Murray Dick


Lecturer in Multi-Platform Journalism

Room: Gaskell Building 176
Brunel University
United Kingdom
Tel: 01895 265 502
Web: Personal Website


Murray is Admissions Tutor for Brunel's BA (Hons) in Journalism.

Murray is a freelance technology journalist, and a consultant to the news industry in; online search, SEO, social media, data journalism and Computer Assisted Reporting. He is also a member of the editorial board of Journalism Practice, a leading peer-reviewed journal in journalism studies.

Before coming to Brunel, Murray was Information Officer at The Centre for Investigative Journalism, and prior to this he spent five years as a trainer and researcher at the BBC.

He is a keen contributor to the media in his specialisms, having previously contributed to national and local media, trades press and bloggers.

Murray has a BA (Hons) degree in English from the University of York, and an MSc in Information Science from City University, London.

Research and Teaching

Research Overview

Murray' s areas of research interest mirror his teaching interests. As a practioner-researcher, Murray aims to ground theory in practice; and the working practice of online journalists and online activists is central to his research.

Teaching Activity

Murray teaches and trains in online and multi-platform journalism, with a particular focus on:

•  Online search for journalists
•  Search Engine Optimisation
•  Infographics
•  Interactive online journalism
•  Online ethics
•  Verifying online material

Murray has been a training consultant in various specialisms since 2007; today he offers training and expertise to NGOs, the media and charities around the world. 

Some recent examples of such training include:

In October 2013, Murray ran a day-long session in advanced online search for the 101 East investigative journalism strand of Al Jazeera Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur.

In January 2011, Murray ran a series of training sessions in Azerbaijan, courtesy of the Open Society Institute Azerbaijan.   These sessions in advanced online search, newsgathering and hoax-busting, were delivered to 30+ investigative journalists from Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Khazakhstan, and were translated in real-time into Russian.

More about Murray


From Muckraker to misfit: an epistemology of investigative journalism. Presented at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies Forum on Intelligence Analysis, Brunel University, January 2012.

Rebirth of the beat: a hyperlocal newsgathering model. Presented at the Future of Journalism conference, Cardiff University, September 2011.

Content Analysis 2.0: A Framework for Using Wordle. Presented at the AHRC research network conference: Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American Newspapers 1833-1988, at ICOSS, University of Sheffield 14 January 2011.

Vanishing Point: on the consequences of lost online news in the UK. Presented at the Institute of Communications Ethics conference, October 2010.


In May 2011, Murray led a successful bid for funding from Brunel's Academic Practice Development Unit (APDU) Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund. His team were granted £5,890 to develop an application and training programme.



Journal Papers

(2013) Dick, M., Interactive infographics and news values, Digital Journalism forthcoming

(2012) Dick, M., The re-birth of the "beat": A hyperlocal online newsgathering model, Journalism Practice 6 (5-6) : 754- 765 Download publication

(2011) Dick, M., Search Engine Optimisation in UK news production, Journalism Practice 5 (4) : 462- 477 Download publication

Conference Papers

(2010) Dick, M., Vanishing Point: on the consequences of lost online news in the UK, Institute of Communications Ethics conference


(2013) Dick, M., Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online. Palgrave MacMillan

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