Andy is part of the Media Innovation Studio team and  teaches Digital and Online Journalism at the Divison of Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire. He’s currently researching the intersection of hyperlocal, journalism and open data.

This is what I look like online

They have had dedicated postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Online Journalism since 1999. They’ve been teaching journalism for a long time before that. In fact they are the oldest journalism school in the UK.

In his spare time he’s been known to  edit TV programmes and provides training for journalists and organisations making the move to Digital.

  • Andy really likes Macs, but doesn’t dislike PC’s
  • Andy mainly uses Avid and FCP or tape and razor blades – he isn’t fussy.
  • Andy uses WordPress to blog.
  • Google Analytics  to manage stats and feeds.
  • He like to tweet at @digidickinson
  • He likes to take pictures and put them on Instagram
  • He does conform to the stereotype and likes sci-fi
  • He is a bit more comfortable than he should be with Escenic CMS

In the little time he has amongst that, he is a geek.

In case you meet me in person, this might give you better idea of what i look like in real life
In case you meet me in person, this might give you better idea of what i look like in real life


Andy is available for help, advice, training and speaking gigs. He’d love to hear from you.

Andy would like to point out that the views expressed in this blog are his own and do not reflect the views of the University or Division of Journalism.


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  1. Andy,
    I think you will be interested in this story for your blog. Let me know if you would like more details about this story. The winners are available for interviews.

    Best regards,

    For Immediate Release
    Media Contact: Jennifer L. Kramer
    Manager of Public Relations and Marketing
    College of Communication and Information
    131 Moulton Hall
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242
    P 330-672-1960
    C 330-714-8302
    E jlkramer@kent.edu

    Two high school students, former scholastic newspaper adviser to receive Courage in Student Journalism Awards
    Kent, Ohio ─ (Nov. 2, 2009) ─ Two high school newspaper editors and a former student newspaper adviser will receive the fifth annual Courage in Student Journalism Awards at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association National Convention in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 14.

    This year’s winners are Seth Zweifler and Henry Rome, the current and immediate past editor in chief of the student newspaper, The Spoke, at Conestoga High School in Pennsylvania, and Barb Thill, former adviser of the student newspaper at Illinois’ Stevenson High School. The student winners will share a $1,000 prize and the adviser winner will receive $1,000 to support student journalists at her school.
    The Courage in Student Journalism Awards are presented each year to student journalists and school officials who have demonstrated exceptional support, despite resistance or difficult circumstances for student press freedom.

    Zweifler and Rome were responsible for some of the most remarkable student journalism published during 2008-09, including Rome’s June 2009 story, “Obligation to Report,” which detailed how a janitor at the local middle school was able to remain on the school district payroll despite multiple run-ins with the law, ending with his arrest on bank robbery charges.
    The article prompted the school administration to propose to demand prior approval of all student newspaper content before publication.

    Zweifler and Rome began a campaign utilizing all of the tools at their disposal – support from Spoke alumni, publicity in the local media and thorough research that responded with facts to the myths and misperceptions on which the district’s proposed policy relied. As a result of their work, the school reconsidered the policy proposal and dropped the requirement for pre-publication review by a school administrator.

    Student Press Law Center Executive Director Frank LoMonte said Zweifler and Rome are deserving of this honor because of their professional caliber and commitment journalistic freedom.
    “These winners exemplify the sad fact of life that provocative, hard-hitting student journalism is often celebrated with retaliation,” LoMonte said. “Exemplary journalistic work was met with a crackdown by administrators who believed that the best way to deal with unpleasant disclosures about their school systems was to stop the disclosures.”

    Thill, former adviser of Illinois’ Stevenson High School’s student newspaper the Statesman, was one of the most respected journalism educators in America when her students came under fire for a January 2009 package of articles documenting the prevalence of casual “hooking up” relations among teens, much of it alcohol-fueled.

    The articles shone a needed spotlight on an issue many parents were in denial about and presented a cautionary portrait of casual sex, including quotes from a school counselor and a local psychologist about lasting damage that could result. School officials set their sights on making an example of Thill and imposed mandatory prior review, robbing students of their autonomy to make the ultimate content decisions with their adviser’s input. As a result Thill chose to step down as journalism adviser.

    For consistently inspiring her students to produce solid, informative journalism that dares to tackle substantive issues, Thill is a worthy recipient of the 2009 Courage in Student Journalism Award, according to Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, Center for Scholastic Journalism at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

    “Thill is an example of the price some of the most talented journalism educators pay for their commitment to teaching quality reporting,” Goodman said. “She is the kind of teacher who prepared young people to be active participants in our democracy. Her school cared more about its image than the truth. All of the students who are missing her training are the ones who ultimately suffer. Her courage and dedication has affected thousands of young people over the course of her career.”

    The awards, which are presented by the Center for Scholastic Journalism, the Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association, will be given at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., before an audience of thousands of high school journalists and teachers.
    About the Courage in Student Journalism Awards
    The presenting sponsor of the Courage in Student Journalism Awards is the Center for Scholastic Journalism. The Center for Scholastic Journalism, a program of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, is a national clearinghouse of information for and about student journalists and their advisers, a research center on issues affecting scholastic media, an educator of journalism teachers and an advocate for student press freedom and the First Amendment. Co-sponsors of the award are the Student Press Law Center and the National Scholastic Press Association. Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has been the only national organization exclusively devoted to providing free legal advice and assistance to student journalists and advisers and serving as an advocate for their free press and freedom of information rights. Founded in 1921, the National Scholastic Press Association and its college division, the Associated Collegiate Press, provide rating services and critical analyses for print and electronic student news media and sponsor the largest annual national conventions for student journalists and their advisers.

