#EmptyShelf17 #26: Becoming Reverand by @revmattwoodcock

Becoming Reverend: A diary by Matt Woodcock My rating: 4 of 5 stars I met Matt whilst teaching MediaLit at Cranmer Hall a few years ago - he made a comment about how pimped up my laptop was (it was a chrome covered HP) ... He's certainly a larger than life character and starting the book with an unfortunate blocking of the toilet does set the tone - Matt is definitely a lads lad, but…

Ask questions of digital data

The importance of learning to ask 'probing questions' of digital data: The digital revolution has led to significant changes in news reporting. One is the use of social media as a tool for gathering and disseminating information, and another is the mining of data for stories. Data journalism is hardly new. As early as the mid-1800s, Florence Nightingale used statistics to explain conditions in the British Army. But in the past decade, the rise of…

Can journalism survive in an internet age?

Interesting book review: We're witnessing either the end of journalism or the birth of a golden age - depending on your point of view, or more likely depending on whether or not you are a journalist. This is the key theme of this fascinating study by David Ryfe, who takes what appears to be his disadvantageous position of being a journalism academic who has never been a journalist and turns it to good advantage. After…

Breaking the News Mould @timeshighered

The fragile balance between journalism and academia: Journalism with academic analysis can create material with impact - but will the REF consider it? asks John Mair Imagine that you are a cub reporter sent out to a story about an equine accident by your news editor. You get to the scene, the horse has bolted, the stable door is open, and all you have left to report is dirty straw. This would not cut the…

Reboot camp

Journalists: need new media knowledge! Aspiring and seasoned US journalists alike are looking to tech-savvy graduate schools to help them survive and thrive in a new multimedia environment. Jon Marcus reports Jennifer Hellum's first semester as a graduate student in journalism school taught her, among other things, how to function with almost no sleep. That experience came courtesy of the "boot camp" for new students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication,…