About

Hi, I’m Patrick Thornton, and this is my personal blog, focused on the future of journalism and pushing the practice of journalism forward. There are no sacred cows here.

This blog was very active a few years ago, but much of my writing can now be found over at the Interchange Project, a website and podcast on the interaction of technology and the liberal arts.

I am a UI/UX specialist, writer, podcaster, social media researcher, technologist, community builder, journo blogger, thinker and trouble maker. In my day job, I manage social media for Society for Science & the Public and its publications, Science News and Science News for Kids. I also manage the day-to-day Web presence of Science News for Kids and build new features for the site. I’m always looking for new ways to improve the user experience.

My undergraduate education is in journalism and political science, but my master’s work is in human-computer interaction, focusing on usability and social networking analysis. I strongly believe that technology and the liberal arts need to work together.

This blog came to fame as The Journalism Iconoclast. It has undergone several new names since it’s original inception, but in 2013 I started The Journalism Iconoclast up again, focusing on the future of journalism.

I used to run the New York University journalism project BeatBlogging.Org before out grant ran out in 2009.

If you would like to know more about my work or who I am, visit www.patthorntonfiles.com.

If you would like to contact me you can e-mail patrickwthornton (at) gmail (dot) com or find me on Twitter @pwthornton.