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My area of expertise is the RMS Titanic, specifically the media coverage of the disaster. This is an interesting subject area as the disaster occured on the cusp of major changes in the reporting of major disasters. Wireless and photography were in their infancy so although they did manage to play a part in the conveyance of information to both sides of the Atlantic there were many inaccuracies and the full true story did not emerge until 4-5 days after the sinking of the ship. This inevitably caused much confusion, false hope and anguish to relatives and officials. However, the unfolding of the disaster in the press is an interesting area and is an important part of the whole subject. I also have a good knowledge of the titanic in general, from its conception to the final hours

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I have worked as a public relations officer/editor for the past 20 years. I have also worked in newspapers and at the BBC as a Researcher for a current affairs programme. As part of a post graduate diploma course in the History of Press in Britain at Birkbeck College (University of London) I submitted an extended essay on this subject for which I received a distinction.


Member of the Institute of Public Relations


Business and Local Government magazines and newspapers Local newspapers


BA History of Art in the Modern Period - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK - 1983 Diploma in the History of Press in Britain - Birkbeck College, University of London - 1998

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2014-05-21 substandard hull:

Hello, this is out of my area of expertise but I will chip in what I can.    Firstly White Star never advertised The Titanic as being unsinkable.  In 1911 a nautical magazine described the system of watertight

2013-03-21 radar:

Nate,    Radar was invented in the early 20th century but was not implemented in ships until the 1930's.  So this was not available on the Titanic.  Todays radar or sonar would have been able to detect

2013-03-20 Effects on shipbuilding:

Hello James,  I am not an expert on the structural engineering involved in building ships so you may need to pose this question to someone who specialises in this category, however, I will try and help

2012-10-29 Titanic:

I think that it was interesting the many newspapers on the East Coast of the USA printed front pages saying that the ship had been saved and was being towed into Halifax.  It was several days before the

2012-10-26 Funnels:

When the Titanic was launched the men were told to move out from under the hull.  The foremen counted the men but one was found to be missing.  James Dobbins had been trapped by a large wooden post that


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