  2. Andy,

    Didn’t find your contact details on the site; I came across your series of articles on how newspapers are moving to video in 2008, and found it very interesting. Obviously a little out of date, but I’m a product manager for a video technology company called Edit, and we are working on a video product that I’m interested in targetting at this area and we could perhaps use your help.

    We are NW based, so drop me a line and we can talk in a bit more detail about it



  3. My name is Jon Ornoy, I’m a Vancouver-based documentary producer (Animal Mother Films) currently in production on a film called With Glowing Hearts. WGH uses the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as a backdrop for an exploration of the power of social media to tell stories, empower citizens, and break down the digital divide. The film focuses on four stories of citizen journalists and media collectives working in the city’s impoverished Downtown Eastside who challenge the negative image of the community using social media and affordable technology to bring the power of digital storytelling into their neighbour’s hands.

    Having spent a bit of time on your blog, I think you’d be interested in the stories that are unfolding before our cameras as we examine the very real sense of power which comes from making the transition from just being a consumer of media to being a producer as well. Vancouver is a leading center in the social media world, and it’s been fascinating to see how it’s being embraced and employed here across the board from protests to hospitality houses in what many here are calling “The Twitter Olympics”. I hope you’ll check us out online (or @wghthemovie) to see a bit more about what the project looks like (including some webisodes) and encourage your readers to do the same.

    Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Jon Ornoy
    Animal Mother Films

  4. Hello,

    I am a second year journalism student at Kingston University in London, working on my Research Project.

    I am hoping to find out more about the growth within the use of internet videos, such as news clips from longer news broadcasts on TV, interviews etc.
    Newspapers have started to use this more and more to provide their readers with frequent updates and extended information.

    I came over your blog and read with interest. I like the topics you bring up and would be delighted to use you for my project to learn more about the future of newspaper website’s use of videos/video clips.

    If you would let me ask you a few questions, please contact.

    Thank you for your time and help. Look forward to hearing from you!

    All the best,

    Cecilia Rekdal

  5. Hi Andy,
    I am currently working on a new guide for parents, to bring them the information and advice they need to keep their child safe online. Is Your Child Safe Online? will cover all aspects of new media: from social networking, cyber bullying, chat rooms, to mobile phones, apps, and gaming. This book will inform parents of what their child will encounter online, and tells them the steps they can take to make sure their child is safe, including educating their child about the dangers.

    I am searching for an author for this book – someone who really knows their stuff about this subject, and is a parent themselves. I wondered if you would be interested in finding out more?

    Thanks very much for your help in advance,


  6. Hello Andy,
    My name is Michaela Green, I am a final year Journalism Student at John Moores University, as part of my degree I am undertaking a research project about news archives online.

    I was wondering if you would be able to answer a few questions for the data content of my dissertation. M.green1@2008.ljmu.ac.uk

    Your opinion is invaluable to me, thank you for all your time and help.

    Michaela Green.

  7. Dear Andy Dickinson,

    I understand that you are a very busy person, but I hope you will take the time to look into this. I discovered your blog via journalsim.co.uk and I would really be interested in interviewing you and exchanging some opinons about Journalsim in the age of Web 2.0.

    First of all let me introduce myself to you…
    My name is Madeleine Bieski and I am a Master student at London Metropolitan University, MA Communications Management.

    I will be writing my Master’s dissertation this summer about Public Relations via Social Media Newsrooms, aiming at researching the journalists’ perspective on Social Media Newsrooms as a source for the journalistic work. I plan to do an Onlinesurvey and In-depths Interviews with opinion leading journalists. Therefore I am now trying to find the right contacts.

    If your time allows it, it would be wonderful if you could be one of my interview partners or/and maybe help me to talk to other journalists. The interview would take about an hour and of course it would be confidential.

    Main topics: Do journalists think Social Media Newsrooms are a good source for journalistic research or do they think they are too biased by the companies, which set them up. Why and how or why don’t journalsits use SMNRs? Generally the big question is: Has Social Media and its tools (like SMNRs) improved the journalistic work or is the contrary the case?

    This project is really important to me and I hope I can convince you to become part of it.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you soon and great thanks in advance.

    Kind regards

    PS: If you would like more details about my research plans I can send you more detailed information. Just let me know 🙂

  8. Hello,
    couldn’t find the contact information for you on this site, but wanted to discuss what your plans for the future of MCEngine are. I’ve been using it for quite a while now, and love the functionality, but would love your opinion on some functionality I’d love to see integrated for more organic comments. If you have the inclination to discuss this with me, please shoot me an email. Thanks.

  9. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  10. Hello Andy,
    In order to analyse post-production editing sessions on AVID equipment, I’m looking for guidelines describing relation of screen:editing time in minutes for tv shows. I have different types of programs, eg: news, news review & rap music, for a start. Some of my input is 1:310 (music), and others is 1:115 (news).
    I’ve seen many estimates of 1:60 (1 hour editing to produce one minute screening) including the surveies you posted, so I don’t understand why the data I received is so high. Could you help me? Thank you in advance.

  11. Hi, my name is Abigail and I’m a first year in university for the major of Journalism (:
    I have an assignment where I need to interview a journalist and I was hoping that I could interview you. It’d really be a great help! Thank you very much! Feel free to reply back to my e-mail.

    Questions are below:

    What inspires you to write?

    Is there a specific genre (ex: film, music, world, etc) that you really like to write about?

    How did you come across good information that led to an exceptional story?

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