Richard Jones

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Personal profile


Richard joined the university in 2013 having worked in online, radio, TV and print journalism. He was variously a journalist, producer and broadcaster for Sky News, BBC Radio 5 live and Xfm among others, and established the Saddleworth News hyperlocal journalism site. He previously taught social media and online journalism skills at the University of Leeds. Richard has an MA in International Politics from the University of Manchester, and a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds.

He was a fellow at the 2017 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, held at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, part of Arizona State University. Since 2017 he has been one of the judges of the RTS Yorkshire Awards.

Richard is the leader of the first year module Journalism Technologies and the third year module Journalism Innovation.

He is also the Recruitment Tutor for the Department of Media, Journalism and Film, meaning he often goes to schools and colleges to hold workshops with A-Level and BTEC students, as well as holding taster days for them on campus.

External positions

External Examiner, London Metropolitan University

2015 → …


  • journalism
  • hyperlocal
  • courts
  • media law
  • social media

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sensationalist journalism Social Sciences
book review Social Sciences
campaign Social Sciences
election Social Sciences
Journalism Arts & Humanities
News Arts & Humanities
Web Sites Arts & Humanities
Toddlers Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2012 2018

  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Chapter

Book Review: Justices and Journalists: The Global Perspective by Richard Davis (ed.) and David Taras (ed.)

Jones, R., 2018, In : Entertainment Law Review. 29, 8, p. 271-272 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Book Review: All The Truth Is Out by Matt Bai

Jones, R., May 2016, In : Journalism Education. 5, 1, p. 193-194 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
sensationalist journalism
book review

Interviewing the PM with toddler in tow: An experiment in hyperlocal journalism

Jones, R., 2012, What Do We Mean By Local?: Grassroots journalism - Its death and rebirth. Mair, J., Fowler, N. & Reeves, I. (eds.). Abramis

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Web Sites