Laura Garcia

First Draft News, journalism trainer on misinformation

Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started back in her hometown of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. After that, she was able to get into the world of broadcast because her lecturers and their friends allowed her to crash living rooms and bedrooms while she was getting work experience. She’s an incurable nerd who loves cats, books, TikTok, and has always been fascinated with new ways of telling stories, new tech, coding, apps, and even VR/AR.

Laura has worked in different newsrooms and organisations across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight, KMTV, the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Channel 5 News. 

She taught multimedia journalism and TV production at the University of Kent for five years. She is passionate about getting new diverse voices into the industry and was the co-founder of a social enterprise dedicated to helping young people become journalists. 

Currently, she works at First Draft teaching people how to spot and verify disinformation. She teaches a course on social media for the UN-mandated University for Peace and regularly features as a foreign correspondent on Mexican TV explaining European politics.