Shared Future News is an online publication dedicated to providing news, information, and personal stories on the topics of peacebuilding, reconciliation, and diversity. We publish to an audience interested in the history and politics of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We believe that it is important to spread the news of those working for a shared future in Northern Ireland.

Our vision is a shared Northern Irish society where peace is improved by reporting and storytelling.

Our mission is to develop constructive journalism in the province of Ulster.

Our objective is to provide depth and context to peacebuilding activities in Northern Ireland and the border counties.

Our Team



Allan Leonard is a co-founder of Shared Future News, which he has edited since 2008. He has served in senior management positions and as a trustee in several charities established to promote peace and reconciliation, where he also gained international experience supporting programmes in divided societies. Allan is also a co-founder, director, and company secretary at FactCheckNI; a trustee and company secretary at the photography charity, Belfast Exposed; and serves as treasurer at the Belfast and District Branch of the National Union of Journalists.


Board Member

Alan Meban is a co-founder of Shared Future News. He blogs about arts and politics; records, live-streams, produces and chairs conferences and events; freelance produces podcasts and radio programmes; and delivers social media coaching and training. Alan is a director at FactCheckNI; sits on Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland; and is a member of the Corrymeela Community.

Julia PAUL

Board member

Julia Paul is a co-founder of Shared Future News. She is an award-winning, creative and resourceful, PhD-qualified journalist and media consultant with a progressive career spanning more then 20 years within the broadcasting, overseas development, and education sectors. She has specialist expertise in reporting on conflict and divided communities, and in training journalists in countries emerging from conflict. She is an experienced media analyst who has lectured at a Russell Group university, and presented her research at international conferences and contributed to Ofcom public events.



Laura Rodriguez-Davis is a postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin, for an MPhil degree in conflict resolution and reconciliation. At the University of South Florida, she earned a BA degree in psychology and a BS degree in behavioural healthcare. Laura’s professional experience includes a leadership role for youth programmes at a theatre company.