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Editorial system?  It is mainly myself still, but I now have an Editorial Assistant, Steven Robinson, and am developing a new Editorial Board. This is now becoming a more collective project and the list of Associate Editors, forming in 2014-15, is below. It can get even more collective yet - I have created an opportunity for you all to bring your work and ideas to a broad global audience, please use it! Do let me know if you would like to contribute or even to get some experience in criminological journalism as a correspondent. I had initial support from the Correspondents below, for love not money, who see the vision and want to help build it. But they have their own jobs and lives. If there is anyone out there who likes the CrimeTalk project and would like to help me develop it, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For encouraging and helping me during the first year of CrimeTalk's existence, my warm thanks to Professors Steve Hall, Simon Winlow and Steve Tombs, in the UK, Frank Pearce in Canada, Sebastian Scheerer [Germany] and Dr. Curtis Jackson-Jacobs [USA ]; also Prof. Karen Joe Laidler [Hong Kong], Trevor James, sociology schoolteacher, and Professors (the late) Gil Geis [USA] and Maggie O'Neill [UK].

Associate Editors

.....whose role is to commission, prompt, encourage writing for CrimeTalk, often developing the skills of their students, OR to send us information, research reports, weblinks, conference news, press statements,videos etc, OR to advertise jobs, projects and campaigns with us, OR to raise funds to meet our costs through job adverts, events etc

Tony Amatrudo, Reader in Criminology, Middlesex University

Steve Hall, Professor of Criminology, Teesside University

Kieran Keohane, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, UCC

Ronnie Lippens, Professor of Criminology, School of Sociology and Criminology, Keele University

Maggie O'Neill, Professor of Criminology, Durham University

Frank Pearce, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Steve Redhead, Professor of Sports Media, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Marie Segrave, Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Australia

Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, Open University

Simon Winlow, Professor, Social Futures Institute, Teesside University

David Wilson, Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Birmingham City University

CrimeTalk still needs voluntary correspondents and/or commissioning editors in as many countries as we can reach. I need people to write, commission or generate contributions, to post on their country's crime and justice news and developments, and to tweet useful information, with links, to CrimeTalkEd on Twitter. Maybe also to form graduate discussion groups on particular research topics. An academic or grad student, police officer, lawyer, social worker or journalist would be great. There is no pay but the experience would probably be of career value as well as being very interesting. It would especially suit someone who understands the power and potential of the internet in creating networks and is familiar with Twitter and new social media. So please get in touch with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Does this mean articles are not peer-reviewed like those in academic journals? Yes, but that's only right if you discount my thorough editing as an experienced academic editor, for example as co-founder of Theoretical Criminology and editor of The Blackwell Companion to Criminology, and if you discount the fact that I will gladly organize top-class, meaningful, peer review for any academic who wants it. 

A brief note on policy: students, the public and politics

I want CrimeTalk to be open to students at all levels of their education and development. You will see I have published stuff from even second-year undergrads, and of course by doctoral students. CT represents a great opportunity to get published, to enjoy the pleasure of seeing your work in print and to get some feedback hopefully. Many universities now use CT as a teaching resopurce and that can be a two-way relationship. Students are members of the public and deserve a voice.

Is CrimeTalk partisan, political or ideological? Well, not really. It is public. All views are welcome and, unlike many newspapers and blogs, I will publish stuff I strongly disagree with. Crime, justice and anti-social behaviour have always been the subject of huge differences of opinion.

I call it as I see it in my own writings, but, like most academics, I am deeply committed to a notion of the pursuit of truth and well aware that there are many truths out there. I therefore try to be accurate and fair, and do not, on principle, wish to personalize or individualize what are nearly always general, social or systemic issues. Of course, many of my old friends are lefty academics, but I once quit academia gladly so no-one should assume I want only lefties or academics to write to and for CrimeTalk. Far from it, it would be better for the quality level here if all kinds of people expressed all kinds of views, subject to a rejection of hate speech of any kind: see my Disclaimer. Over many years of teaching in universities, I enjoyed sparring with quality Tories and Liberals. The Left certainly does not have a prerogative on wisdom, any more than the Right has over self-serving stupidity.

Colin Sumner 

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