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Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Glasgow Caledonian University

Media and journalism subject group leader, teaching on programmes including the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, and the MA Multimedia Journalism; before joining the University in 2004 spent 13 years as a newspaper editor in Scotland and England.

Specialisms and Interests

Newspaper circulation and promotions
Business models for local and regional media
Citizen journalism
Concentration of media ownership
The local press in Canada and the USA
Media coverage of the European Parliament
Professional Membership and Activities

Chairman of the Society of Editors (Scotland)
Journalism Board member, National Council for the Training of Journalists
Member of National Union of Journalists' Local Media Commission, 2009
Member, International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors
Member, Scottish Journalism Training Forum
Current Research

Online developments in local and community media in the USA
Weekly newspapers in Canada and Scotland - comparative study.

Selected Publications

2004 Developments in English & Scottish press, annual conference of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors, Illinois.

2006 Citizen Journalism and the London Bombings, University of Oklahoma.

2007 Short gains, long pain? Circulation trends and tactics in Scottish newspapers. Journalism Practice and Studies Conference, University of Cardiff

2009 A new community? Online innovations by rural newspapers in the USA. Centres & Peripheries Conference, Glasgow Caledonian University.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Glasgow Caledonian University


  • 1987 
    University of St Andrews, MA (hons) English Language & Literature