Tom is a lecturer in New and Digital Journalism at City University London. He is a former career journalist and worked for a decade as a reporter covering politics and as a regional correspondent at the Independent (Dublin); as Bureau Chief of the Leb News Agency (Beirut); and as Deputy Editor of the Irish Echo (Sydney).
He has contributed to a number of books on local newspapers; press regulation; digital journalism; and has co-edited two books on FOI; FOI 10 years on: freedom fighting or lazy journalism (2015, Abramis) and Ireland and the Freedom of Information Act (2015, MUP).
He was appointed by the Irish Government to sit on a national expert committee examining the Freedom of Information Act in Ireland in 2013, and gave evidence to a committee examining the UK's legislation at the House of Commons in 2015.
He continues to write on media issues, contributes to radio regularly and is an active conference speaker.
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