David Brake's Curriculum Vitae

Journalism Professor at Humber College (see below)

Academic-focused summary CV in Word format available here

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Summary of Skills and Experience

Academic Research (see here for full details)

Education & training

Research, editing and writing on technology for business and consumer audiences

Strategic consulting and management of Internet and Interactive TV ventures

Helping non-profits and the public sector use Internet technologies effectively

Creating and maintaining healthy virtual communities to meet business goals

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Employment History

University of Bedfordshire Feb 2011 - Present
Senior Lecturer, Department of Journalism and Communication

•    Co-creator of MA in International Journalism
•    Co-managed tendering process for a £250,000 multimedia newsroom
•    Part of core team which achieved Broadcast Journalism Training Council certification for the BA Broadcast Journalism
•    Course Leader: BA Magazine Journalism, BA Multimedia Journalism
•    Unit Leader: Specialist and Feature Writing, Magazine Publishing, Print Production and Design, Online Publishing, Multiplatform Journalism, Research Methods
•    Teaching undergraduates and masters students across the division, including supervision of final year portfolios and BA and MA dissertations
•    Director of Studies/First Supervisor for one PhD students, co-supervisor of two more.

University of Leicester October 2009 - Jan 2011
Lecturer, Department of Media and Communication

Designing and delivering MA-level lectures and leading MA seminar groups on media depictions of crime, digital cultures and news management, communication and social problems and research methods.

Supervising MA and BA dissertations and MA group work projects.

Web editor for the redesign of the departmental site.

London School of Economics April 2009 - September 2009
Research Support Assistant to Sonia Livingstone, Leslie Haddon

Principally supporting the EU Kids Online project, a €2.5 million pan-European effort. Aided the development of the project’s online group work infrastructure using Google Apps and helped provide technical specifications for an online research repository for the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Concurrently IT Trainer at the LSE - training research students and faculty in web publishing and the use of Office applications.

Advanced Studies in England (affiliated with University College Oxford) Sep 2008 - Dec 2008

Designed and delivered an undergraduate course - “The Media in Britain” for ten undergraduate students.

London School of Economics & University of Bristol 2007 - 2008
Freelance Lecturer

Designed and led advanced workshops for masters students in research methods for the internet. Also led a workshop for graduate students at University of Bristol in the use of Web 2.0 tools for academic research and collaboration.

London School of Economics Sep 2004 - May 2005
Graduate Teaching Assistant

Taught Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications and Globalization, Communication and the Internet to Masters students in seminar groups.

London College of Communication Sep 2003 - May 2004
Associate Lecturer

Developed and delivered lectures and workshops in the Media Ownership and Structure course at MA level. The lectures covered Critiques of the Public Sphere, The Political Economy of the Internet and The Internet and Public Deliberation. Adapted and delivered the first two lectures in the following term for 30 1st year media studies undergraduates.

In addition to marking MA coursework I supervised final year BA dissertations and MA dissertations.

Tempero Sep 2003 - Feb 2004
Messageboard Moderator

Oversaw messageboards and chatrooms for several UK cable television websites and monitored incoming text messages live for ITV's Pop Idol and I'm A Celebrity television programmes.

Which? July 2002 - Oct 2002
Project Leader and Senior Researcher

Researched, wrote and supervised tests of computing, consumer electronics and other products for the Consumer's Association, Britain's leading source of consumer advice and advocacy.

Consultant Feb 2001 - July 2002

Provided strategic web consultancy, virtual community building advice and training - principally to the public and not for profit sectors. Activity during this period included:

Network of the World August 2000 - Feb 2001
Communities Director

Responsible for the creation and development of an internet community based around NOW's TV programming which was streamed and broadcast through digital satellite, and its web content aimed at global broadband users.

Enformatica January 2000 - July 2000
Editorial Consultant, Knowledge Engineering team

Worked in a variety of roles for a small technology incubator whose products included IP-based multicast of business TV to corporate networks (Enfocast), web-based customs clearance and a magazine and newspaper advertising sales engine.

NTL (was Cable & Wireless) July 1999 - January 2000
Editorial Consultant, Digital Television

Worked with the content management team of the world's first commercial interactive TV project (based on technology from Liberate, Andersen Consulting and C & W internal staff).

Open University November 1999 - September 2000
Associate Lecturer

Taught T171 You, Your Computer and the Net.

Freelance Journalist November 1998 - July 1999

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BBC News Online January 1998 - November 1998
Broadcast Journalist

Produced news stories containing audio, video and Internet links for the most popular news website in Europe.

New Scientist July1995 - Dec 1997
Net Editor

Responsible for the launch, management and editorial content of this weekly magazine's web site.

Personal Computer World March 1994 - July 1995
Cutting Edge Editor

Wrote and commissioned for the leading British monthly computer magazine. Managed contributions from an in-house reporter and an international team of freelance journalists.

