Liza Ramrayka is a highly-experienced journalist, with a 20+ year track record of covering social justice stories for international and national media.
A pioneer of solutions journalism with a focus on diversity and equality, Liza is a freelance feature writer, columnist and commissioning editor for The Guardian (UK/US) and a regular contributor to News Deeply (on refugees, women and children’s issues) and to Open Migration. Her work has also appeared in HuffPost.
Much of Liza’s writing explores the issue of – and solutions to – social exclusion, from asylum seekers to homelessness and disability. She is a long-standing contributor and commissioning editor for The Guardian‘s groundbreaking Society section. She was recruited by The Times as charities editor for the launch of its Public Agenda section.
In May 2016, Liza contributed to the launch of News Deeply’s Women & Girls Hub, an independent news and information platform covering the issues that impact female populations in the developing world.
In November 2015, Liza was part of The 19 Million Project – a team of international journalists, designers, digital strategists, coders and humanitarians invited to Rome, Italy to deepen their understanding of the refugee crisis and develop innovative ways of storytelling. She is currently working with refugees, NGOs, government agencies and others to refocus reporting on migration issues.
Liza launched the Weblines column for The Guardian‘s Women page and was an early chronicler of new media’s role in charity and arts fundraising, through regular contributions to The Guardian‘s Society and Technology sections, and to trade titles including Third Sector and New Media Age.
Liza has been editor of national magazines published by UK NGOs, including National Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Business Disability Forum and Charities Aid Foundation. She has experience of launching and relaunching publications, as well as planning advertising-led supplements and commissioning content.
She is the author of the Guardian Books/Institute of Fundraising publication, Working in Fundraising – the first comprehensive guide to training and careers in UK not-for-profit fundraising. Other publications include The Good Trustee Guide (NCVO) and Service User Involvement (Clinks/Revolving Doors Agency).
Liza has also written on social justice issues for the consumer press, including The Big Issue and Grazia UK. She cut her writing teeth in financial and marketing journalism before moving into local government reporting and then specializing in the nonprofit sector and social affairs.
An experienced editorial consultant, Liza has managed multi-media projects for a range of voluntary and public sector clients including Age UK, the Independent Television Commission (Ofcom), Museums Association, Revolving Doors Agency, and the STARS Foundation.
Liza is an excellent communicator, with experience of teaching, mentoring and conference chairing. She has delivered media skills training and web content strategy for several nonprofits, and is a recent guest speaker at San Francisco State University’s Department of Journalism.
Born and trained in the UK, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.
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