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Dr James Rodgers

Leader, International Journalism Studies

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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AG39, College Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr James Rodgers spent twenty years as a journalist: five for Reuters Television, and fifteen for the BBC where he worked as a reporter, editor, producer, and presenter. He spent most of his BBC career (1995-2010) as a foreign correspondent, completing postings in Moscow, Gaza, and Brussels.

His areas of specialist knowledge as a journalist are Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the Gaza Strip where, as the BBC's correspondent from 2002-2004, he was the only international journalist permanently based in the territory. He covered all the major stories of post-Soviet Russia, including the breakup of the USSR in 1991, the two wars in Chechnya, the rise of Vladimir Putin, and Russia's war with Georgia in 2008. While based in Gaza, he also reported from Israel and the West Bank. In 2001, he was in New York and Washington to cover the aftermath of the attacks of September 11th. He was the first BBC journalist to report from the village where Saddam Hussein was captured in December 2003.

While at the BBC, he worked for all BBC news outlets on television, radio, and the internet.

Dr Rodgers has also written numerous articles for the BBC website, and reported for BBC News programmes on TV and radio.

Dr Rodgers holds a BA (Hons) and an MA from the University of Oxford, where he studied Modern Languages (Russian and French). In 2013 he completed his PhD by prior output, 'Reflective journalistic practice in an environment of uncertainty and change,' at London Metropolitan University.

He has a postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) in Teaching and Learning for Higher Education.


  1. PhD by prior output 'Reflective Journalistic Practice in an Environment of Uncertainty and Change', London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2012 – 2013
  2. PG Cert Teaching and Learning for Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 2012
  3. BA (Hons) Modern Languages (Russian & French), MA, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 1984 – 1988


Research interests

- The reporting of conflict
- The effects of changing technology on the editorial process
- Journalism in Russia


Books (3)

  1. Rodgers, J. (2015). Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the israeli-palestinian conflict. ISBN 978-1-137-39512-2.
  2. Rodgers, J. (2013). No Road Home: Fighting for land and faith in Gaza. Bury St Edmonds: Abramis. ISBN 978-1-84549-580-0.
  3. Rodgers, J. (2012). Reporting Conflict. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-27446-4.

Chapters (5)

  1. Rodgers, J. (2017). Limited Perspectives: Reporting Gaza. Reporting the Middle East: The Practice of News in the Twenty-First Century (pp. 123–141). London: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 978-1-78453-272-7.
  2. Rodgers, J. (2014). From Perestroika to Putin: Journalism in Russia. Media Independence
    Working with Freedom or Working for Free?
    Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-02348-2.
  3. RODGERS, J. (2011). 'The fog of propaganda: attempts to influence the reporting of the Arab Spring, and how journalists should see through it'. In Mair, J. and Keeble, R.L. (Eds.), Mirage in the Desert? Reporting the 'Arab Spring' (pp. 94–100). Abramis. ISBN 978-1-84549-514-5.
  4. Rodgers, J. and Thurman, N. Citizen Journalism in Real Time? Live Blogging and Crisis Events. Citizen Journalism: Global Perspectives, Volume Two New York: Peter Lang.
  5. Rodgers, J. The downfall of the News of the World: the decline of the English newspaper and the double-edged sword of technology. In Brake, L., Kaul, C. and Turner, M.W. (Eds.), The News of the World and the British Press, 1843-2011
    'Journalism for the Rich, Journalism for the Poor'
    (pp. 266–279). ISBN 978-1-137-39203-9.

Conference papers and proceedings (5)

  1. Rodgers, J. (2014). From Perestroika to Putin: journalism in post-Soviet Russia. 25 Years After: The Challenges of Building the Post-Communist Media and Communication Industries 20-22 November, Prague.
  2. Rodgers, J. (2013). From Stalingrad to Grozny: patriotism, political pressure, and literature in the war reporting of Vassily Grossman and Anna Politkovskaya. Media, War & Conflict's Fifth Anniversary Conference 11-12 April, Royal Holloway, University of London.
  3. RODGERS, J. (2012). They want it yesterday: 24-hour, multiplatform, news and the editorial process. Social Media, Journalism and Communication Practitioners - International Symposium’ 7 September, Canterbury Christ Church University.
  4. RODGERS, J. (2012). Let journalists be journalists, and let lawbreakers be prosecuted: why statutory regulation should not be a consequence of the hacking scandal. After phone hacking, what next? 29 May, University of Westminster.
  5. RODGERS, J. (2012). The decline of the English newspaper: the press turned secret police.
    The double-edged sword of technology, and the downfall of the News of the World.
    News of The World study day 24 February, King's College, London.

