Saturday, 20 February 2016

National Conference on ‘Women Empowerment, Skill Enhancement and Media: Prospects and Challenges’

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies
                                     Vivekananda School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Women Empowerment, Skill Enhancement and Media: Prospects and Challenges

2nd National Conference – 22nd and 23rd April, 2016

National Conference
‘Women Empowerment, Skill Enhancement and
 Media: Prospects and Challenges’

यत्रैतास्तु पूज्यन्तेसर्वास्तत्राफलाःक्रियाः

Meaning :The divine are extremely happy where women are respected ;
where they are not, all actions (projects) are fruitless.

At some point of time in our history we stressed upon women empowerment,  today when there is a dire need to bring the concept in practice whereby both the genders equally contribute towards the development of society, the idea needs reinforecement. Present concept note of the conference is to deliberate on the issue does not require any data related to the status of women in our societies because often we see research reports, media reports from across the globe wherein gender issues have acquired ample space. United Nations and other institutions are also working upon this issue since very long but status of women in every society demands much attention. Skill enhancement is the foundation for empowerment in any field but more so in Media.
We at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies want to propose 2 days national conference on the subject “Women Empowerment, Skill Enhancement and Media: Prospects and Challenge”. Through this we would like to deliberate over various issues from media perspective and hence we would like to invite papers by scholars from across the country to deliberate on related issues and challenges and draw some fruitful suggestions for policy makers, some innovative ideas for media professionals and researchers and empowering skill avenues.
Skilled education empowers women and girls. It provides them with the ability and knowledge needed to direct their own lives. The positive ripple effect of education for women and girls is so far-reaching that a number of international organizations, UNESCO and UN Women foremost among them, have persuasively argued that  it is  the single most effective tool for development as when girls receive education they: ™Have smaller and healthier families; ™gain skills needed to enter and succeed in the labour market; recognize the importance of health care and seek it for themselves and their children; ™understand their rights and gain the confidence to insist on them.
Several international frameworks have formalized commitments to improving learning opportunities for women and girls. The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action called on countries to ensure equal access to education for girls, eradicate female illiteracy and expand the availability of vocational training for women. Girls’ education was singled out again in the 2000 Dakar Framework for Action and codified as one of six Educations for All (EFA) goals. The goal on gender established two specific targets: eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieve gender equality in education by 2015. These agreements frame and add urgency to questions about the place of women and girls’ education in the post-2015 development agenda. A consensus has emerged that renewed impetus is needed to fully – and finally – ensure that women have equitable access to high quality skilled education.

Worldwide, women and girls have better access to educational opportunities than at any time in the past, and these gains are translating into improved social and economic opportunities. Between 1980 and 2008, a period of explosive growth in female access to education, 552 million women joined the labour force, and today 4 out of every 10 workers globally are female. Yet despite this commendable progress, the quality of education remains unsatisfactory in many contexts, and access to education is still inequitable across gender lines. The character and magnitude of inequity vary from country to country, but the most serious problems tend to be concentrated in Africa and South Asia. Alarmingly, gender gaps in sub-Saharan Africa have widened at higher levels of schooling, a reverse of the global trend towards greater parity: between 1999 and 2010 the ratio of girls in secondary school fell from 83 to 82 girls per 100 boys, and from 67 to 63 girls per 100 boys at the tertiary level.
This represents not only stalled progress but a reversion to the deep gender inequalities that characterized previous eras. At the primary school level, impressive gains made in the early 2000s have leveled off. In several low income countries it is not atypical to find only 7 girls enrolled in school per every 10 boys.
The 2013/4 EFA Global Monitoring Report summed up the situation unambiguously: Worldwide ‘girls are more likely to miss out on primary education’ than boys and are afflicted by the ‘most extreme cases of inequality in secondary education’. These disparities result in disproportional literacy rates for males and females. Globally, two out of every three illiterate adults are women. Prospects and Challenges in Women Empowerment and their Skill Enhancement and  Media scenarios need to be deliberated upon.

