The authors

John Thompson – publisher/owner

John Thompson - editor/publisherTel: +44 (0)1273 384293
Email: john at
Twitter: @johncthompson
Delicious: johnthompson

John Thompson began his journalism career on a local newspaper and spent more years than he cares to admit freelancing mostly as a layout/sub-editor on business and professional publications.

He launched in early 1999 and his online publishing and news photography business Mousetrap Media Ltd was fully incorporated in May 2000.

Laura Oliver – editor

Laura Oliver - news reporterTel: +44 (0)1273 384290
laura at
Twitter: @lauraoliver

Laura arrived at after a year in London qualifying as a journalist.

She spent four years studying English in Edinburgh and a move to Brighton with its promise of sea fogs and deep fried food was too tempting to pass up.

Outside of all things new media, football, books and baking rank amongst her favourite things – though not all three at once – and she can rarely turn down a nice dark rum.

Judith Townend – senior reporter

Judith Townend - news reporterTel: +44 (0)1273 384290
Email: judith at
Twitter: @jtownend

Judith comes to after testing the waters of a few journalistic environments. As well as doing her fair share of work experience (aka vox pops in the rain) in various newspaper offices across the UK, she worked as a researcher at Al Jazeera English and as an occasional freelancer. Most recently she was deputy editor at an arts and entertainment magazine in Leeds.

Now she is very happy to settle in sunny (if a little bit windy) Brighton to really, truly embrace online media, rather than getting scared by what’s happening to print.

Away from work, she likes to escape the computer screen if possible and get some fresh air, read lots of books and weekend newspaper supplements, and spend time with her friends.  She often contemplates alternative careers as a florist or pastry chef before realising she probably wouldn’t have the patience or talent for either of those jobs.

She also blogs at From the Online.

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