Jack Schofield

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Jack Schofield
Nationality British
Occupation Freelance journalist
Notable credit(s) Edited various photographic magazines throughout the 1970s
Website http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/jackschofield
recorded November 2012

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Jack Schofield is a British technology journalist and former computer editor[1] for The Guardian newspaper, for whom he started writing a weekly computer column in 1983.[2] He joined the staff to launch the newspaper's computer section in 1985. Schofield was also one of The Guardian's first bloggers, launching the 'Online' blog with Neil McIntosh in 2001.[3]

He left full-time employment with The Guardian in June 2010, as part of a round of voluntary redundancies at the paper,[4] but contributes the column "Ask Jack"[5] to advise people concerning their computer problems. He specialises in the following areas: Internet, computing, handheld computers, and video games. He also writes on technology related issues, also covering his interests of photography and audiophile hi-fi, including some work for The Guardian's sister Sunday paper, The Observer.

Raised in Bradford, he began writing at Belle Vue Boys' School, for the school magazine, The Voice. After earning his BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Birmingham in 1970, he gained his MA from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He has written several computing and photography books. Schofield edited and contributed to a number of photography publications in the 1980s and 1980s and is a former editor of The Royal Photographic Society's Photographic Journal.

At one time he held an unofficial world record for the most unread emails (at 30,422) but his record has since been broken.[6]


  • 1970s Edited various photographic magazines throughout the 1970s including, Photo Technique, Photographic Journal of the Royal Photographic Society, Film Making, ZOOM, and You and Your Camera.
  • 1983 Practical Computing editor.
  • 1985 Launched Computer Guardian.
  • 1994 Computer Guardian became part of the 'Online' tabloid supplement.
  • 2000 Editor, TechnologyGuardian.
  • 2001 'Online' blog
  • 2005 Section renamed 'Technology' with the relaunch in Berliner format.
  • 2010 Leaves the Guardian after 25 years on staff
  • 2010 Begins blog at ZDNet[7]

He has also written regular columns for Practical Photography, Computer Weekly, Personal Computer World and several other publications.


  • Schofield, Jack; Campbell, Duine (1971). The Midas touch. Leicester (39 Connaught St., Leicester) :: Offcut Press,. pp. [15]p. : illus ; 20cm. ISBN 0-901077-07-0. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1981). The Darkroom book the comprehensive step-by-step guide to processing your colour or black-and-white photographs. London :: Spring Books,. pp. 256p : ill(some col.) ; 29cm. ISBN 0-600-35399-0. 
  • Angeloglou, Christopher; Schofield, Jack (1982). Successful nature photography how to take beautiful pictures of the living world. London :: Collins,. pp. 240p. : ill.(some col.) ; 29cm. ISBN 0-00-411899-5. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1982). Photographing people how to take successful pictures of those around you. London :: Hamlyn,. pp. 240 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm. ISBN 0-600-38473-X. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1982). Nude and glamour photography. London :: Collins,. pp. 96p. : chiefly col.ill. ; 28cm. ISBN 0-00-411639-9. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1983). How famous photographers work. London :: Collins,. pp. 256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. ISBN 0-00-411768-9. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1985). The Guardian guide to microcomputing. Oxford :: Blackwell,. pp. xi,227p ; 24cm. ISBN 0-631-14303-3. 
  • Schofield, Jack (1999). The Hutchinson dictionary of computing, multimedia and the Internet. (3rd ed.). Oxford :: Helicon Books,. pp. 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. ISBN 1-85986-287-X. 
  • How Famous Photographers Work


  1. ^ "On continuing Ask Jack….". London: The Guardian. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "How was the year 2000 on the net?". The Guardian (London). c. 2001. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Profile of Neil McIntosh from Allmediascotland.com"
  4. ^ Schofield, Jack (24 May 2010). "I'm taking voluntary redundancy and going freelance". Twitter.com. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Schofield, Jack (29 July 2008). "Ask Jack". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  6. ^ http://urdb.org/world-record/unread-emails-an-inbox/2961
  7. ^ "Jack Schofield profile". ZDNet. Retrieved 15 December 2011. Member since 21 June 2010 [...] In 1983, [Schofield] started writing a weekly computer column for the Guardian [...] 

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