In recognition of their contributions to political debate, Professor Walter White, Dean of the School of Journalism and Drug Abuse at the University of the West of New Mexico and visiting professor at the College for Propaganda Studies in Ayr, has agreed to confer the degree of BA Citizen Journalism on a number of leading political bloggers in Scotland including the combative Stuart Campbell of Wings over Scotland. Campbell has denied he is White’s lovechild.
Professor White (pictured) said: ‘The lines between the amateur and the professional in journalism have become blurred as a consequence of technological advances and of events such as the Arab Spring in 2011 and the Scottish Autumn of 2014. In Scotland the catastrophic decline in mainstream journalism after the death of Ian Bell, has left so-called ‘bloggers’ the champions of investigative, evidence-based, journalism. Consequently, I suggest all so-called bloggers and cybernats refuse these contemptuous descriptors and proudly insist on being referred to as Citizen Journalists’
In recognition of the democratic nature of citizen journalism, anyone feeling left out of the initial virtual awards programme below should email firstname.lastname@example.org to demand and receive the award by return.
Graduating Cohort 29th March 2019
Stuart Campbell with Merit in Martial Arts
Craig Murray with Merit in Human Rights
Paul Kavanagh with Merit in Public Watchdog Methods
James Kelly with Merit in Arithmetic
Mike Small with Merit in Schismatics
Gerry Hassan with Merit in Blairite Studies
Grouse Beater with Merit in Anonymity
Note: Professor Robertson of Talking-up Scotland told us: ‘Get lost sonny!’
Guidance: As soon as I post this you have the award and may use the title.