Friday 24 July 2015

PL gets his hands dirty as rookie archaeologist

At Druce Roman Villa 23 July 2015


Thursday 02 July 2015

I will be hosting ESRC funded major seminar on Privacy and Surveillance at Brunel on Wednesday.

Media Agenda-Building, National Security, Trust & Forced Transparency

Seminar 3 in the DATA PSST! series

How, when secretive intelligence methods are made public, as with Snowden’s (2013) revelations, do governments respond to maintain public trust? Led by Journalism and Security theorists and practitioners, we will explore state attempts to manage public and political opinion of secretive national security and intelligence surveillance methods; and examine implications of forced transparency for whistle-blowers, journalists, debate on national security issues, and trust in government agencies.
Brunel all day July 8.

Led by Dr Vian Bakir and Paul Lashmar.

To go to website click here

Saturday 13 June 2015

Paul will be chairing two highlights of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer School sessions

Brunel’s Paul Lashmar will be chairing two keynote session of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s Summer Conference, including with the journalist who broke the FIFA corruption story.   1. Paul will be in conversation with the investigative reporter, Andrew Jennings and will talk to him about his fifteen year investigation into FIFA. Friday 3 July PM.   2. The HSBC Leaks panel with David Leigh, James Oliver and Herve Falciani.

Date Sat 4 July: 12:00 – 13:00. This was the major investigation of a few months back that revealed that HSBC helped rich clients evade tax.    

Paul Lashmar is subject leader for Journalism@Brunel, an award winning investigative journalist and now a research academic. As a multimedia journalist he covered many of the major stories of the last 30 years. He is an adviser to TCIJ.   “I have known Andrew, David and James for many years and they are all exceptional journalists who have consistently broken major stories.

They are examples of what great journalism is all about, as they are relentless, smart and act in the public interest. These sessions promise to be fascinating, plus there will be one or two amusing anecdotes from the past,” he says.  This is the UK’s only investigative journalism training conference for journalists and any one interest in improving their investigative skills.

The Summer School takes place on 2-4 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.   Tickets available from:

Sunday 31 May 2015

Lord Acton and me

When I was a student one of my lecturers, Richard Fletcher, quoted Lord Acton’s dictum “Power tends to corrupt, absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely” and told me it was the journalist' job to bring the powerful to account. This has been my life’s work and it continues to this day underpinning my teaching.

Monday 11 May 2015

Very pleasing review of the journalism text book I coauthored with Steve Hill

Book review: Online journalism: The essential guide
Steve Hill Paul Lashmar , Online journalism: The essential guide. London: Sage, 2014. 304 pp. ISBN 978-1-4462-0734-5.
  1. Lily Canter Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Such is the nature of online journalism that every time a new book on the subject is published it is immediately out of date. It is also a slightly awkward contradiction to have a printed tome, demonstrating the skills and knowledge required to become a successful online journalist.

The static black-and-white pages (printing in monochrome itself seems anachronistic) contain no videos, no hyperlinks, no comment threads and none of the other interactive, participatory and multimedia elements that come with Web and Internet-based news. Yet this is something that the authors wisely acknowledge from the start and it would be wrong to claim that the book lacks interactivity. As well as the increasingly common companion website (in this instance, [link]), the book contains QR codes throughout the text, which link to relevant pages on the website and can transport the reader there directly via a smartphone or tablet.

Whether a gimmick or a useful tool it sets the tone of the book, which readily acknowledges that the traditional world of static publishing has undergone fundamental change. Written in a chatty and informal style the textbook is easily accessible to students (or ‘early career journalists’ as they are referred to in the introduction) and …

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