Harassment of local and citizen journalists

In 2019, the mayor is recorded as having bullied and criticised and been quite rude to journalists in the chamber. These journalists were employed by the local press however, and therefore had some support. After one of the worst occasions regarding a journalist’s use of the word ‘tip’ rather than recycling waste centre [check wording], …

Picking up a writing habit

Writing, writing and actually writing Some essential elements to doing doctoral research: motivation writing a literature review a methodology writing all these things up and then writing the papers and thesis. My next decision on my PhD is how to try to gain it and through which means. I have decided it should be a …

Local media and trust: notes, v1

The local media scene is not the same as the national media in terms of recognition and trust. It does have a similar power structure because it is owned by a small number of wealthy owners. The influences however are different. In the area of local news, just five companies — Gannett, JPIMedia, Reach Plc …

LitReview: Hiding in plain sight: A tale of trust and mistrust inside a community of Citizen Reporters

Mustafaraj, E., Metaxas, P., Finn, S., and Monroy-Hernandez, A. (2012) Hiding in plain sight: a tale of trust inside a community of citizen reporters [link] “The rise of the Social Web has created a new outlet for staying informed: citizen reporting. The different social media and networking platforms, like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Facebook allow …

Working differently

I haven’t published anything on the blog since May but I have done some work. This lack of posting does feel a little depressing as my intention had been to keep writing throughout. However, after a chat with Helen Kara today, I am reframing the way I see my work. I will be doing things …

When life gets in the way

“Distracted from distraction by distraction”― T.S. Eliot I first wrote about researching my own PhD on July 27, 2019, nearly a year ago. What did I want to have achieved by the end of that first year? Had I given it any thought? I should go back and check really. 10 months on, though, I’m still …

Accountability and surveys

[[What I should have posted in January 2020: As with any freelance work, it is the way we are accountable that helps us achieve things. The way I keep myself accountable is by supporting Helen Kara through Patreon. I had a meeting with her today and as I talked to her I realised what my …

Update: mid-September

I spent a lot of time finishing the editing of a manuscript this week so I had less time to blog and research. I did achieve something significant, however, and that has opened up the level of access I have to information. To take a quick step back, my inspiration for a while now has …

Literature Review — Outline

Trolls, echo chambers, misogynism, abuse of politicians and d*ick pics are some of the worst elements of social media. But is that all there is to this platform? How are social media platforms used? What evidence exists of the number of users and different types of use? Who own the media? What types of political …

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