Hi, my name is Marianne Bouchart. I am the founder and director of Hei-Da, a not-for-profit organisation based in London, UK, that specialises in open data driven projects and innovative storytelling. I also created the Data Journalism Blog back in 2011 and used to work as the Web Producer EMEA, then Graphics and Data Journalism Editor for Bloomberg News.
I am passionate about innovative storytelling and love sharing my knowledge through teaching.
This site is an interactive version of my C.V. which showcases my skills and gives you a little bit more information about my professional experience as well as other projects I've been involved in.
Feel free to scroll through, click and share. Thanks for your visit and feel free to get in touch.


Core Skills

All-rounder news editor and web producer with a great interest and experience in digital news, innovative storytelling and data journalism.

I am used to work to tight deadlines in fast-paced environments, and to take initiatives. I consider myself as a creative and proactive person with great attention to details. I have the experience of developing big online projects and building online communities globally.


  • Proficient with all major web editorial tools and Content Management Systems
  • Excellent social media skills (publishing and monitoring)


  • Compelling  digital editorial design and innovative storytelling
  • Great editorial project coordinator
  • Knowledge of the industry and its key players
  • Compelling writing and editing skills


  • Problem Solver. Trouble Shooter.
  • Great ability to work under pressure and to take initiatives
  • Excellent organizational skills


  • Passionate and dedicated
  • Can do attitude
  • Constantly learning


  • Passionate about innovative story telling and data journalism
  • Tenacious data research skills
  • A great editorial flair for graphic design and data visualizations
  • Ability to use diverse spreadsheet softwares such as Excel, Tables or Google Spreadsheet.
  • Decent data scraping competence
  • Self-taught programming skills in HTML, FTP, CSS, Javascript and an understanding of HTML5


  • Ability to work fluently in English and French. Also have basic command of German
  • Contacts worldwide



Founder and Director

After 3 years at Bloomberg, I decided to create a data journalism startup called Hei-DaHei-Da is a not-for-profit organisation fostering the future of data journalism, innovative storytelling and open data.

We help organisations tell data driven stories on the web in innovative ways, using expertise from the news industry and elsewhere. Our mission is to nurture the future of data journalism, open data and innovative storytelling by building a research center and innovation hub which provides support and inspiration to big organisations as well as startups.
We put particular emphasis on projects of public interest which could achieve social, environmental and economic impact. [Read more

The following tabs list all my previous work experience.

2012 – 2015

Web Producer EMEA, Data Journalism and Graphics Editor

Over three years at Bloomberg News, I was coordinating closely with the US-based editorial and production teams and was in charge of the web production in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Bloomberg.com and Businessweek.com (which merged into BloombergBusiness.com in January 2015). Along the way I also fulfilled the role of data journalism and graphics editor.

My job entailed daily production tasks for the EMEA region using WordPress and in-house content management systems, trouble shooting, editing and producing newsletters, curating homepages and specific channels on the sites, creating and updating graphics as well as projects coordination. I was also the point person for stories related to Wikileaks as well as broader data journalism projects across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

2011 – present
Founder and Editor, Team Leader, Web Producer, Community Manager
• Set up an online platform that works as a blog, news aggregator and online community (comments, forums and groups) about data journalism.
• Content producer: videos, podcasts, articles, visualisations. Community manager (forums, groups, comments, social media).

2010 – 2012

Freelance web designer and producer (specialised in journalism)

• Created websites and blogs using HTML and Wordpress.org
• Linked website to different SNS accounts
• Taught clients how to use the platforms and add content to their website
• Created, edited and produced web content for clients

2010 – 2012

Freelance Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition teacher

• Gave one-to-one and group classes for video and audio editing softwares

• Helped clients on editing projects and reach top professional standards


Freelance video journalist and producer

• Created web video reports for clients such as the European Journalism Center and DataDrivenJournalism.net

2009 – 2011

Freelance Digital Marketing Manager

• Developed and implemented entire digital marketing campaigns

• Developed the clients’ online presence via blogs, websites and SNS

• Managed newsletters, seeding campaigns and online public relations

• Clients included: Dulux paint with the “Let’s Colour” campaign where I was Marketing Manager for the French territory between March and May 2010, American artist Blake Worrell from the Puppetmastaz between 2009 and 2010, Faculty Music (part of Universal UK) in 2009.


Location Manager, Game tester at Testronic Labs, Pinewood studios, Uxbridge, UK

• Was in charge of checking the French translation and good functionality of video games on different platforms (including iPad)

JUNE 2010

Editor, Team Leader for Multimedia coverage of the Journalism’s Next Top Model Conference at the University of Westminster, London, UK.