About the Institute:
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) is founded on Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy of ‘Man making, Character building and Nation building’. The Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) has been accredited “A” grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). It is an ISO 9001:2008 certified institution. VIPS was incepted in the year 2000 by the "Strength India Educational Society" registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and is affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. Under the charismatic leadership of Dr. S.C Vats (Chairman) and Professor I.M Pandey (Director General), VIPS has created a niche for itself on the road of academic execellance. It has shown a remarkable growth in terms of number of courses offered and intake of students with highly qualified and dedicated faculty. With a legacy of 15 years, it is running various courses in Management, Law, Journalism and Information Technology.
About the Department:
Vivekananda School of Journalism & Mass Communication (VSJMC), is one of the biggest department of Media Studies in any educational Institution in the country established in 2001. The Bachelors programme in Journalism and Mass Communication at VSJMC combines the rigors of academic excellence and hands-on practical training for training a fairly large number of students who will then take up challenging jobs in the fast growing and diverse media industry. VSJMC boasts of a great infrastructure as well as a skilled and well-qualified faculty, which has enabled us to produce both industry leaders and university toppers.
The ever converging world of mass media has fuelled the need for multi-tasking and multi-talented media professionals, and while VIPS always aims at high academic standards, extra-curricular activities like festivals, events and seminars enable the students to develop hands-on event-management skills, interact with industry experts and exchange ideas with students from other institutes and backgrounds. All this and more makes the BJMC course at VIPS an amalgamation of brilliant ideas, top-class academic standards and best-in-class facilities.

Call for papers:
We invite empirical, conceptual research papers and case studies from academicians, professionals, consultants, research scholars and students related to the broad tracks and themes of the conference.

Track 1: Women Empowerment
Track 2:  Skill Enhancement
Track 3: Women & Media
Track 4: Entrepreneurship
Track 5: Women & Culture
Track 6: Women & Economy
Track 7: Women & Health
Track 8: Violence against Women
Track 9: Institutional Mechanism for Advancement of Women
Track 10: Women & policy Formation

Submission Guidelines for authors:
We invite original, research papers and articles on the above mentioned Conference themes. While sending contributions the following guidelines must be strictly followed. Contributions that do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.
 The selection of papers for publication will be based on their relevance, clarity and originality; the extent to which they advance knowledge, understanding and application of their domain; and their likely contribution towards inspiring further development and research.
 The cover page of the article should contain:
(i)                 Title of the article (in bold)
(ii)               Name(s) of authors
(iii)             Professional affiliation
(iv)             Address of correspondence and Email.

 The second page should contain
(i) Title of the article (Time New Romans 16, in bold)
(ii) an abstract of the paper in about 300 words (Times Roman 12 Point type, single spacing, in italics)
(iii) Keywords should be provided which encapsulate the principal topics of the paper (3-5 key words alphabetically).
 Manuscripts (Full paper) length should be between 4,000- 6,000 words. The contribution should be in clear, coherent and concise English. Author/s should also send a copy of the contribution in MS word, Times New Roman 12 Point type font, by e-mail to
 All tables, charts, graphs, footnotes, quotations, equations articles should be cited accordingly and numbered properly.
  The reference list should mention only those sources which have been actually cited in the text or notes. References should be complete in all respects and should be listed in alphabetical order. References and in-text citations should follow APA formatting style. Please refer to for detailed referencing guidelines.
 All research papers / articles submitted for consideration should be accompanied by a declaration by the author/s that they have not been published elsewhere.

Conference Details:
i. Important Dates:
Deadlines Dates
Last date for submission of Abstracts:                       24th February, 2016
Notification of acceptance of abstracts to author(s) : 4th March, 2016
Last date for submission of full papers :                     24th March, 2016
Acceptance notification to author(s) :                         4th April, 2016
Last date for registration:                                         11th April, 2016
Conference dates 22nd & 23rd April, 2016
ii. Registration fee for the participants:
Category of Participant(s) Registration Fee (INR)
Delegates from industry :         Rs. 1,500
Academicians:                          Rs 1,000
Research scholars / Students :   Rs. 750

