Fake news and streetlights

Citizen journalists are often hampered by lack to official information and delays with freedom of information requests. Social media often gets blamed for fake news and councils’ comms teams are often the first to blame newspapers and social media for fake news. One example FOI request is useful at showing how communications and statements can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crowdsourcing questions

I’m now at the stage where I want to find as many questions about my research as possible. I then plan on using the literature to answer the questions. I have the following so far: What effect on political participation and political knowledge, do social media users/forms have in comparison to regional and national media? […]

Self evaluation, feedback on timings

One part of this ultralearning project is about achieving a PhD-level of research by myself without a higher education institution; the other part though is not needing to be constrained by typical time limitations. Could I research and write up a thesis and pass a viva, or submit for a PhD via publication in under […]

Literature Review

The literature review is an essential part of a thesis. The student needs to know where to place themselves in the literature, what the literature says about their question, what has already been researched and what conclusions have been drawn. I’ve always found the literature review a bit of a rabbit hole–in a rather mesmerising […]

How to research your own PhD — inspired by Scott Young’s ‘Ultralearning’ — Part II

“The core of the ultralearning strategy is intensity and a willingness to prioritize effectiveness.” I enjoyed reading Scott Young‘s case studies — public speaking, finishing an MIT degree, learning four languages in a year — but it is the principles of ultralearning that allow me to carry on with my project. I want to now […]

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