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Deborah Wilson David

Head of Journalism & Media, Nottingham Trent University

I lead the Department of Journalism and Media at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, which houses the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, and have designed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate programmes focused on journalism, broadcasting, and media since the 1990s. Former roles include Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln.
My broadcasting career with the BBC as a producer, reporter and presenter spanned news, current affairs and general programming. My later work was recognised with six Regional (International) RTDNA Edward R Murrow Awards. This broadcasting work fed directly into my teaching, which has encompassed radio and broadcast journalism practice and theory at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
I developed a particular research interest in radio history, such as the BBC’s output during World War 2 and the early days of BBC Local Radio. I have examined radio as the original social medium, considering its enduring relevance today and more recently I extended my scholarship to consider the relationship between broadcasting and the monarchy.
My teaching, research and industry engagement has led to involvement with a number of organisations in the field. I am a Director on the Board of the US-based Broadcast Education Association, where I represent the international members. This builds on longstanding commitments with UK groups such as the Radio Studies Network and Radio Academy. I also serve on the Committee of the Association for Journalism Education and was the Vice-President of the European Journalism Training Association where I worked to ensure that organisation’s membership of the World Journalism Education Congress.


  • –present
    Head of Journalism & Media, Nottingham Trent University