• Managed a team of journalists to cover the event and interview guest speakers (involving Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former director general of the BBC Mark Thompson as well as other important players in the media industry)

• Supervised the online coverage of the event via blogs, Twitter, Youtube, iChat, Live Stream, websites, forums



• Social media marketing

• Seeding

• Email marketing

• Press releases

MARCH – MAY 2009

Editor, Team Leader, Coordinating Multimedia Coverage

• Managed a team of journalists to cover the event (involving BBC General Director Mark Thompson, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, former Editor of the Sun Kelvin McKenzie, The Guardian’s Nick Davies, etc.)

• Supervised the online marketing of the events via blogs, Twitter, Youtube, iChat, Skype, websites, forums.

MARCH – MAY 2009

Web Editor, Social Media Manager, Blogging and Web Production for the Soundpad Project (Directed by John Leckie and Keith Harris) at the University of Westminster, London, UK.

• Managed a team of journalists to interview the bands and producers Keith Harris and John Leckie

• Created a WordPress blog, a Twitter account and took part in the digital marketing campaign for 5 independent rock bands

2002 – 2006

Editor-in-chief (sometimes founder) of student newspapers (through high school and first two years of higher education), France

• Created the first student magazines/newspapers of my schools

• Wrote editor’s letters and articles

• Supervised the production (from the writing to the printing process) and managed a team of student journalists





Guest Lecturer/Speaker Experience

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TechFugees Conference

OCT 1-2 2015

Speaker at the Techfugees Conference and Hackathon in London which gathered experts from the media and tech industry to build solutions to the refugee crisis.  I talked at the conference about Hei-Da’s initiative, how data journalism has been used to cover the refugee crisis, what challenges news organisations face to get data on the crisis and what technology solutions there could be to facilitate data gathering, publishing and storytelling on the ground.

University of Westminster

FEB 2013 – til date

Gave both keynote lectures and practical workshops to students from the BA Honours in Journalism at the University of Westminster in London, UK.

LSE Polis Journalism Conference

5 APR 2013

Panel member and guest speaker at the LSE Polis Journalism Conference session on Trust In Digital in London, UK, alongside James Ball (Guardian), Esra Dogramaci (ex-Al Jazeera), Nicola Hughes (Guardian, Knight Mozilla).

O'Reilly Strata Conference


Became a jury member for the 2013 O’Reilly Strata Conference, reviewing keynote proposals.

Hacks/Hackers London


Became member of the Hacks/Hackers London committee and organized a few meetups including the January 2013 event where I gave a keynote presentation on How big data is changing financial journalism at Bloomberg News head quarters in London, UK.

O'Reilly Strata Conference

2 OCT 2012

Gave a keynote presentation at the O’Reilly Strata Conference – Making Data Work in London, UK entitled Financial Data and Journalism – How Bloomberg Makes Data Work.

ESJ Pro Paris

18 – 20 JUNE 2012

Gave a three-day data journalism training including theory and practical workshops on spreadsheets, data mining and data visualizations  at the ESJ Pro Paris in Paris, France. Attendees were professionals from major French media organizations.

City University

23 FEB 2012

Gave a keynote lecture on data journalism to MA students in International Journalism at City University, London, UK.

ESJ Lille

1 DEC 2011

Gave a keynote lecture on data journalism to students in Journalism at the École Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille in Lille, France.


  • 2001-2004

    French Baccalaureate obtained with distinctions at Lycee Notre Dame des Dunes, Dunkerque (France)
  • 2002 - 2004

    Student at the FRAC (Regional Fund of Contemporary Arts) Fine Arts School of Dunkerque. Keen interest in computer graphics and publishing with InDesign
  • 2004 - 2006

    Classe preparatoire “hypokhagne” and “khagne” in French Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography, English and English Literature, at CPGE Notre Dame de la Paix, Lille (France)
  • 2006 - 2007

    BA in English and American Studies (including Marketing), obtained with Upper Second Class Honours, Lille Catholic University, Lille (France)
  • 2007 - 2010

    BA Hons in Media at the University of Westminster, London, obtained with First Class Honours. (includes practical Journalism, PR, business and online journalism)
  • FEB 2009

    Masterclass in Investigative Journalism at City University (London) by The Guardian’s Nick Davies and David Leigh.
  • MAY 2011

    HEFAC - Hostile Environment Training and First Aid Course for Media and NGOs at Blue Dot
  • 2010 - 2011

    MA International Journalism at City University (London) with distinctions in Online Journalism, Practical TV and Radio journalism, International News and European affairs.

Computing/Editing Skills



Bloomberg Terminal for Media and Journalists


Other Bloomberg Terminal Skills


Programming in HTML, FTP and CSS


Dreamweaver CS4 and above


Adobe Photoshop CS4 and above


Word/Pages, Excel/Tables, Power Point/Keynote


Final Cut Pro 6 and above, Adobe Audition


Adobe InDesign CS4 and above


Adobe Illustrator CS5 and above


Programming in HTML5 and Javascript (data visualizations)









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