Sunny Hundal

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

My work has related to my two passions: journalism, communication and internet technology. I'm a generalist rather than a specialist, and 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.

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JOURNALISM

Deputy Opinion editor

The Independent : Feb 2022 - Sept. 2022
  • Helped manage the Opinion desk (aka Voices)
  • Daily work involved proof-reading and editing articles from columnists; commissioning new ideas based on news agenda and trending stories; writing articles based on the news agenda.
  • Liaised with different teams and reached out to new writers to find ways to grab attention for our output.
  • Journalist

    European Climate Foundation : Jan - Dec 2021 (p/t)
  • Researched & wrote on topics relating to climate change, clean energy, natural gas and carbon capture.
  • Condensed large reports on climate into compelling pieces for hard-to-reach audiences.


  • FrontPageLive : May 2019 - Mar 2020 (p/t)
  • Helped shape the design & content from launch of news startup
  • Wrote "viral" politics stories for US audiences
  • Liaised with US team to find suitable stories on multiple platforms.
  • Opinion Columnist

  • Columnist, Independent
  • Columnist, The Guardian
  • Columnist, Hindustan Times
  • Contributed to: The Times, The FT, New Statesman, Quartz.com, the i, The Metro, Newsweek, Al Jazeera and CNN.com.
  • TV Presenter and Writer

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



  • 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
  • Co-authored the UK government's first public report on British Sikhs in recent decades
  • Co-designed, researched and authored report with academic Prof. Jagbir Jhutti-Johal
  • Informs Home Office policy
  • 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
  • TECHNOLOGY

    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



    CONTACT ME

    Email: s.hundal@gmail.com   /   Twitter: @sunny_hundal