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Department of Journalism

The 2019 James Cameron Memorial Lecture was given by Isabel Hilton OBE on Wednesday 20th November.

Also listen to Lionel Barber's 2018 lecture 'Too big to fail: free speech and the future of financial journalism'.

Wherever you are in the world, on any given day you are likely to see, hear or read journalism from graduates of City’s Department of Journalism. Each year hundreds of people from diverse backgrounds apply to us who want the best education to enable them to get a great job in the media.

Here at City, we provide an intense and highly focussed education to help you acquire the up-to-date journalism skills needed to enter your chosen area of the media. We have nine MA courses and a three-year BA course all tailored to your needs in online, data, broadcast and print journalism. And alongside the journalism skills, we will push you intellectually during your time with us.

City offers the opportunity to study at a celebrated journalism school, in one of the world’s media capitals with amazing opportunities to meet world famous journalists and join our global network of alumni.

About the department

Graduation, January 2020

Watch the inspirational graduation speech of Michelle Fredman, MA international Journalism, who earned a distinction in her degree while beating cancer twice.

Our Alumni

How does a Journalism degree at City prepare me to work as a journalist? In this playlist some of our alumni talk through their experience at City and what they are doing now.


City’s Department of Journalism is an internationally distinguished, research-driven environment for the study and practice of journalism. Our team is focussed on achieving excellent results in REF 2021, the next assessment of research excellence in UK universities. Our academics conduct research into many aspects of journalism including reporting on humanitarian, science, crime, intelligence, international reporting, investigative journalism and the impact of gender, diversity, conflict reporting, freedom of information, media accountability and transparency, innovation on journalism. The department is currently ranked in the top twenty in the UK, and seventh for research power (a measure based on both research quality and research volume), according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

REF 2014 results, City University London is ranked as the 2nd strongest Sociology Department in London for research
Of research submitted to the REF 2014, 77% was judged to be either 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). Within this figure, fully 100% of our research impact was considered 'outstanding' (4*) or 'very considerable' (3*), a success rate that places the department in the top 12 in the UK for impact. The department's emphasis on providing a world-class setting for staff and students to carry out research also was reflected in the overall Grade Point Average (GPA) in the 'environment' category, with 90% of our submission judged to be 'world leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*).

Research Centres and Clusters

Research within the Department of Journalism is structured into four areas:

Gender and diversity issues in journalism, including related matters of policy and practice (Franks, Howell, Blumell and Lonsdale)

International journalism, including humanitarian news and coverage of conflict (Tasiu, Bunce, Cooper, Franks, Harb, Rodgers and Tumber)

Journalism in the public interest, including policy and practice related to investigative journalism, freedom of information and other regulatory issues, and journalism ethics (Brooke, Felle, Harb, Lashmar, Singer and Tumber)

New and emerging journalism, including innovative forms, models and production methods (Felle, Hewett, Singer, Porlezza and Thurman)

Academic staff and graduate students continue to build on their REF 2014 success with a steady stream of high-quality outputs across all five clusters, including books and book chapters, articles in top-tier academic journals, international conference presentations, workshops and symposia, and the delivery of parliamentary evidence.

Research Seminar Series

Research Students

International Peer-reviewed Journals based in the department

Dr Paul Lashmar

Academic staff

Head of Department

Course Directors

  • Richard Evans - Programme Director for BA Journalism
  • Sally Webb - Director of Broadcasting and head of the MA Broadcast Journalism and MA Television Journalism courses
  • Jonathan Hewett - Programme Director for MA Newspaper and MA Interactive Journalism and Cluster Leader for Print and Digital Programmes
  • Sarah Lonsdale - Programme Director for MA Magazine Journalism
  • Jane Martinson - Programme Director for MA Financial Journalism
  • Dr Richard Danbury - Programme Director for MA Investigative Journalism



Visiting Professors

  • Jane Fuller, Visiting Professor
  • Roy Greenslade, Visiting Professor
  • Barney Jones, Visiting Professor
  • David Lloyd, Visiting Professor
  • Dr Penny Marshall, Visiting Professor
  • Jacqui Thornton, Visiting Lecturer



In alphabetical order:

  • John Battle, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Professor Ivor Gaber, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Professor David Leigh,Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Dr Michael Marinetto, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Martin Moore, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Dominic Ponsford, Honorary Visiting Fellow
  • Associate Professor Barbara Rowlands, Honorary Senior Research Fellow


In alphabetical order:

  • Linda Christmas, Emeritus Fellow
  • Professor Lis Howell, Professor Emeritus
  • Professor Hugh Stephenson, Professor Emeritus

Journalism research staff

Journalism research staff explore a wide range of topics, with a focus on issues relevant to practitioners and audiences.

Dr Paul Lashmar


Newsrooms and studios

Explore some of our specialist Journalism facilities City, University of London. These facilities were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and were praised by the BJTC. Our facilities include: a television studio, four radio studios, two radio broadcast newsrooms, two digital newsrooms and two TV editing and production newsrooms

Read about the new accommodation and facilities which were developed in consultation with experts from the BBC and ITN, and include:

  • a television studio: enabling simultaneous multi-media broadcast and a major expansion in the number of news and current affairs programmes produced
  • 4 radio studios: enabling an increase in output and the potential to explore a permanent radio station
  • 2 radio broadcast newsrooms: high-tech facilities that enable you to learn how to produce a radio programme
  • 2 digital newsrooms: impressive modern facilities that enable you to learn the skills required to produce newspapers, magazines and websites
  • 2 TV editing and production newsrooms: state-of-the-art facilities that enable you to learn about TV production
  • In 2019 we added an interactive news room in collaboration with vSolution MATRIX from WolfVision costing £42,000. Included within the space is a green screen zone, as well as a radio studio integrated with a Dante audio system. In the Newsroom the emphasis is on replicating the professional workplace, with interactive technology on each group table where students produce newspaper articles, magazines pieces and TV and radio programmes about live issues.

Portrait of Jane Singer

Professor Jane Singer

  • Department of Journalism t: +44 (0)20 7040 8221
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