We were asked to look more into the authors of our books (Bruns and Jacobs), so I will be doing so right…now.
I will start with Bruns, because I am going in alphabetical order…and his name is Axel (how cool is that?). Upon first look I came upon this website which features a picture of Bruns, some personal information, a biography, publications, awards, research projects, and supervision. Jackpot!
It looks as if Bruns is still an associate professor of Media, Entertainment, Creative Arts, Media and Communcation at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. They have a phone number and an email for him, but I will not be stalking him on this day. Turns out Axel coined the phrase produsage, which is featured many times in our text. He is also a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCi). Which is a research facility at Queensland University.
He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and a co-editor of A Companion to New Media Dynamics (2012, with John Hartley and Jean Burgess) and our text (Uses of Blogs).
Here is his research blog. He tweets at @snurb_dot_info. This site has more details on his current social media research, as well. Bruns co-found the premier online academic publisher M/C – Media and Culture, which publishes M/C Journal and M/C Reviews, and he serves as M/C’s General Editor. Bruns has served as an Executive Member in the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) and as a Project Leader in the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre. He is a member of the editorial boards of Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, and Digital Journalism, amongst others. He also publishes a column on social media at The Conversation. In other words, this guy is a busy-bee.
He has won 10 awards in relation to his field, as far as I could find. He has been apart of five notable research projects. I am now following him on Twitter.
Next up, Joanne Jacobs.
Wow, other than the back of our book I can not find any information on her. I found a LinkedIn profile that could possibly be her, but I spent nearly an hour looking for her and came up empty. Quite frustrating.