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Dr James Morris

Lecturer in Digital Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr James Morris is Pathway Director of the MA, Interactive Journalism at City, University of London. Previously, he was course leader for the BA in Web Media Production at Ravensbourne University. He has a PhD in Philosphy, Art and Social Thought from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, a Master's in Media Arts from the New School in New York, USA, and a Bachelor's in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. He has worked extensively as a technology journalist, including spending five years as editor of the UK's leading computing magazine, PC Pro. He also runs a successful commercial video and online digital content production company, t-zero communications Ltd, whilst continuing to contribute technology-focused written journalism articles to a number of print and online publications.

Dr Morris has also worked on many industry projects, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company and London Symphony Orchestra. For the RSC, he managed the Ravensbourne end of a collaboration where Shakespeare plays are streamed into schools, with the performance of Richard II reaching over 30,000 school students. For the LSO, he developed an experimental video and music website for the St Luke's venue. In February 2017, he created an online experience for the ARIA award-nominated podcast Blood Culture, including an interactive narrative delivered via SMS text message. He is currently working on an art and history video installation, Temporal Chaos, in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He presented his ideas on narrative in the digital age at SXSW Interactive in March 2015, and has spoken around the world about his work, including at EVA in Berlin and Florence, as well as the Second Heritage Science Conference in Singapore. His book "Can Computers Create Art?" was published by Atropos Press in 2009.


  1. PhD, Philosophy, Art and Social Thought, European Graduate School, Switzerland, Jul 2007
  2. MA, Media Arts, New School, United States, Jul 1992
  3. BA, Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom, Jul 1990


  1. Pathway Director, MA Interactive Journalism, City, University London, Sep 2019 – present
  2. Lecturer, Digital Journalism, City, University of London, Sep 2017 – Sep 2019
  3. Course Leader, BA (Hons) Web Media Production, Ravensbourne, Sep 2010 – Sep 2017
  4. Director, t-zero communications Ltd, Sep 2006 – present
  5. Sessional Lecturer, Ravensbourne, Mar 2005 – Aug 2010
  6. Editor, PC Pro Magazine, Dennis Publishing, Jul 1999 – Feb 2004
  7. Reviews Writer / Deputy Reviews Editor / Labs Editor / Deputy Editor, PC Pro, Dennis Publishing, Sep 1995 – Jul 1999
  8. Coordinator of Interpretive Teaching, Museum of the Moving Image, Jun 1992 – Jul 1993
  9. Research Intern, Rolling Stone, Jan – Dec 1991



  1. Morris, J. (2009). Can Computers Create Art?

Journal articles (3)

  1. Morris, J. (2020). Simulacra in the Age of Social Media: Baudrillard as the Prophet of Fake News. Journal of Communication Inquiry pp. 19685992097715–19685992097715. doi:10.1177/0196859920977154.
  2. Morris, J. (2017). Technologies of engagement: how hybrid networked media is not (just) remediation. Journal of Media Practice, 18(1), pp. 41–50. doi:10.1080/14682753.2017.1305839.
  3. Feinstein, K. and Morris, J. (2016). Developing a narrative experience in a post-media environment. 2016 22nd International Conference on Virtual System & Multimedia (VSMM). doi:10.1109/vsmm.2016.7863180.