Six lectures down so I thought I’d step aside and jot down a few thoughts about my transition form the world of journalism practice to the world of journalism teaching.
The first thing to say is that it’s much less about me teaching and much, much more about me learning. And I love that. Writing my lectures takes me on a journey through all sorts of previously unexplored avenues as I try to question why we do things the way we do in Newsrooms (and often, why we shouldn’t). I’ve discovered so many interesting writers and commentators in all parts of the world. It’s like having a whole new lease of life tapping into this area of knowledge.
This is a period of dynamic change in the way we do journalism that challenges the established newsroom system. I sometimes wonder if we’re doing enough to prepare our students for that.
Cycling to MediaCity from Piccadilly is great and a million times better than hanging around for the tram. BUT, it would be nice to have facilities in the building to help cyclists eg showers. But whizzing along the canal watching the rowers straining at the oars is a good way to start the day.
And finally, I love all the connections – both real and virtual – that I’m making with people at the university. Thanks for saying hello and sharing your amazing work.