Personal Computer World September 1991 - March 1994
News Editor

Solely responsible for the monthly 16-page news section, Newsprint. Researched and wrote news, reviews and features based on interviews andconferences here and abroad. Also managed contributions from an in-house reporter, the computer columnist for The Guardian and a US correspondent.

MacUser September 1989 - September 1991
Senior Reporter, Reviews Editor

Started writing news, features based on visits to major companies and reviews of new products for for the market-leading UK Macintosh magazine. Quickly gained an in-depth grasp of the major players and products in the industry and went on to be responsible for commissioning and writing six pages of reviews and features fortnightly.

Which Computer? August 1988 - September 1989
Staff Writer

Wrote news, features, and product evaluations aimed at the non-technical executive wanting to gain an understanding of the direction of the information technology industry.

Woman's Journal May - August 1988

Interviewed numerous celebrities including Cilla Black, Derek Nimmo and Joan Fontaine for articles on how they dealt with stress and on lifeas an expatriate, among other subjects. Also contributed library and cuttingsfile research for features.

Freelance 1988 - 2000

Alongside the full-time work and contract work detailed above I was an active freelance journalist - largely writing about computing and the Internet for publications including Wired, Salon and The Daily Telegraph.

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Education and Training

London School of Economics Oct 2003 - June 2009
PhD Media and Communications ‘As if nobody’s reading’: The imagined audience and socio-technical biases in personal blogging practice in the UK - supervised by Professors Robin Mansell and Nick Couldry.

Also attended several workshops about teaching methods at University of Leicester, the LSE and the London College of Communications in preparation to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

London School of Economics Oct 2002 - August 2003
MSc New Media, Information and Society - Graduated with distinction
An integrated and interdisciplinary education and training in the key social and institutional issues raised by contemporary media and communication and technological change. Courses taught in this Masters included contributions from:

Information Systems - Exploring the social, political and economic context of Information Systems and their global consequences.
Research Methods - Qualitative and quantitative methods (including interviewing, surveys and archive analysis) for use in media and communications research.
Sociology - The core course for the Masters, taught by Prof. Robin Mansell gave analytical perspectives on the social, organizational and economic processes within new media.
Media Studies - Theories and Concepts in Media and Communications and Dr Stephen Coleman's course in Citizenship and the Media, which examined the mass media social structures of communication from the perspective of their relationship to democratic citizenship.

Abstracts and bibliographies of papers written as assignments and my dissertation, Missing the grassroots? Factors shaping the political use of the Internet among UK activists are available here. Copies of the papers are available on request.

Rheingold Associates Nov 2000
Hosting and Facilitating Online Communities - a two week course which took place online.

IPC Nov 1996
One-day in-house Internet law seminar

PMA Training Sep 1991 - July 1995
Several one day courses on libel law, commissioning, editing and writing news and features

Reed Business Publishing January - May 1988
Pre-entry Journalism Training Course

Included writing experience with the South London Guardian as well as training in news and feature writing, interviewing techniques, sub editing, layout, business for journalists and journalistic law.

International Graduate Summer School, University of Oxford Jul - Aug 1987
Britain: Literature, History and Society from 1870 to the Present Day

Trinity College, University of Toronto 1984 - 1987
B.A. (English) 2:1 equivalent

Courses taken included Economics, Sociology, Computer Science and History as well as English.

Extracurricular activities included co-founding the University of Toronto Mensa Society, writing for the college yearbook and the university newspaper, and choral singing.

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Technology skills

Web Software (Mac & Windows):
Familiar with Dreamweaver and FrontPage. Have created and maintain three websites myself: davidbrake.org, blog.org, and the unofficial Media@LSE group weblog, and several mailing lists including the main Bourdieu-related mailing list online.

Other Software (Mac & Windows):
In-depth knowledge of Word, NVivo, Endnote, several web browsers and email packages on both PCs and Macs.
Familiar with Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, SPSS, InDesign and several other packages used over 15 years of software reviewing.

I taught Word, Powerpoint and Frontpage as an IT trainer for three months to staff and students at the LSE.

Academic affiliations

Association of Internet Researchers - Member of Research Ethics Committee
International Communication Association (member)
International Association for Media and Communication Research (member)
European Communication Research and Education Association (member)
Media Communications & Cultural Studies Association (member)
Mediatized Stories Project - Member of a 20-strong international and inter-disciplinary network of scholars with a €535,000 budget led byProf Knut Lundby studying self-representation through digital storytelling.

Reviewer for New Media & Society, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication

Other memberships, interests and skills

Languages: English (native), French (fluent)

Enjoy travel  - I have visited India, Egypt, Israel and Japan as well as much of Europe and North America.
For exercise I practice yoga and cycle.
Have sung with the London Philharmonic Choir, the London Symphony Chorus and the Crouch End Festival Chorus

Citizenships: British, American, Canadian
References: Available on request

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