Lecturer in Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland based mainly in the Ayr campus since January 2017. Teaches on both BA and MA courses, focusing on politics and public affairs and data journalism. Prior to joining UWS worked as a journalist for over a decade for a number of national and international outlets including making investigative documentaries for Channel 4. Has written for numerous publications including the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books and the Guardian.

Author of a number of books, most recently 'the People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again' (Luath, 2015) which was nominated for a Saltire literary award. Regularly appears on TV and radio across a number of networks. Alongside academic work, is a director of the Ferret, a successful co-operative investigative journalism platform based in Scotland.

Holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2008) and has research interests across a number of areas including: data journalism, new journalism models, the media and political identity, and sub-state nationalism. 

Area of research expertise - Outline

Am currently working on an investigation co-operative models as alternative funding sources for journalism and the role of data journalism in investigative reporting contemporary newsrooms. Alongside this, I also write extensively on culture, politics and identity in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Current research activities.

Am currently writing a book chapter on data journalism in Scotland using the Ferret as a model and a conference paper on the role of the media in Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign drawing on personal, on the ground reporting from the campaign trail in the run-up to the November 2016 election.

Desired research direction.

I hope to build on my industry and academic contacts and collaborations to investigate more fully the possibilities for - and challenges to - buiding alternative models for funding journalism in the 21st century.

Target Collaborative Companies (National, International, up to 3).

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The Poynter Institute

Right to Know

The Ferret 

The Bristol Cable 

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