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Gary Merrill


Totally Different But Exactly The Same: journalism since the dawn of the digital revolution

Gary James Merrill is a freelance writer, academic and researcher. As a journalist Gary has covered politics, business, the media and travel, and his work has been published in the Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, the Taipei Times, the Big Issue and elsewhere.

Advances in technology over the last 20 years have had a huge impact on the news media. These days it is hard to imagine how journalists ever managed without smart phones, email, Google and a host of other digital tools of the trade. And yet, if you scratch the surface you’ll discover that journalism remains a people-centric profession, and the product of journalism – news – has changed surprisingly little.

In this talk, Gary Merrill combines over two decades of personal experience as a journalist with a variety of academic research. He argues that the news media is in a constant state of transition which has significant implications for everyone, particularly those considering careers in journalism.

The first half of Gary's professional life – from 1990 to 2003 - was spent writing about the technology industry, as a feature writer, PR consultant and copywriter. For much of the second half, he has taught journalism at British universities, and in 2015 he completed a PhD in economic and business journalism at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

This Industry Seminar will be taking place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 from 3 – 4pm in the Lecture Theatre at Bankfield House.


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