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31st March 2011, 4:31pm
Internet-based journalism focus of new book from Lincoln professor
Professor Keeble The internet’s impact on news journalism is the subject of the latest book from Professor Richard Lance Keeble, of the Lincoln School of Journalism.

Jointly edited with John Mair, of Coventry University, the book brings together the writings of 32 academics, top practising journalists and media activists.

Contributors include Joss Winn, of Lincoln’s Centre for Educational Research and Development, Professor John Tulloch, Head of Lincoln School of Journalism, and Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian.

Florian Zollmann, a PhD student at the LSJ, interviews David Edwards and David Cromwell, editors of the radical media monitoring site, Media Lens, while Professor Keeble interviews Marc Wadsworth, editor of the citizen journalism site, The-Latest.Com.

David Hayward, of the BBC College of Journalism, looks at the emergence of hyper-local websites, Judith Townend considers the possibilities of Twitter as a “journalistic tool” while Dan Bennett examines the role of new social media in the recent Arab uprisings.

In a section focusing on international issues, Homson Shao, Associate Dean International of Zhejiang University of Media and Communications, examines the emergence of social media in China while Dr Okoth Fred Mudhai contributes a ground-breaking study of new, internet-based journalism in Africa. Jeremy Vine, the BBC Radio 2 presenter, contributes a foreword.

Professor Keeble said: “Throughout my career in higher education I’ve been concerned to get academics, journalists and media activists together to discuss major contemporary media issues. Views may differ widely but the dialogue always throws up fascinating insights – as here in my new book.”

The press launch for The Internet and Journalism Today (Arima, Bury St Edmunds) is to be held at the Frontline Club, Norfolk Place, London W2 on 5 April 2011, starting 6.30. A discussion on the issues raised in the book is to be led by Raymond Snoddy, presenter of BBC’s Newswatch, and Kevin Marsh, executive editor of the BBC College of Journalism.

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