Andrew Calcutt trained as a magazine journalist back in the days of cow gum and paste-up. He became culture editor of Living Marxism/LM and commissioning editor of Channel Cyberia (one of the earliest online magazines in the UK), before joining the University of East London as its first ‘hackademic’. As a journalism academic, he is concerned ‘for the future of journalism, alongside the future of my students in journalism.’
With the future in mind, Andrew has been experimenting with new forms of journalistic writing. ‘Assuming that the people-formerly-known-as-readers now have free access to basic information and a wide spread of opinion,’ he explains, ‘journalists have to ask themselves what they can do that these people would be willing to pay for. Perhaps journos could develop a form of reporting that is less like a snapshot and more like a painting; not rolling news but so much as a study of it.’ He maintains that finding new forms of journalism is far more important than lobbying for moral reform.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 5.15pm Lecture Theatre 1
The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated
London After Recession: a fictitious capital? (2012) Ashgate
Journalism Studies: a critical introduction (2011) Routledge
Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood (Continuum, 1998)
"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India