Journal articles (13)

  1. Rodgers, J. (2019). ‘Russia is all Right’. Media History pp. 1–13. doi:10.1080/13688804.2019.1634526.
  2. Rodgers, J. (2017). This first draft of history lasts. British Journalism Review, 28(2), pp. 48–52. doi:10.1177/0956474817713966.
  3. Rodgers, J. (2017). Journalism, separation and independence: Newspaper coverage of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine, 1948. Journalism pp. 146488491770346–146488491770346. doi:10.1177/1464884917703468.
  4. Rodgers, J. (2016). The clues are in the history. British Journalism Review, 27(2), pp. 45–49. doi:10.1177/0956474816652814.
  5. Rodgers, J. (2015). New name, old values. British Journalism Review, 26(1), pp. 44–48. doi:10.1177/0956474815575455.
  6. Rodgers, J. (2014). Passing the test of time. British Journalism Review, 25(3), pp. 56–60. doi:10.1177/0956474814550601.
  7. Rodgers, J. (2014). From Stalingrad to Grozny: Patriotism, political pressure, and literature in the war reporting of Vassily Grossman and Anna Politkovskaya. Media, War and Conflict, 7(1), pp. 23–36. doi:10.1177/1750635213514965.
  8. Rodgers, J. (2013). The Roadmap Ripped Up: Lessons from Gaza in the Second Intifada. Mediterranean Quarterly, 24(3), pp. 20–34. doi:10.1215/10474552-2339444.
  9. RODGERS, J. (2012). The air raids that never were and the war that nobody won: government propaganda in conflict reporting and how journalists should respond to it. Global Media and Communication. doi:10.1177/1742766512463037.

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  10. RODGERS, J. (2012). Two sides of the mountains and three sides to every story: Towards a study of the development of the BBC’s multimedia newsgathering. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, 1(2), pp. 157–172. doi:10.1386/ajms.1.2.157_1.

    [publisher’s website]

  11. Rodgers, J. (2012). Getting the Story Right: evaluating a postgraduate multimedia journalism module. Investigations in university teaching and learning, Volume 8, pp. 61–65.
  12. RODGERS, J. (2011). Capturing Saddam Hussein: How the full story got away, and what conflict journalism can learn from it'. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 4(2), pp. 179–191.
  13. RODGERS, J. (2011). 'Piercing the fog of propaganda'. British Journalism Review, 22(4), pp. 79–84.


MA International Journalism
Erasmus Mundus Masters: Journalism, Media and Globalisation
and the History of Journalism; Reporting Conflict; Dissertation modules on BA Journalism

Other Activities


  1. From Perestroika to Putin: ideas of Independence in Post-Soviet Russian Journalism. Prague (2014).
    Description: 25 Years After: The Challenges of Building the Post-Communist Media
    and Communications Industries

Media appearances (3)

  1. 'Global' BBC World News. I appeared on BBC World News to discuss the challenges of reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  2. BBC World Service Newshour. I took part in a studio discussion about Russia and the West after the suspected shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine. The programme is available here
  3. BBC Radio 4/ BBC World Service 'From our own Correspondent'. I contributed a report about Britain, the Middle East, and the First World War. The World Service version is available here

Online articles (8)

  1. Where are the diplomats, policy-makers and peace envoys? They're not in Gaza. (2014). New Statesman website Available at
  2. Ancient ideas of land and faith must underpin a new Middle East peace initiative. (2013). New Statesman
  3. "It’s the occupation, stupid”: what went wrong in Iraq. (2013). New Statesman
  4. With Israel and Gaza, separation is no guarantee of solution. (2012). New Statesman
  5. Is Vladimir Putin's adolescent Russia ever going to grow up? (2012). New Statesman
  6. Despite Putin, change is underway in Russia. (2012). New Statesman
  7. Russia's post-election protests: a "no" to nihilism. (2011). New Statesman
  8. Getting your boots dirty. The Journalist October/November 2012

Radio programmes (2)

  1. The PR War for the Caucasus. BBC World Service The South Ossetian conflict, which began in early August this year, not only sparked a military war between Russia and Georgia, but a propaganda battle.

    It even made the front-page of PR Week magazine in the UK.

    Both countries have hired Western PR companies to help put across their messages.

    Georgia was first off the mark with what many say is a concerted effort to portray its fight with Russia as a conflict between "David and Goliath" and Russia as the major aggressor.
  2. The Middle East and Home. BBC World Service The BBC's Gaza correspondent, James Rodgers, talks to both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict about their ideas of who has the right to call where 'home'.

Television programme

  1. Warm Russia. BBC World News The BBC's James Rodgers travels to the northern Russian port of Archangel to investigate how the changing climate is altering people's lives. He discovers that the inhabitants of Russia's north no longer know what to expect - either at work, or at play.