This Blog is my artists’ canvas, an opportunity to explore and experiment as I learn how Online Journalism can help people work with each other more effectively to make change happen.
After 13 years working for a large multidisciplinary consultancy I’m returning to university to study for an MA in Online Journalism, so I can follow my dream and help others make use of the online social media environment so we can collaborate and do things better together.
I’m passionate about:
- Data Visualisation
- Performance Measurement
- Local Government
- Open Data
- Highways and Transport
I didn’t choose this course because I love social media and online journalism, I chose it because I was scared of them! Like many professionals in my industry, I felt uncomfortable and uncertain about all these online ‘social’ tools; baring myself online for all to see. Because of this fear, I believe we are missing out on some fantastic opportunities to work together more collaboratively. I see my job as helping to break down barriers to technology and learning to feel comfortable using it to make our jobs easier and ultimately more rewarding.
So, on my journey of discovery please be gentle with me. I will almost certainly mess things up, lose pages, or tweet the wrong links. I may say the wrong things, or write in a confusing style. But all this is exactly the point. I’m making these mistakes so we can learn. I can’t hide – it’s all here, published on the web for all to see. Hopefully something worthwhile will come out of this experiment in the end!