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Professor Jane Martinson

Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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Professor Jane Martinson is the Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism.

She read English at Cambridge University before gaining a postgraduate qualification in newspaper journalism at City University. She worked briefly on a local newspaper before joining the Financial Times, where she wrote about companies, markets, natural resources and corporate governance.

She joined the Guardian as the US business correspondent based in New York, covering the early dot com boom and Wall Street as well as politics and the environment. She spent 18 years as a member of the award-winning senior editorial leadership team at the Guardian.Her career included stints as city news editor, covering annual budgets and all financial news and several years writing her own weekly interview slot, before becoming media editor and then head of media, with overall responsibility for the Guardian's online and print department. She was also women's editor for many years and is still a Guardian columnist.

Her specialisms are the media, business, finance and women's issues.

As a former chair of Women in Journalism, she was responsible for a ground-breaking piece of research on the way women are portrayed in the media and was asked to give evidence to the House of Lords communications committee on the issue of diversity. She is still a committee member of WiJ and a trustee of Women in Sport.

In 2016 she started as a visiting lecturer in the journalism department at Goldsmiths University.


New pensions writer of the year award and shortlisted for the Rosemary Goodchild award for journalism. A Prince's Trust award for writing.

Media appearances

- Regular live broadcasting experience, including appearances on BBC Radio 4's The Media Show, Woman's Hour, Broadcasting House, PM, Today and the Archive Hour. On television she has appeared on BBC News, ITV's Good Morning and Sky News. She has reviewed papers for BBC News, Sky News and ITV's Lorraine show.
- Frequent participant in radio discussions and on panels including the RTS and Bafta, the Oxford Media Convention, the Edinburgh television festival, the International Journalism Festival, Cannes Lions and the Web Summit.
- She also chaired the annual Guardian student media awards, and has acted as a judge for the RTS television awards and Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.


  1. MA English (Cam), Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. Newspaper Journalism dip, City, University of London, United Kingdom


  1. Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism, City, University of London, Apr 2018 – present
  2. Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, Sep 2016 – Dec 2017
  3. Head of Media, The Guardian, Aug 2014 – Jul 2017
  4. Women’s Editor, The Guardian, Nov 2010 – Aug 2014
  5. Media editor, The Guardian, Jan 2008 – Nov 2010
  6. US business editor, City news editor, Business page interviewer, The Guardian, May 1998 – Jan 2008
  7. Companies reporter, Investment correspondent, The Financial Times, Sep 1993 – May 1999
  8. Trainee Journalist, The South Wales Echo, Sep 1991 – Sep 1993


French (can read, speak and understand spoken).

Other Activities

Editorial activity (4)

  1. BBC Media show appearance, Journalist, May 2018.
  2. Interview with Sir Martin Sorrell, head of WPP, Presenter, Apr 2018.
  3. Archive on 4: The Long Shadow of Canary Wharf, Presenter, Apr 2018.
  4. Interview for BBC Radio 4's Womens Hour: "Why did Carrie Gracie resign as BBC China Editor?", Presenter, Jan 2018 – present.

Online articles (12)

  1. Could this be the end of Facebook controlling news? (2018). The Guardian
  2. TV news needs more equality – but we also need to tackle abuse. (2018). The Guardian
  3. The Daily Mail's Paul Dacre: hard on going soft? (2018). The Guardian
  4. What Elon Musk and George Soros can teach us about media credibility. (2018). The Guardian
  5. Pale, male and posh: the media is still in a class of its own. (2018).
  6. Canary Wharf: Life in the shadow of the towers. (2018). The Observer
  7. Leveson 2 is off but relations between press and power are little changed. (2018).
  8. The BBC and other employers must be brave and honest – like Carrie Gracie. (2018). The Guardian
  9. Young people warned: economic focus on short-term growth is failing you. (2018). The Guardian
  10. Technology will widen pay gap and hit women hardest – Davos report. (2018).
  11. Carrie Gracie: fearless leader of battle for equal pay at the BBC. (2018). The Observer
  12. Never mind what Rupert Murdoch really thinks about Donald Trump. (2018).