Catching up on another ill-fated pledge to keep this thing more up-to-date… Recapping what has been a busy year, one filled with the usual mix of things … some interesting guest lecture-type gigs, a few conferences, a set of ‘lecture tours’ at the World Press Photo exhibition in town, a new research project last Spring … More For someone who reads a lot of blogs, I’m pretty bad at blogging: Catching up on 2018
Below is a brief reaction to this, which happens to have happened to a friend and former colleague of mine who was secretly filmed by James O’Keefe’s ‘Project Veritas’, a conservative activist site which acts through loathsome hits on those they disagree with by manipulating bits of secreted video and audio to serve specific political … More On Journalism and its Controversies (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love Journalism’s Messiness)
It has been far too long since updating this site, so here’s the quick and dirty version: In August 2016 I joined the University of Groningen as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Journalism, and with the Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. Since then, it has been a busy … More A long overdue update: Foregone moves, and a handful of publications, talks, etc.
I’ve spent the past five years (give or take) trying to make sense of the ways journalists construct identity in news texts. This has included exploring reactions to WikiLeaks (my doctoral work [PDF]) as well as other research including with colleagues at Sheffield and at the University of Groningen that has looked at how journalists … More On newswork and journalistic identity construction.
There’s a new article in Journalism Studies titled “Normative Expectations“. My colleague John Steel and I wrote this to document our findings from the first phase of an ongoing research project looking at normativity and local journalism. For this project, we worked with members of two community groups in Sheffield. Our starting point was an … More New work … on Normativity and Journalism
A second piece for The Conversation on an attempt by Reddit to create a more gate-kept, edited news site called ‘Upvoted’. (Published here in full under the Creative Commons license it was originally published under). Reddit’s move toward respectability means leaving behind some of what made it great The “front page of the internet”, Reddit, … More On Reddit’s new Redditorial
On the shock resignation of Peter Oborne, and the blurred lines between editorial and usiness interests at The Daily Telegraph. (Published here in full, under The Conversation‘s creative commons license): What Peter Oborne’s resignation forces us to confront about journalism As news of Peter Oborne’s resignation from The Daily Telegraph went scattering around the internet and … More For the Conversation (Feb. 2015)
This is a holding post as I put together this site, a collection of academic and other observations as well as a collection of my work in various guises…