User talk:Brian McNeil

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Welcome back to Wikiversity[edit source]

Hello, Brian. I reckon you are the same as User:Brianmc who participated here once or twice before. Welcome back to Wikiversity. —Caprice 11:48, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

  • And, you'd be right. ;-) I simply could not be bothered when renaming to chase down all my accounts cross-project.
I must say, the Journalism school is a pig's breakfast layout-wise. Not to mention some of the atrocious grammar - some of which I've corrected. As there seems to have been some namespace hackery, the page has a load of dead-end edit links. Lemmie see if I can start resolving that. --Brian McNeil / TALK: Here ~ There 12:11, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
  • I would add, Caprice, that I'm also the curmudgeonly git who chased one of your alter-egos off Wikinews due to fundamental failure to understand the project's inner workings, and waffling in the extreme. Don't bring up the subject of ethics in journalism until you've obtained a signed-in-blood, legally notarised, promise to tell the truth from Andy Coulson. :-D --Brian McNeil / TALK: Here ~ There 12:34, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
Who is Andy Coulson (and why is he not a source of reliable information)? —Caprice 12:41, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
  • I suggest following the link to his Wikipedia biography; I was referring to ethics, not reliability. --Brian McNeil / TALK: Here ~ There 12:51, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
I did follow the link, but (as you probably know), Wikipedia is not a trustworthy source of reliable information on the backstory of living people. However, it may (on occasion) be a source of amusing information, misinformation, or disinformation on juicy scandals. As to ethics in journalism and mass media ethics, I trust you will find appropriate resources on those topics to flesh out the languishing course materials here on Journalism. —Caprice 13:30, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Hey[edit source]

Welcome back. If you need anything, I'm still use skype. :) Ottava Rima (talk) 16:14, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Hi Ottava; right now I've rarely got Skype access. What I'm hoping to do on WV is put together a structure for a short series of workshops on contributing to Wikinews. I was 'fishing' in my local Edinburgh library, and could easily - for free - book their Connect PC lab of 13 machines for every Friday afternoon in February. WM UK may assist funding printed material, and I'd hope to start this as a much more proactive recruitment campaign.
Right now, I'm picking out a reading list - with the intent that some is online, all available via local libraries, and I've 'recruitment fliers' up mid-January. All going well, and assuming a 33-50% dropout rate, I get a half dozen people covering news from Scotland on Wikinews.
Postscript: What is the story with my initial "greeter"? You might want to answer that by email. I don't want to kick life into the embers of a wiki-drama, and would value some 'sane' situational awareness. --Brian McNeil / TALK: HereThere The Other Place 18:57, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
It might help if you knew that Caprice = Moulton. :) We'll be in touch when I get a chance. I had something similar to a guide on writing Wiki pages, by the way. I never finished it, but it is kinda pointless for me to do so with my current status. :) Ottava Rima (talk) 19:50, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
  • The 'nom-de-plume' list dost not help; I worked that out hours ago (What sort of journalist would I be if I didn't ;-D).
Anyway, since we last 'crossed swords',I've been to the local Uni open day and chatted with the Prof on their journo course (Her comment: "I recognise your byline, straight into 3rd or 4th year"); been interviewed by someone from the Reuters Institute at Ox, and caused merry hell for many. --Brian McNeil / TALK: HereThere The Other Place 19:59, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Pics[edit source]

Good good. :) Not the best pictures but glad you received them. If you want me to upload them to Commons, let me know. :) --LauraHale 10:50, 11 December 2011 (UTC)