Alessandro Sorrentino (Born in 1995) grew up in Northampton (UK) for the first 18 years of his life until he moved to Birmingham (UK, not America) to study journalism at Birmingham City University.
In his first year he was unsure what he wanted to do. What he wanted to do often ended up involving Netflix and reasonably priced red-wine, or Rose, if it was a special occasion. It was not till his second year (2014) where he discovered his love for online journalism, specifically data and investigation journalism.
Known to the journalism world as a journalist with a deep and passionate love for data journalism and to public bodies (Such as Birmingham City Council) as the annoying journalist who keeps sending FOI requests on a daily basis, he’s built up a reputation for creating original, though provoking and socially aware articles.
He’s also won a number of awards which his mother makes him place on the mantle piece at home.
- Northamptonshire Secondary school student of the year 2012/2013.
- Extra Mile Awards 2013/2014 – BCU Finalist (Undergraduate of the year award).
- Extra Mile Awards 2014/2015 – BCU Runner-up (Team of the year).
- Midlands Student Media Awards finalist 2015 (Entertainment website of the year) .
I’ve also worked with sites that have been nominated for awards:
- Guardian Media Awards 2015 – (Website of the year) – Birmingham Eastside (Data Editor)
- Midlands Student Media Awards 2015 – (Entertainment site of the year) – Nerd Pad (Founder)