Registration Fees for the conference includes: Conference kit, Tea/Snacks, Lunch and a book of Conference Proceedings. Registration fee does not include accommodation and TA/DA or any other travelling expenses. However, outstation candidates will be assisted with accommodation (twin-sharing) on payment basis. Participants have to register for the conference individually and only registered participants will receive the certificates and conference material. 
iii. Publication opportunities:
 All accepted research papers will be published in the book of refereed conference proceedings (with an ISBN Number)
 Selected papers will be published in VIPS Journal of Research  with refereed online proceedings (ISSN: 2319 - 8702)
iv. Best paper Award:
Three outstanding research papers will receive an award of Rs. 10,000/- , Rs. 7,000/- and Rs. 3,000/- respectively. 
Key features of the conference:
The following are the key features of the conference:
 Over 100 scholarly research papers to be presented across 7 communication tracks
 Excellent opportunities for professional and academic networking
 High profile plenary sessions
 Professional development meetings and industry connect
 Gala lunch and welcoming of sponsoring organizations
 Publication opportunities in journal
 Best paper awards
Contact Us:
For details, please contact the following
Prof. (Dr.) Charu Lata Singh

Dr Aatish Parashar              Dr Vaishali Kathuria Billa   Dr Anuradha Mishra Gaur
Co Convenor                      Co Convenor                      Co Convenor
09810490789                          09810781508                   08527163837

Ms Ashima Singh Gureja    Ms Tahzeeb Fatma
Co ordinator                        Co ordinator
09999275918                     09958030741

Conference email id: Website:

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Copy editor for international online medical journal wanted

Following  from Sekhar Seshan

In case anyone is interested:

An international online medical journal is looking for a copy editor. Ideally a science grad who knows English ( Not full time. The link for the journal:
There's a Contact page with the managing editor's coordinates.

AMIC Conference in September

Following from AMIC Secretary-General Ramon R. Tuazon  

Rethinking Communication in a Resurgent Asia
15-17 September 2016, Manila Philippines


According to an ancient Chinese proverb, To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.

An old Philippine proverb says, Sino man ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinang-galingan, ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan. (He who does not think back on his past, will not arrive at his destination.)

We invoke this ancient Asian wisdom to warn, as we lunge headlong into today’s fast-changing world, that non-Asian communication theories, sophisticated gadgets and apps are not the panacea to Asia’s and the world’s problems. The solutions are in us.

We in AMIC and in Asia need to rediscover our roots, somehow buried under our feet as we run mindlessly forward. We have imbibed non-Asian ways, and adopted foreign communication theories, methodologies and practices as we studied abroad, and brought them back to Asia to teach to our young students who would one day become our disciples.

We preach that communication and culture are inextricably linked. But have we studied or developed Asian theories of communication based on Asian culture? Very little it seems and definitely not enough. In this coming 2016 AMIC annual conference, we pause and look back to where we came from.

We need to rediscover our “Asianess” amidst a resurging Asia. The Asian Development Bank has reported that if Asia continues its current growth trajectory, by 2050 it will regain the dominant economic position it held some 300 years ago, before the industrial revolution. In this scenario Asia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will reach $174 trillion (or half of the global GDP) from $17 trillion in 2010.

A resurging Asia must also be seen in terms of new challenges characterized by inequalities, conflicts, climate change, unsustainable practices, and corruption. Beyond the tools of mass communication, are there distinct Asian communication strategies which can effectively address these challenges that threaten the resurgence of Asia?

Let us rediscover our Asian past so that we can confidently move into our future.


Cluster on Philosophies, Theories, and Paradigms
•       How Asian Philosophies and Religion Influence Communication Paradigms
•       Asian (Indigenous) Communication Theories, Paradigms, and Models
•       Media History and Asian Perspectives: Remembering the Past for the Future
•       Cultural Traditions and Communication Theory
•       Asian Research Framework and Methodologies

Cluster on Communication and Culture
•       Protecting and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage (Amidst Natural and Man-made Disasters)
•       Intercultural Dialogue for Tolerance, Harmony, and Peace
•       Addressing Hate Speech, Radicalism, and Extremism in Asian Media
Cluster on Communication Education

•       Asian Higher Education Integration
•       Accreditation Standards for Asia-Pacific Communication Schools

Cluster on Communication Media
•       Revival (or Rediscovery) of Asian Traditional (Folk) Media
•       Asian Films, Directors, and Performers in the Global Cinema
•       Portrayal of Asia and its Societies and Citizens in Film and TV
Cluster on Communication Strategies and Approaches

