Journalist & Filmmaker
Hazel Sheffield is a British multimedia journalist and filmmaker living in London.
Her work can be found at The Guardian, Wired, Institutional Investor, The Times, the Observer, the Telegraph, the Financial Times, The Economist, 1843, the Independent, the Evening Standard, Vice, the BBC, NME, Stylist, The Quietus, Long+Short, the Columbia Journalism Review.
Hazel was the Fulbright Alistair Cooke Scholar at Columbia University, New York, 2011-2012. She graduated with an MS in digital media from the journalism school, where she made a documentary about a record store that was bought by Capital New York (now Politico) and the BBC.
She was the business editor of the Independent until summer 2016.
Ever since, she has been on the road documenting alternative economies in the UK with a grant from the Friends Provident Foundation.
As the founder of Far Nearer, Hazel Sheffield is documenting local projects and people building economic resilience in the UK. In the last decade, it has become clear that the economy doesn’t work for everyone. But in pockets of the UK, people are working to create new systems that do work, either by creating fulfilling jobs for local people, helping people get a stake in the economy – like a house or a share of a company – or helping them with support like childcare or training.
Hazel is creating a map of this activity at farnearer.org to explore how local economies are changing in the aftermath of austerity and Brexit. She is also taking a closer look at these projects, exploring their sustainability and scalability through film, photography, data and text. So far, Far Nearer stories have appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Huck, Wired UK, the Long+Short, the i paper and other publications that you can see on her website.