Liza Ramrayka is a freelance journalist with over 20 years of experience writing and commissioning social justice stories for print and online media.
A pioneer of solutions journalism which uncovers effective responses to social problems, Liza is a freelance feature writer, columnist and commissioning editor for The Guardian (UK/US), News Deeply, Open Migration and HuffPost.
Much of Liza’s writing explores aspects of — and solutions to — social exclusion, and aims to amplify the voices of marginalized communities such as refugees, asylum seekers and minority ethnic groups. She is a long-standing contributor and commissioning editor for The Guardian‘s groundbreaking Society section which pioneered solutions journalism in the UK. She was recruited by The Times of London 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 platform covering the issues that impact female populations in the developing world. She has also been a core contributor to News Deeply‘s Refugees site, which covers the global refugee crisis.
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 develop innovative ways of storytelling to deepen public understanding of the refugee crisis. She is currently working with refugee groups, NGOs, government agencies and others to refocus reporting on migration issues.
In 2000, 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 content strategy.
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 nonprofit 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 taking up a local government beat and then specializing in the nonprofit and social justice sectors.
An experienced editorial consultant, Liza has managed multi-media projects for a range of non-profit and public sector clients including Age UK, the Independent Television Commission (Ofcom), Museums Association, Nature4Climate, 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, is a recent guest speaker at San Francisco State University’s Department of Journalism and currently is a mentor on the Solutions Journalism Network‘s Mentorship Program.
Born and educated in the UK, Liza is a recent transplant from London to San Francisco where she now lives with her husband and two children.
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