Glenda Cooper is currently a freelance feature writer and editor. She was the 2006-7 Guardian research fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, culminating in the 14th Guardian lecture entitled Anyone Here Survived a Wave, Speak English and Got a Mobile? Aid agencies, the media and reporting disasters since the tsunami. She studied English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and journalism at City University, London. She began her journalistic career as a trainee, then as a specialist and columnist on The Independent, subsequently working as a staff feature writer and editor on The Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, The Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph. She presented the Channel 4 Radio News Morning Report and also worked as a correspondent for BBC News 24 and The World at One and PM programmes on BBC Radio 4. In 2001 she was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship for The Washington Post; in September and October she spent five weeks in New York covering the September 11th attacks and their aftermath for the paper. Her research for the Reuters Institute looks further into the use of new media, and the relationship between aid agencies and journalists and is entitled: The End of the Affair – or a new Love Story? How closely do the agendas of aid agencies and the media converge, how is this changing, and what is the effect on coverage of disasters?