American Journal Namecheck for Scots Journalist

In a debate being conducted by the venerable journal, the American Journalism Review, a Scottish freelance journalist is the first among a list of commentators to be quoted.

The debate is about whether journalists who have conducted an interview by e-mail should declare as such.

And Scottish freelancer, Eamonn O’Neill, is among seven names offering an opinion. O’Neill – a contracted investigative writer for The Herald magazine, a contributing editor for Esquire magazine and a journalism lecturer at Strathclyde and Napier universities – is of the opinion: Yes.

He did as much in an article that appeared in The Scotsman, as far back as 1996. The article happened to be about US politicians campaigning via the internet. Said O’Neill: “I didn’t want to give the impression I was sitting in America interviewing this guy.” Indeed, O’Neill might have been the first journalist ever to have made such a declaration in a newspaper article.

Added O’Neill about being namechecked in the AJR