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Johanna Payton

Lecturer in Journalism

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Journalism

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AG20, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



A journalist and academic, Johanna started her career with a six-year stint in the music industry, then went freelance in 2002, writing for national newspapers, magazines and websites, and appearing as a recurrent guest on BBC radio.

Johanna has written editorial and advertorial copy for most national publications but is most closely associated with the Guardian. She has been commissioned by the newspaper for over a decade, leads Guardian Masterclasses and spent two years in-house as a commissioning editor for G-Labs.

Specialising in fashion, travel and lifestyle, Johanna has also used ‘real life’ stories to raise awareness on issues including postnatal depression, child sexual abuse, eating disorders and climate change. She has an eclectic track record in experiential first-person features, from posing as the bride of Dracula to line dancing at the Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, and is the founder of two blogs, Fashion Detective and Feet on the Ground, a site dedicated to no-fly travel. Johanna is also a trustee of the Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust.

Johanna started her academic career as a visiting lecturer at London Metropolitan University in 2011 and has also taught at the University of Greenwich and the European Communication School. She joined City, University of London as a visiting journalism lecturer in September 2017 and became a permanent lecturer on the journalism team in September 2019.

Johanna's research focus is creativity in journalism education.


  1. Web-based Learning and Teaching, Staff and Educational Development Association, Mar 2019
  2. Fellow, Advance HE, Oct 2017
  3. MA Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, Feb 2017 – Sep 2019
  4. BA English, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, Sep 1992 – Jul 1995


  1. Lecturer, City, University London, Sep 2019 – present


Journal article

  1. Payton, J. (2019). Unlocking creativity in higher education. Investigations in University Teaching and Learning, 12, pp. 31–39.