•       Asian Conflict Resolution Styles and Communication
•       Good Governance and Communication (including Poverty Alleviation, Fighting Corruption)
•       Risk, Disaster, and Humanitarian Communication
•       Health Communication (including Behavior and Social Change)

Cluster on Inclusive Knowledge Societies
•       Access to Knowledge and Information by Persons with Disabilities
•       Access to Knowledge and Information by Indigenous People
•       Right to Information of Internally Displaced Persons
•       Access Beyond Genders (and Gender Preference)

Cluster on Global Communication
•       Communication and the Asian Diaspora (Migration)
•       Asia-Africa Dialogue on Commonalities and Divergences in Communication
•       Career Opportunities for the Global Communication Professional

Cluster on Asian Business Communication
•       Branding Asia/Branding in Asia
•       Trade and Investment Communication
•       Cross-cultural Business Communication in an Asian Setting


Papers will be selected on a competitive basis and all submissions will be screened by an expert panel.
Abstracts due:                         30 March 2016
Notification of acceptance         June 2016
Full papers due:                        30 July 2016
Abstracts and papers should be submitted via e-mail (
Please do not send abstracts/papers to the personal e-mail addresses of conference organizers.

Indicate your proposed Conference Cluster (and specific stream) in the subject line of your e-mail.

E-mail should include the following:
•       paper title
•       author name, position, institution
•       short biography of author (100 words)
•       paper abstract (500 words)


If your abstract is approved for presentation, you will be required to submit the full paper prior to the conference. The full paper should adhere to the following requirements:
•       should be written in English.
•       be of 5,000-8,000 words in length.
•       have citation in APA style.
•       should be Microsoft Word or RTF document. Font should be Times New Roman, 12 pts. Please use plain text and not formatting.

For more information, please contact AMIC Secretary-General Ramon R. Tuazon ( or

Note to all authors: By submitting your paper, you agree to the following terms:
a.      that upon selection of your paper, you will register for the conference and present the paper. All co-authors attending and/or presenting at the conference must register too.
b.      that your paper will be included in a compilation of conference papers to be uploaded and publicized in the AMIC website


Criteria to be used to evaluate abstracts include the following:
•       Relevance of the topic to the conference theme
•       Well-defined topics /issue(s) to be examined and discussed
•       Originality and innovativeness of topic
•       Adherence to solid research design and methodology (for research-based papers)
•       Limitations identified (for research-based papers)
•       Good language and writing quality and logical organization of paper
•       Potential contributions to the advancement of communication theory, research and practice

Full Papers
Criteria to be used to evaluate full papers include the following:
•       Extensive and appropriate literature review
•       Good writing quality, e.g., style is clear and engaging
•       Logical organization of paper
•       In-depth and evidence-based analysis and conclusions
•       Concrete recommendations for research, policy, and action projects
•       Publication-ready

Thursday, 11 February 2016

List of 50 blogs on media

Following is courtesy journalist colleague Subhash Naik based in Pune, India, He is an avid watcher of media world. if you remember, he has forwarded to us several interesting posts used in my blog
This list does not include our blog, Probably because it is not regular. 

I will certainly like to compile a lists of Indian blogs concerning journalism. Please mail me links of such blog posts you have come across. These should be fairly regular and must be on the scene for at lease one year:

Here is from Subhash Naik's message mentioned above:

This is a list of blogs by journalists, journalism academics and photo-journalists sharing tips and perspectives on topics such as social media, data journalism, apps, tools, and the latest developments in the industry.

The blogs are listed in random order and we have not included any blogs hosted by news organisations or other sites.

This is an updated version of our 50 blogs by journalists, for journalists, published in June 2014.


1. One Man and His Blog

Adam Tinworth has been blogging for over 10 years, writing about digital technology, publishing, and journalism. He works as a consultant on digital journalism, publishing, mobile and social media, and he is a visiting lecturer and module leader in the Department of Journalism at City University London.

2. The Buttry Diary

Steve Buttry started training journalists in the 1990s, and was previously digital transformation editor at Digital First Media in the US. His blog offers great tips for journalists as well as media commentary on topics including paywalls, mobile strategy, entrepreneurial journalism, ethics and accuracy.

