BA (University College London), Senate Award Fellow
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I’ve been teaching broadcast journalism since 1995 and joined the department in September 2001 as Course Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma/MA Broadcast Journalism. My teaching not only gets you to do journalism, to go out and find stories and turn them into great radio, television and online items, but to reflect upon and analyse how journalism works in a multimedia world.
I first stepped into a newsroom as a junior reporter on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in 1975 after training at what was then Richmond College, Sheffield. I qualified as a senior in 1977 and landed my first job in radio at BRMB in Birmingham in 1979, reporting and presenting bulletins. In 1982 I moved to London to freelance while doing my degree in Philosophy and Economics and worked at Independent Radio News, LBC, BBC Radio London and Capital Radio. Straight after completing the course I became Deputy Financial Editor at IRN/LBC and spent the next fifteen years covering business, finance and economics and winning a Wincott Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism along the way in 1989.
After IRN, I joined Thames TV as co-presenter and reporter on The City Programme then moved back to LBC to present The Business Programme. In 1991 I became one of the BBC’s first regional bi-media business and industry correspondents working for BBC local radio and regional television in the Southeast. I’ve also worked on other BBC business programmes on Radio 4 and 5 Live including Wake up to Money and Financial World Tonight.
Since moving into higher education I’ve played several roles in learning and teaching within the department and the wider university. I was the department’s Director of Learning and Teaching between 2003 and 2008, a post I resumed in 2011. I was Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Social Sciences between 2008 and 2010. In 2008, our annual production week won myself and colleagues David Holmes and Bill Carmichael a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Presently I lead and teach on:
- JNL6008 Broadcast News
- JNL6017 Advanced Broadcast News
- JNL6019 Broadcast Journalism Portfolio
- JNL6029 Communicating with the Media
I also contribute to:
- JNL6018 Media Audiences
- JNL309 Portfolio Broadcast Journalism
Publications and external
My practical experience informs both my teaching and research. I’m co-author of Key Concepts in Journalism Studies (Sage, 2005) and co-editor of and contributor to Broadcast Journalism: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2009)
I’ve presented at conferences in Britain and abroad and in 2009 visited The Shenzhen Media Group in China to advise on newsroom convergence.
For the last fifteen years I’ve been closely involved with the body that sets the standards for and accredits broadcast journalism courses, the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) and was Chair from October 2010 to January 2012.
And in 2010 I was invited to become one of the University’s Public Orators.