Meet the School’s new staff
5 November 2015
With the new autumn semester underway and our new cohort of students settled into their lectures, it’s time to meet some of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies new teaching staff.
Michael Hill has taken the helm as our new Director of News Journalism (formerly Newspaper Journalism). Michael’s near 20-year career as a journalist includes time spent as Editor of the South Wales Echo and as Head of Multimedia for Trinity Mirror.
Matt Swain, who formerly studied and lectured in the School, now leads our hugely popular MA International Journalism degree. Matt has been editor of Trail magazine, the editorial director of Lonely Planet in Australia and he comes to us from Immediate Media, where he was editor of BBC Wildlife and Immediate's editorial training director.
Dr Caitriona Noonan, a Lecturer and Early Career Researcher (ECR) in Media and Communications, joined the School in September and will divide her time between research and teaching, with research being her priority for the next three years.
Dr Noonan said, “My research interests are in television so I’m really excited to have time to explore some of the changes within television production and how that impacts on the kinds of things we see (or don’t see) on our screens.
“It is a fascinating time for television due to the huge technological and cultural shifts taking place so I feel very privileged to be studying that evolution in-depth.”
Dr Joanna Redden, also a Lecturer and ECR will join the School early next year.
Finally Dr Damian Carney has joined the School as Senior Lecturer in Media Law. He previously taught at the universities of Portsmouth, Buckingham and Sheffield. A qualified barrister who has published extensively in the area of Media Law and Ethics, Dr Carney also writes on access to justice issues and whilst at Portsmouth established an Innocence Project.
Dr Carney said, “Like all new jobs, it’s been a hectic first few weeks, but for me it’s been an eye-opener as I have come from a law school into a journalism school and there's lots of new things to pick up.
“It’s refreshing working with students who are interested in their subject, and learning journalistic perspectives to Media Law.”