Mr Tom Felle

BSc, MA

 
researcher
 

Biography

Tom Felle is Head of Journalism at NUI Galway. A former career journalist and foreign correspondent, he started his career with the Connacht Tribune and worked with the Irish Independent in Ireland for six years. He was Deputy Editor of the Irish Echo in Sydney from 2001 to 2004, and from 2006-2008 he served as Bureau Chief of the Leb News Agency in Beirut, Lebanon. He has worked in higher education since 2009.
His research interests include digital news, verification, data-driven journalism, so-called "fake news" and dis-information, and trust, transparency and accountability in democracy.  He sat on an expert committee that advised the Irish government on FOI in 2013, and has given testimony in the House of Commons in the UK on the importance of FOI for a strong democracy. He has published various book chapters, academic articles and edited three books.  

Research Interests

* Trust, transparency and journalism's role in the democratic process
* Data-driven journalism
* Social media, social newsgathering and audience development
* Verification, misinformation and disinformation

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Freedom of Information in the UK: Opportunity and Threat'
Felle, T (2016) 'Freedom of Information in the UK: Opportunity and Threat'. Political Insight, 7 :28-31 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Digital watchdogs? Data reporting and the news media's traditional 'fourth estate' function'
Felle, T (2016) 'Digital watchdogs? Data reporting and the news media's traditional 'fourth estate' function'. Journalism, 17 :85-96 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'A Lebanese State of Affairs'
Felle, T (2014) 'A Lebanese State of Affairs'. Near East Quarterly, 1 :1-14 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future.
(2015) Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future. : Abramis. [Details]
(2015) FOI 10 years on: freedom fighting or lazy journalism?.
(2015) FOI 10 years on: freedom fighting or lazy journalism?. : Abramis. [Details]
(2015) Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act.
(2015) Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Going digital or going free? Ireland's newspapers struggle for digital success as the print cliff looms'
Hayes, K and Felle, T (2017) 'Going digital or going free? Ireland's newspapers struggle for digital success as the print cliff looms' In: Last Words: How can journalism survive the decline of print?. Bury St Edmunds: Abramis. [Details]
(2015) 'Accountability meets engagement: data journalism’s watchdog role'
Felle, T (2015) 'Accountability meets engagement: data journalism’s watchdog role' In: Abramis. [Details]
(2015) 'Why freedom of information is important for democracy'
Felle, T (2015) 'Why freedom of information is important for democracy' In: Abramis. [Details]
(2015) 'Critical perspectives on freedom of information'
Felle, T (2015) 'Critical perspectives on freedom of information' In: Abramis. [Details]
(2014) 'Introduction'
Nolan, M and Kimber, J (2014) 'Introduction' In: Informa UK Limited. [Details]
(2014) 'Old reporting, new methods: how data journalism is keeping an eye on government'
Felle, T (2014) 'Old reporting, new methods: how data journalism is keeping an eye on government' In: Abramis. [Details]
(2013) 'Why the internet won't save Ireland's provincial newspapers (but going non-profit just might)'
Felle, T (2013) 'Why the internet won't save Ireland's provincial newspapers (but going non-profit just might)' In: Abramis. [Details]
(2012) 'Ireland's press regulation: an Irish solution to a British problem?'
Felle, T (2012) 'Ireland's press regulation: an Irish solution to a British problem?' In: Abramis. [Details]

Teaching Interests

Tom leads the following modules in 2019:

Undergraduate
* This is the News (first year)
* Web Journalism (second year)

Postgraduate
* Journalism Bootcamp
* Political Reporting