John Mair is one of the most prolific editors of books on modern journalism in Britain today. This publication is his 24th ‘hackademic’ text; he is currently putting together the 25th – on ‘Anti-Social Media’. The books bring together the work of journalists and academics to discuss vital issues such as data journalism, Brexit, Trump and the media, the death of print and the Leveson Inquiry. The genre he invented – with books jointly edited with Richard Tait, Tor Clark, Richard Lance Keeble, Raymond Snoddy and others – is widely recognised as constituting a major addition to contemporary journalism studies. John has practised journalism at the BBC, Channel Four and other broadcasters and taught it at the universities of Coventry, Westminster, Brunel, Kent and Edinburgh Napier. He has judged the British Press Awards, the British Journalism Awards, the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards and helped to set up the Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture and Scholarships.