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20122018

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Biography

Richard is the Subject Area Leader for Media, Journalism and Film.

He 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 many others, and established the award-winning Saddleworth News hyperlocal journalism site.

His PhD on court reporting in the UK's local media is being completed through Cardiff University. His preliminary findings were referenced in the Cairncross Review into the future of high-quality journalism. Richard previously taught social media and online journalism skills at the University of Leeds. He has an MA in International Politics from the University of Manchester, and a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds.

Richard is the leader of the first year module Technology, the second year modules Reporting and Writing, and On-Screen Training: Becoming a Presenter, and the final year modules Journalism Innovation, Political Reporting and Investigative Journalism. He was previously the course leader for BA (Hons) Journalism and BA (Hons) Music Journalism.

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 Awards.

Richard is also Chair of the Admissions and Marketing Group for the School of Music, Humanities and Media. He previously acted as the Recruitment Tutor for Media, Journalism and Film, working with local schools and colleges on visits, taster days and other activities.

External positions

External Examiner, London Metropolitan University

20152019

Research Expertise and Interests

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

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