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Tom Felle

Lecturer in Journalism (Digital)

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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About

Background

Tom Felle is a senior lecturer in print and digital journalism and leads data journalism and social media journalism teaching. He was acting director of the MA Newspaper and MA Interactive Journalism programmes during the academic year 2014/15. Previously he was a career journalist and worked for a decade as a reporter covering politics and as a regional correspondent at the Independent (Dublin); as Bureau Chief of the Leb News Agency (Beirut); and as Deputy Editor of the Irish Echo (Sydney).

He has contributed to a number of books on local newspapers; press regulation; digital journalism; and has co-edited two books on FOI and one book on data journalism.

He was appointed by the Irish Government to sit on a national expert committee examining the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland in 2013.

He continues to write on media issues, contributes to radio regularly and is an active conference speaker.

Tom holds a BSc in Communications from the University of Dublin (Trinity College); a masters degree in politics; and a postgraduate qualification in higher education teaching. He is completing a PhD at City University.

Qualifications

  1. BSc in Communications, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  2. MSc in Politics, University of Limerick, Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  3. PGCHE, University of Limerick, Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Expertise

Geographic Areas

  • Europe - Western

Research

Research

Research Interests

- Local newspapers in the UK and Ireland
- Newspapers in transition; digital journalism
- Media and democracy; media regulation
- Role of social media, 'hyperlocals' and freesheets in democracy
- Freedom of information; the 'right' to know and sunshine laws.

Publications

Books (3)

  1. Felle, T. and Mair, J. (Eds.), (2015). FOI 10 years on: freedom fighting or lazy journalism? Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  2. Felle, T. and Adshead, M. (Eds.), (2015). FOI@15: Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  3. Felle, T., Mair, J. and Radcliffe, D. (Eds.), (2015). Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis.

Chapters (11)

  1. Hayes, K. and Felle, T. (2017). Going digital or going free? Ireland’s newspapers struggle for digital success as the print cliff looms. In Mair, J., Clark, T., Fowler, N., Snoddy, R. and Tait, R. (Eds.), Last Words: How can journalism survive the decline of print? (pp. 245–253). Bury St Edmunds: Abramis ISBN 978-1-84549-696-8.
  2. Felle, T. (2015). Critical perspectives on freedom of information. In Felle, T. and Mair, J. (Eds.), FOI 10 year on: Freedom fighting or lazy journalism Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  3. Felle, T. (2015). Why freedom of information is important for democracy. In Felle, T. and Mair, J. (Eds.), FOI 10 years on: Freedom fighters or lazy journalism Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  4. Felle, T., Adshead, M. and O'Connor, N. (2015). FOI and political culture: still a culture of secrecy? In Felle, T. and Adshead, M. (Eds.), FOI@15: Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  5. Felle, T. and Sheridan, G. (2015). A glass half full or half empty? Citizen's experiences with FOI. In Adshead, M. and Felle, T. (Eds.), FOI@15: Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  6. Felle, T. (2015). Accountability meets engagement: data journalism’s watchdog role. In Felle, T., Mair, J. and Radcliffe, D. (Eds.), Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future Bury St Edmunds: Abramis.
  7. Felle, T. (2014). Old reporting, new methods: how data journalism is keeping an eye on government. In Mair, J., Lance Keeble, R., Bradshaw, P. and Beleaga, T. (Eds.), Data Journalism: Mapping the future Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  8. Felle, T. (2013). Why the internet won't save Ireland's provincial newspapers (but going non-profit just might). In Mair, J., Lance Keeble, R. and Fowler, N. (Eds.), What do we mean by local: The rise, fall and possible rise again of local journalism Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  9. Felle, T. (2012). From boom to bust: Irish local newspapers post the Celtic Tiger. In Mair, J., Lance Keeble, R. and Fowler, N. (Eds.), What do we mean by local? Grassroots journalism, it's death and rebirth
  10. Felle, T. (2012). Ireland's press regulation: an Irish solution to a British problem? In Mair, J. (Ed.), After Leveson: the future for British journalism Bury St Edmonds: Abramis.
  11. Parmar, I., Miller, L.B. and Ledwidge, M. (2009). Introduction. (pp. 1–2). ISBN 0-203-87881-7.

Journal Articles (3)

  1. Felle, T. (2016). Freedom of Information in the UK: Opportunity and Threat. Political Insight, 7(1), pp. 28–31. doi:10.1177/2041905816637458.
  2. Felle, T. (2016). Digital watchdogs? Data reporting and the news media's traditional 'fourth estate' function. Journalism, 17(1), pp. 85–96. doi:10.1177/1464884915593246.
  3. Felle, T. (2014). A Lebanese State of Affairs. Near East Quarterly, 1, pp. 1–14.

Reports (2)

  1. Felle, T. (2017). Media Merger between Celtic Media Newspapers Ltd (CMNL) and Independent News and Media Holdings (Ireland) Ltd - Submission to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland..
  2. Brooke, H. and Felle, T. Evidence submitted to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information..

Other Activities

Events/Conferences (10)

  1. 'Newsonomics of legacy UK and Irish print titles and the battle for survival'. University of Limerick, Ireland (2016).
    Description: Journalism in Times of Crisis conference
  2. Data journalism and its effectiveness, and implications for journalism education. Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (2014).
    Description: From slow journalism to speed journalism - European Journalism Training Association Autumn Conference 2014
  3. Old reporting, new methods: how data journalism is keeping an eye on government. University of Sheffield (2014).
    Description: Data and Statistics in Journalism Education conference
  4. Local radio and public service journalism in Ireland, 1988-2013. University of Limerick (2013).
    Description: Tuning In: 25 Years of Independent Commercial Radio in Ireland
  5. FOI and the Irish Parliamentary System. University of Limerick (2013).
    Description: The Right to Know examining 15 years of the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland
  6. e-learning opportunities in higher education. Athlone, Co Westmeath (2012).
    Description: Higher Education Authority (HEAnet) national conference
  7. Irish regional newspapers and the economic crisis. University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (2012).
    Description: Erasmus mobility
  8. The social media revolution: consequences for African journalism. University of Bedfordshire (2012).
    Description: African Journalism Exchange Partnership conference
  9. Why separating the news from the all that noise has never been so important. University of Limerick (2012).
    Description: Digital or deadwood: Can newspapers survive in the digital age?
  10. Grim reaper? Circulation and decline projections in the Irish regional press 2011-2026. University of Limerick (2011).
    Description: Regional Newspapers in Crisis: Consequences for the public and the journalistic profession' conference

Media Appearances (6)

  1. Open Secrets. Irish Examiner, with Adshead, M.
  2. How Ireland's underpinned press regulation works. Media Guardian (online)
  3. Sky has fundamentally altered Irish ad market. Sunday Business Post
  4. Journalism is under threat unless web leeches start to pay. Irish Independent
  5. Ireland's local newspapers suffer in the transition from print to online. Media Guardian (online)
  6. First rule of journalism was failed. Irish Examiner

Radio Programmes (6)

  1. Garda phone tapping controversy. Live95FM
  2. Press regulation. Live95FM
  3. BAI code and its impact on broadcasting. Live95FM
  4. Local government reform. Waterford Local Radio (WLRFM)
  5. Limerick a 'crime capital' media coverage. Live95FM
  6. Daily Star Kate Middleton controversy. Live95FM

Television Programme

  1. News. Al Jazeera Arabic Discussion of UK media

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