Journalism as a Vocation

This week coroner Michael Singleton accused The Mail of engaging in a “sensational and salacious” campaign of “character assassination” against Lucy Meadows, resulting in her taking her own life in March of this year. Richard Littlejohn of the same paper had taken a particular interest in her transition whilst teaching at a school in the […]

Can Academics Manage Their Twitter?

My colleague Dave Beer asked a couple of months ago whether or not academics can manage without Twitter. It’s something I’ve considered myself, suggesting in an earlier post that information can be mined but that the conversational element that would facilitate understanding and/or the evolution of arguments and ideas is lacking. One thing I hadn’t […]


There’s a lot to be said about crowdsourcing, the act of obtaining knowledge or information from an online group of people (determined by the crowdsourcer or not). As a recent adopter of Twitter, I’m particularly interested in the way that journalists use crowdsourcing to construct comment pieces. However, this is not a blogpost about crowdsourcing. […]