[lg policy] Fwd: Appropriate Sources in the Media

Julia Sallabank js72 at SOAS.AC.UK
Wed Aug 24 10:50:14 UTC 2011

Dear colleagues

There has been some interesting discussion of 'language in the riots' on
this list recently. I've been contacted by a journalist looking for 'someone
who specialises in sociolinguistics to comment on David Starkey's recent
remarks on Newsnight'. Would anyone like to contact him? (see below)

Best wishes


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sam Butler <sambutler1983 at googlemail.com>
Date: 22 August 2011 15:52
Subject: Appropriate Sources in the Media
To: js72 at soas.ac.uk

Dear Dr Sallabank,

I was referred to you by my mother [ name deleted ], one of your MA

I am a freelance journalist and criminologist, have worked at Al-Jazeera
English and regularly blog for the Huffington Post on issues related to
criminal justice, criminology and penology.

Currently I am writing an article on the lack of criminologists as sources
in relation to reporting on the recent riots (which I intend to pitch to
national papers). In order to highlight the importance of using appropriate
sources when analysing events, I was hoping to find someone who specialises
in sociolinguistics to comment on David Starkey's recent remarks on

As an historian specialising in the Tudor period, I feel it is questionable
that he was given such platform to comment on an area well outside his
purview and I would like to include a quotation on this from a linguistic
academic. Would you be willing to be quoted in my article, or could you
refer me to someone else if you feel that they would be better suited?

Any help that you may be able to afford me would be gratefully received and
I will understand if you do not wish to be quoted in the public sphere.

Many thanks.


Sam Butler
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