3. Reflections of a Newsosaur

Alan D. Mutter is a veteran media executive and lecturer on new media at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley. He writes in his blog explainer that he “fears our news-gathering companies are stumbling to extinction”.

4. David Higgerson

David Higgerson writes about data journalism, social media, and freedom of information, and does weekly round-ups of stories generated by FOI requests. He is a digital publishing director responsible for the regional websites within Trinity Mirror, and also uses his blog to reflect on digital opportunities for regional journalists.

5. Headlines and Deadlines

Alison Gow uses her blog to share her thoughts on journalism and digital storytelling, and publishes weekly reading recommendations. She’s editor of the digital innovation team with Trinity Mirror Regionals.

6. Jack of Kent

David Allen Green is a legal commentator at and formerly legal correspondent of the New Statesman. He has written on the Simon Singh libel case and worked as an appeal solicitor in the "Twitter joke trial" case. His blog is well worth following for all things law related.

7. Web Journalist

Robert Hernandez's blog primarily focuses on exploring the developing relationship between technology and journalism. Hernandez is the co-founder of the weekly Twitter discussion #wjchat for journalists, and co-creator of the Diversify Journalism Project, most recently working within augmented reality, wearables and virtual reality.  
8. DigiDave

David Cohn is senior director at Advance Publications, and a formerexecutive producer at AJ+. He blogs about innovation in the media and aims to help develop the emerging practice of participatory journalism.

9. The Authentic Storytelling Project

Christoph Trappe, who has worked as both a journalist and a content marketing strategist, blogs about how best to tell and share authentic stories on social media.
10. End of Journalism

David Bauer is head of storytelling at Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). On his blog, he collects and shares thought-provoking articles from around the web, and focuses on where the boundaries of journalism in the digital age are.

11. How To Story

How To Story is a blog about storytelling and visual journalism, written by Belgium-based journalists Tim Verheyden, Tom Rumes and Andries Fluit. They aim to help other journalists improve their work by publishing a range of creative material, tips and industry trends from around the web. 

12. David Hepworth

David Hepworth is the editorial director of independent media company Development Hell and writes for The Guardian.

13. Jon Slattery

Jon Slattery is a freelance journalist and former editor of Press Gazette. He posts media quotes of the week and uses his blog to offer an "independent view on media matters".

14. A Digital Editor's Tale

Richard Kendall is the Group Digital Content Editor for Johnston Press. He blogs about 'one man's ever-changing journey through digital news'.

15. Jack Lail

Jack Lail, director of digital for the Knoxville News Sentinel, uses his blog to share news about the industry. He keeps up to date with the latest experiments in online commenting and posts links to related resources.

16. Journal of a Journalist
Neal Ungerleider writes about technology and science for Fast Company. He posts a mix of original articles, links to other projects and job listings on his blog and has also launched a newsletter recently.

17. Journerdism

Will Sullivan, innovation specialist for 18F, blogs about his thoughts on the future of journalism and posts about "all things nerdy". Topics include emerging mobile and tablet technologies, the craft journalism and multimedia storytelling.

18. The Word Yard Project

Writer, editor and co-founder of Salon, Scott Rosenberg shares weekly link selections on technology and the media.

19. The Joy of Unemployment

Freelancer Anneke Steenkamp gives readers insights into social media, marketing, recruitment, career and self-development.

20. Bleacher Report 

The Bleacher Report blog is mostly written by journalist King Kaufman, and addresses journalism issues, news and trends of interest to those in sports media.

21. The Editor's Desk

This blog welcomes "anyone who loves words and the news", according to an explainer on the site. Andy Bechtel, copy editor and professor of journalism at the University of North Carolina, writes about editing and posts interesting Q&As with people in the industry.

22. Jim Romenesko

American journalist Jim Romenesko provides daily news, commentary, and insider information about journalism and media on his blog. 

23. Newspaper Death Watch

Paul Gillin has over 20 years of journalism experience and uses his blog to chronicle "the decline of newspapers and the rebirth of journalism”. 

24. David McClelland

Print and broadcast journalist David McClelland blogs about technology and innovation in the journalism industry.  

25. Sarah Marshall

Sarah Marshall, social media editor EMEA at The Wall Street Journal, gives regular advice to those in the industry looking to maximise the way they use social media platforms and tools for newsgathering and storytelling.

