Academic work

Returning to the world of academia after ten years’ working in regional newspapers in northern England has focused my research interests on local newspapers and publications, particularly in light of the changes experienced in the industry due to digital technology.

I started working towards my PhD in November 2014 with the working title ‘measuring the impact and efficacy of digital reporting tools on regional UK newspapers’. My focus is now narrowing to specifically look at the power of the digital audience outside the newsroom and the power of the digital innovator within the newsroom. As part of this focus I have presented a paper at the 2015 Future of Journalism conference in the Journalism and Social Media category.

I also teach undergraduates at Leeds Trinity University, currently running the Specialist Magazine module and assisting with Specialist Reporting, as well as working closely with post-graduate students on the Student Newsroom Project run in conjunction with the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Qualifications

2003 – 2:1 MA English and the History of Art, the University of Aberdeen

Conferences

Mojocon, Dublin, March 27, 2015 – attended

News:Rewired, London, July 16, 2015 – attended

Future of Journalism, Cardiff, September 10 – 11, 2015 – presenting paper
Title:   ‘Digital tipping point’: The balance of priority between traditional and digital journalism skills at local UK newspapers.

Committees/groups

Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, Leeds Trinity University

Journalism Studies research group, the University of Leeds

Visual and Digital Cultures research group, the University of Leeds

Press/media coverage

Guardian, September 17, 2015: Regional newspaper publishers are seeking digital skills – at last

Hold the Front Page, September 17, 2015: Regional press reaches digital skills ‘tipping point’ claims survey

Hold the Front Page, February 2, 2015: BBC accused of ‘knifing industry in back’

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