Becky Gardiner

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer, co-convenor of the MA in Journalism
Email b.gardiner (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7610
Twitter @becky_gardiner

Becky Gardiner has been a journalist since 1990, working mainly as an editor in both print and digital media.

She has held several senior editorial posts, most recently Comment editor at the Guardian (2010-14). During her 16 years at the Guardian, she held a number of other posts including deputy editor of G2, Education editor, Women’s editor, launch editor of the Family section and editor of the award-winning Comment is free website.

Before joining the Guardian she was Editor of the Big Issue, and deputy editor of the Independent on Sunday’s Real Life section. She has also written features for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, and was a chief sub-editor on the Arts desk of the Independent for several years.  

She is the editor of The Bedside Guardian 2014.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Gardiner, Becky, ed. 2016. New Challenges to Freedom of Expression: Countering Online Abuse of Female Journalists. OSCE.

Gardiner, Becky, ed. 2014. Bedside Guardian 2014. Guardian books.


Gardiner, Becky. 2018. “It’s a terrible way to go to work:” what 70 million readers’ comments on the Guardian revealed about hostility to women and minorities online. Feminist Media Studies, 18(4), pp. 592-608. ISSN 1468-0777

Gardiner, Becky; Mansfield, Mahana; Anderson, Ian; Ulmanu, Monica; Louter, Daan and Holder, Josh. 2016. The dark side of Guardian comments. The Guardian (print and online),

Gardiner, Becky. 2015. The Kindness of Strangers. The Guardian,

Gardiner, Becky. 2015. Top of the list of student demands: not lower fees, but more counselling. The Guardian,

Gardiner, Becky. 2012. A life in writing: Selma James. Guardian,

Conference or Workshop Item

Gardiner, Becky. 2019. 'World Press Freedom Day Conference 2019'. In: World Press Freedom Day. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1 May 2019.

Gardiner, Becky. 2016. 'Mirrors or Movers IV'. In: Mirrors and Movers IV: Keynote panel discussion (How do we get the internet we want?). London, United Kingdom.

Gardiner, Becky; Ferrier, Michelle and Chemaly, Soraya. 2016. 'NewsImpact Summit'. In: Trolls, Corruption, Falsehood: Reporting 'Truth' in the Digital Age. LSE, United Kingdom.

Gardiner, Becky. 2015. 'Digital Threats Targeting Female Journalists'. In: Digital Threats Targeting Female Journalists (OSCE Expert Meeting, Vienna). OSCE, Vienna, Austria.


Gardiner, Becky. 2016. The Web We Want (for the Guardian).