Vanessa Jackson is Associate Professor, Enterprise and Employability in the Birmingham Institute of Media and English at Birmingham City University. She teaches practical television skills to undergraduates, including television drama, documentary and studio production. Additionally, she is involved in academic research around broadcast history, television production processes and social media communities. Her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, explored new historiographical opportunities enabled by multimedia online archival practice. At the centre of this research was the Pebble Mill project, an online archive documenting the programme making that went on at BBC Pebble Mill: http://pebblemill.org.
Before joining Birmingham City University in 2008 Vanessa was a series producer at BBC Birmingham, making factual and documentary series. She project-managed the outreach of the first series of Coast, which won a BAFTA for Interactivity. As a programme maker she specialized in gardening and design programmes, as well as documentary series like Family Wanted about foster care and adoption. She began working for the BBC in 1987.