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City Academic Gains Prestigious European Appointments

Neil Thurman, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Journalism has been appointed as a visiting faculty member by two of Europe’s top academic institutions.
by Hollie Jenkins

Neil Thurman will become a Visiting Professor at the IE University in Segovia, Spain. IE University is recognised as one of the world's top business schools by the Financial Times and The Economist. Its School of Communication has recently started a Master's in Digital Journalism. Neil will teach an intensive short course on that programme and explore possible collaborations with City's Journalism and Informatics programmes.

Neil's second appointment is as Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Communication and Media Research at the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) of Munich, one of Germany's oldest universities. LMU was recently conferred the title of "elite university" under the German Universities Excellence Initiative.

During 2011-12 Neil will give guest lectures at LMU and work on research projects including a follow up to his recent study on news personalisation, which was covered internationally by the likes of The Guardian, and Sweden's Svenska Dagbladet.

Commenting on these appointments, Neil said: "I am delighted to have been invited to work with LMU and IE University. These opportunities will enable me to collaborate with some of the best researchers and most innovative teachers in my field. I hope too that these relationships will ultimately lead to exciting opportunities for students".

Neil's most recent visiting appointment, in Autumn 2009, was to the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. The exchange programme he developed on that visit has allowed four City students to participate in this summer's News21 project at UC Berkeley, an investigative reporting project distributed through innovative forms of multimedia journalism.

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