Dr Murray Dick
Lecturer In Multimedia Journalism
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4640
- Address: Media Culture and Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
2nd Floor Armstrong Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
I lecture in Multimedia Journalism in the department of Media, Culture, Heritage.
Before moving permanently into academia (in 2009), I was a trainer in online research at the BBC, and latterly at the Centre for Investigative Journalism. I was also an occasional freelance technology journalist.
During my time at the BBC (2004-2008) I established a training praxis that involved applying theories from the field of Information Science to the practices of professional journalism,
This knowledge informed much of my early research, including my first monograph:Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online (Palgrave 2013).
Today, my approach to teaching and learning at Newcastle involves challenging the conventional ways in which journalism is often understood within the academy; compromised between vocational and liberal arts perspectives.
I continue to provide expertise to industry, campaigning groups and the academy in my specialisms (online writing, SEO, advanced search, computer assisted reporting and verifying online resources). Some examples over the past few years include:
- The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) (in Belgrade, Serbia)
- The Tax Justice Network, on their 'Finance Uncovered' Programme (at City University, London)
- The Daily Telegraph on their Graduate Trainee Scheme (at Press Association headquarters in Howden, Yorkshire)
- The Centre for Investigative Journalism on their Summer Schools and ad hoc training events (various)
- Oxford University, on their Department for Continuing Education's Digital Humanities programme (at Oxford University)
- Al Jazeera, for investigative journalists working on their 101 East investigative production (in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
- The Open Society Institute, for investigative journalists from Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan (in Baku, Azerbaijan)
- PhD ('News Values in Online and Data-visual Journalism') (Brunel University, London)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (Brunel University, London)
- MSc in Information Science, with distinction (City University, London)
- BA(Hons) in English (University of York)
Membership of scholarly societies
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2012-present).
Editorial Board member Journalism Practice
My approach to journalism and communications is theoretically informed by the school of American Pragmatism, and by the work of James Carey. My research concerns two discrete fields of experience:
- The application of informational theories to professional journalism as practiced, and;
- The praxis I developed as a trainer in online research at the BBC (2004-2008).
At present my research is concerned with information visualisation as a communicative form; specifically the use of information graphics in news coverage; an increasingly powerful presence in today's information society.
I have written a range of articles, book chapters (and an encyclopedia entry) on this topic, and am currently researching a theoretically-informed history (for MIT Press) provisionally titled: ‘ The Infographic: A history of data graphics in news and communications’ (in preparation, 2019)
Much of my earlier research was informed by Chicago School-influenced organisational studies of the newsroom, and in particular newsroom ethnography. I undertook participatory research based upon my own experiences and praxis gained from working with professional journalists (and grounded by theories learned while studying the MSc in Information Science, at City University, London).
Throughout my time at the BBC (2004-2008), I was tasked with finding ways of helping journalists deal with information overload, and helping to develop processes of verification in online sourcing (ie contextual background, contributors, online verification etc.). In these studies I was concerned with the interconnection between technology and process within working culture. Much of this earlier research was theory-building in nature.
My PhD ('News Values in Online and Data-visual Journalism') is concerned with how news values are operationalized in online journalism and visual data journalism.
My current research interests include:
- Visual data journalism (news infographics)
- Journalism studies
- Journalism histories, and;
- Journalism pedagogy
I lead teaching on the following modules:
I also contribute to teaching, and supervise students on the following modules:
- MCH3072: Journalism and Media Research Dissertation
- MCH8299: Dissertation for MA Media and Journalism
I am Digital Strategy Director for Media, Culture, Heritage. Prior to this, I was inaugural Degree Programme Director on Newcastle’s Journalism, Media and Culture BA (Hons).
- Dick Murray. The Infographic: A history of data graphics in news and communications. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2019. In Preparation.
- Dick M. Developments in infographics. In: Franklin,B; Eldridge,S, ed. The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies. London: Routledge, 2017, pp.498-508.
- Dick M. Astroturfing in online comment: An investigation. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 2016, 13(1), 32-38.
- Dick M. News values in data journalism, or: zOMG you won’t believe what data is doing to our news…. European Journalism Centre, DataDrivenJournalism.net, 2016.
- Dick M. Just Fancy That: An analysis of infographic propaganda in The Daily Express, 1956-1959. Journalism Studies 2015, 16(2), 152-174.
- Dick Murray. Interactive Infographics and News Values. Digital Journalism 2014, 2(4), 490-506.
- Dick Murray. Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Higher Education, 2013.
- Dick Murray. From Muckraker to misfit: an epistemology of investigative journalism. In: Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies Forum on Intelligence Analysis. 2012, Brunel University, London.
- Dick Murray. The Rebirth of the Beat: A Hyperlocal News-gathering model. Journalism Practice 2012, 6(5-6), 754-765.
- Dick Murray. Content Analysis 2.0: A Framework for Using Wordle. In: AHRC research network conference: Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American Newspapers 1833-1988. 2011, ICOSS, University of Sheffield.
- Dick Murray. Investigative Online Search: CIJ Handbook. London: Centre for Investigative Journalism, 2011. Available at: http://www.tcij.org/resources/handbooks/investigative-online-search.
- Dick Murray. Search Engine Optimisation in UK News Production. Journalism Practice 2011, 5(4), 462-477.
- Dick Murray. Vanishing Point: On the consequences of lost online news in the UK. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics 2011, 8(1/2), 14-19.
- Dick Murray. Investigative online search [Translated into Russian by Emin Milli]. In: Conference for investigative journalists from Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan. 2010, Open Society Institute Azerbaijan.
- Dick Murray. Is the future in bits?. BBC News, 2008.
- Dick Murray, Ward Mark. Web searches for minority groups. BBC News, 2008.
- Dick Murray. Faking News: Avoiding Internet Hoaxes. 2007. Available at: http://static2.docstoccdn.com/docs/24380409/Lecture-3-Faking-News-Avoiding-Internet-Hoaxes.