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portrait of Jason Bennetto

Jason Bennetto

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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AG33, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Jason has been a national newspaper and magazine journalist for 20 years. For 13 years he was the crime and security correspondent for The Independent newspaper. He was also the Independent's home affairs correspondent and worked as a reporter on the Independent on Sunday.

Since 2007 he has been freelancing for publications including Esquire magazine - where he has written features on counterfeit drugs, armed robberies and teenage murders - the Guardian, New Statesman, Daily Mail, and The Observer. In 2009 he wrote two reports for the Equality and Human Rights Commission - "Police and Racism" and "Staying On" about teenagers staying in education and training. Jason does media training and consultancy work for a variety of organisations.

His work at City includes teaching news and features, interview and research to postgraduate journalism students. He also runs a specialism course on the reporting of organised crime and security.

He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer on the Magazine Journalism MA course in 2009. In 2020 he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. This is Jason's second stint at City, having completed the University's Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism in 1987.


  1. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, City, University London, United Kingdom, Feb 2020
  2. University Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, City, University of London, United Kingdom, Nov 2009
  3. BA Hons Politics, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom

Postgraduate training

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism, City, University London, London, United Kingdom, Jun 1987