26. Scripting News

Started in 1997, Scripting News is the longest running weblog on the internet. Dave Winer, a software developer and writer, explores developments in the journalism, as well as a range of other issues that ignite his interest. 

27. Joy Mayer

As a full-time engagement strategist, Joy Mayer aims to
help other journalists, students and organisations grow their understanding of how to best reach their communities and measure their success.

28. PressThink

This blog is written by Jay Rosen, associate professor of journalism at New York University. He writes about the state of the press in the digital era and the challenges it presents, posting essays, interviews and press criticism.

29. Telling The Story

Video journalist Matt Pearl takes a continuing look at how journalists tell stories, aiming to offer commentary, links to great stories, reflections on deeper issues, and thoughts on his own work. 

30. Common Sense Journalism

Doug Fisher, senior instructor of digital and social media at the University of South Carolina, expresses his thoughts on the challenges that editors face in the changing journalism environment.

31. Journalistics

Jeremy Porter, strategist for digital agency blacQube, blogs about public relations and journalism, including up-to-date tips and advice on how to get stated with your own blog.

32. Charlie Rogers

Digital executive Charlie Rogers has collated posts from around the web, focused on journalism, technology and storytelling.

33. Monday Note

Writers Frédéric Filloux and Jean-Louis Gassée, blog about a range of topics within the industry, such as online publishing, digital imaging, newspapers and wearables. 

34. A Site of Her Own

Journalist Megan Heckman writes about women's involvement in technology and journalism. She aims to answer questions surrounding the importance of women in the industry and diversity in the digital culture. 

35. Silicon Valley Watcher
Tom Foremski, a former Financial Times journalist, blogs about the technology industry and how the media landscape is developing. 

36. Social Media Desk

The blog is run by Lori Todd and Wright Bryan of NPR. They share social media resources and their observations on the industry.

Mobile and visual

37. Robb Montgomery

Mobile journalism expert Robb Montgomery gives useful tips and advice on visual storytelling by reviewing the latest mojo equipment, apps and technology.

38. Mobile Journalism

Nick Garnett is a BBC Radio 5 Live correspondent and blogs about his experience in mobile journalism. He posts tips on tools and software, such as using an iPad on a tripod for video footage.

39. Video Journalism

Glen Mulcahy from Irish broadcaster RTE uses his blog to provide resources for journalists interested in producing video for the web. He tests and reports on the latest technologies, and his latest post mentions a custom 3D-printed monitor mount.

40. Football Photographer

Matthew Ashton runs AMA Sports Photo Agency, based in England. He shares behind the scenes information on the life of a sports photographer, as well as tips on how to get started in the industry.


41. The Functional Art

This blog is run by Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at University of Miami's School of Communication. He discusses data journalism in general, with a focus on visualisation and infographics. 

42. Simon Rogers

Simon Rogers is data editor at Google and creator of website. His blog covers a variety of area within journalism, with information for those starting out, as well as more experienced journalists. 

43. Musings on Maps
Daniel Brownstein blogs about data visualisation, with a focus on mapping techniques.

44. Mulin Blog

Dr. Mu Lin is an online journalism educator from the US, who uses his blog to share his research and thoughts about digital multimedia journalism with students, instructors and media professionals.

45. Media Nation

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor at Northeastern University's School of Journalism, specialising in alternative business models for news. He posts frequent news and commentary about the industry. 

46. Bill Gentile
Bill Gentile is a documentary filmmaker, who teaches at the American University in Washington, DC. He blogs about his work teaching 'backpack video journalism' around the world. 

47. Online Journalism Blog

Paul Bradshaw is the head of online journalism at Birmingham City University. His blog is a must-read, and features guest contributions from all over the world.

48. George Brock

George Brock is an ex-editor of The Times, currently heading the journalism department at City University London. His posts comment on industry topics, including local media, social media, and law.

49. Andy Dickinson

Andy Dickinson writes about video, online journalism and social media, offering helpful tools and tips. He teaches digital and online journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.

50. Alan Geere Online

Alan Geere is a journalist, academic and international editorial consultant. His blog is a mix of reflections on the industry, international issues, and snippets of his life.