Hazel Sheffield


Hazel Sheffield is a British multimedia journalist. Her work can be found at the Guardian, the Times, the Financial Times, Wired, the AtlanticInstitutional Investor, The Economist, Vice, the BBC and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Hazel was the Fulbright Alistair Cooke scholar at Columbia Journalism School in New York, 2011-12, where she made a documentary about a record store that was bought by the BBC.

She was the business editor of the Independent until summer 2016, when she left to found farnearer.org. This grant-funded project documents self-organising communities and economic alternatives. In 2019, Far Nearer was highly commended in the Georgina Henry Award for Innovation at the Society Of Editors’ Press Awards. In 2021, Hazel returned to these communities for her newsletter series Revisiting Britain.

In winter 2018, Hazel was an IJP fellow on the politics desk of the Sächsische Zeitung in Dresden, Germany, covering migration and the rise of the far right. In 2019, Hazel worked with Huffington Post and the Bureau Local on an investigation into the thousands of parks, libraries, community centres and other spaces sold by councils. Sold From Under You included an interactive map. It was shortlisted at the 2019 Data Journalism Awards.

In 2020, Hazel co-ordinated a cross-border team investigating the impact of Europe’s renewable energy subsidies on Eastern Europe’s forests, with funding from IJ4EU. Money to Burn was published across 10 newsrooms including the Guardian, Die Zeit Online and Publico. It has been shortlisted for the 2021 European Press Prize in the innovation category.

Hazel regularly runs writing workshops and speaks at events, including Hacks Hackers London, Arena’s DataHarvest festival and IJ4EU’s Uncovered conference.