Jon Allsop is a Delacorte Magazine Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York City, where he covers US and international politics and media. He previously worked as a Dow Jones Interactive Editing Intern at BuzzFeed News (also in New York), after graduating from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in May 2017. While completing his MS, Jon worked on a national lotteries investigation—earning bylines in The Hartford Courtant and The New York Daily News among other publications—covered rezoning and real estate for The Bronx Ink, and completed a master’s thesis on how the musical Hamilton is revolutionizing US history teaching. He also freelanced in audio for the Pacifica Network, and was a lead writer and anchor for satirical web series the American Affair.
In 2015, Jon graduated with a first class degree in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was editor-in-chief of the Students’ Union’s official newspaper The Beaver. While editor, he oversaw a major redesign of both the paper and its website, and big stories on the LSESU Men’s Rugby leaflet scandal and the School’s foreign funding. In 2012, he founded the LSESU Politics and Forum Society, chairing its Great Britain working group, and acting as editor-in-chief of its inaugural journal.
In 2013, Jon spent a year at Sciences Po Paris’s Middle East and Mediterranean campus in Menton, France, where he studied the history of Palestine, the politics of Shia Islam, and wellbeing in Islamic jurisprudence. In 2014 he worked as a Public Affairs intern at the British Humanist Association, writing for The New Statesman and other national publications, and helping organize the 2014 World Humanist Congress. In 2016, he was field organizer for the official Britain Stronger in Europe campaign in his native Plymouth, England.