me than any expectations of fame and glory but if people watch that's nice.

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