Sunny Hundal

Hello! My website is a collection of things I've done. Feel free to poke around.

My work has related to my two passions: internet technology and journalism. Having been a programmer, a web journalist, newspaper columnist, a lecturer, blogger, author and McDonald's worker, I can at least say I have neither wanted nor had a conventional career. Still learning and trying new things. The world doesn't stop changing and neither will I.

I’m a trustee at Volteface, which advocates for drugs legislation reform in Britain, and patron at Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right.

You can download a (one-page version of) my CV / resume from here.

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Deputy Opinion editor

The Independent : Feb 2022 - Sept. 2022
  • Helping manage Opinion desk
  • Commissioned, edited and wrote articles, daily
  • Journalist

    European Climate Foundation : Jan - Dec 2021 (p/t)
  • Researched & wrote on a range of topics
  • From climate change and clean energy to deforestation, carbon capture and natural gas.

  • FrontPageLive : May 2019 - Mar 2020 (p/t)
  • Helped shape the design & content from launch
  • Wrote stories for US audiences
  • Delegated stories to colleagues
  • TV Presenter and Writer

    BBC 1 : Jan 2020
  • 'Young, Sikh and Proud'
  • Two brothers, growing up and clashing in modern Britain
  • Developed idea with production house
  • Wrote & presented 40 minute film

  • BBC 2 Daily Politics
  • Wrote & presented two monologues
  • On UK policy on Saudi Arabia and Syria
  • Co-author, UK Home Office report

    Commission for Countering Extremism
  • 'Changing Nature of UK Sikh Activism' - Oct 2019
  • Sole UK government (public) report on Sikhs
  • We designed, researched and wrote report
  • Informs Home Office policy
  • Opinion Columnist

  • Columnist, Independent
  • Columnist, The Guardian
  • Columnist, Hindustan Times
  • Contributed to: The Times, New Statesman,, the i, The Metro, The FT, Newsweek, Al Jazeera and CNN.
  • Author

    Guardian Books : 2013
    "India Dishonoured: Behind a nation’s war on its women"
  • E-book commissioned by Guardian and Amazon UK.
  • Rated 4.5* on Amazon; excerpted in The Guardian.
  • Led to Tedx invitations: Amsterdam and India.
  • Website Editor

    I have run a number of successful online publications, covering politics and culture.

    Political Scrapbook : 2016 - 2017
  • Recruited as editor for veteran political news site.
  • Grew audience by 400% by using social media
  • Ran stories that made national press

  • Barfi Culture : 2016 – 2020
  • News magazine on South Asian diaspora
  • Had a team working alongside me
  • Broke numerous big stories

  • Liberal Conspiracy : 2007 – 2013
  • Founder and editor, 150+ writers
  • UK’s most popular (independent) centre-left politics site
  • Won numerous awards, several stories hit national press

  • Asians in Media : 2003 – 2009
  • Founder & editor of industry journal
  • Reported British ethnic media
  • Built 10,000+ strong email list

    Social media editor

    openDemocracy : 2017 - 2021 (p/t)
  • Tasked with understanding and expanding audiences (search, social, email, direct)
  • Helped reshape editing (headlines etc)
  • Oversaw huge growth in social engagement
  • Created internal guidelines for social
  • Senior Visiting Lecturer

    Kingston University : 2014 - 2016 (p/t)
  • Lectured and marked work on digital journalism
  • How to use web to find stories
  • How to develop news websites
  • Startup Founder: Rippla

    2011 - 2013
  • ‘Rippla’ tracked impact of news stories on different social media sites
  • Built tools using public APIs, JSON, PHP, RSS, Javascript & MySql
  • Published data, used by Ofcom and news orgs
  • Tracked news impact for clients
  • Web Programmer

    MViva : 2001 - 2002
  • Early WAP mobile-internet venture
  • Worked with HTML, javascript, CSS and PHP

  • Cube8 : 1999 - 2001
  • Portal site for e-commerce
  • Worked with HTML, javascript, CSS and PHP
  • Tools used: Google Analytics, Data Studio, Ad Manager, Charts; Facebook Business Manager; Twitter ads; Photoshop, Wordpress, jQuery and many more


    Email:   /   Twitter: @sunny_hundal