Lecturer in Journalism VC2020

De Montfort University - Leicester Media School

The Leicester Media School in the Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University, wishes to appoint a VC2020 Lecturer (a role which combines teaching and research 50/50) to take a leading role in the development of undergraduate Journalism at DMU, and to make a contribution to the research culture of the School. Journalism provision at DMU (which scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2016 NSS) has grown steadily. New developments in Broadcast Journalism and other areas of journalistic practice, enhanced by a Masters degree in Investigative Journalism (run in partnership with Channel 4), have reinforced our high profile work in this popular field.

The post holder will therefore be expected to lead and deliver elements of practical journalism teaching, and will be encouraged to take on curriculum development and programme leadership roles where appropriate. This position has the potential for swift progression for the right person. In addition, he or she will liaise with the accrediting body (the NCTJ), and will maintain a professional profile, including the production of research outputs and the consolidation of industry links. Specific teaching and research expertise within Journalism may include, but need not be limited to, one of the following: ‘citizen’ journalism, digital journalism, broadcast journalism, and investigative journalism.

As a VC2020 appointment, the post holder will be offered additional time to carry out research activities, and should be in a strong position for the next REF in terms of both publications and impact. Expertise in research, and a completed PhD, is an essential requirement of the role.

The Leicester Media School provides an outstanding student experience, combining extensive commitment to employability with academic rigour and is a research leader nationally and internationally. Our undergraduate Journalism degrees have become exemplary models of accredited, professional programmes: maintaining the quality and appeal of these courses will form part of the duties of the successful candidate. 

The role is one of several academic posts aligned strategically to the

Goals of the Leicester Media School. This particular role is designed to:

  1. Help deliver a high quality NCTJ-accredited undergraduate programme in journalism
  2. Develop and further enhance industry and professional links
  3. Provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to develop leadership skills at module, course and possibly programme level
  4. Reinforce our International reputation for research and enhance our International recruitment
  5. Support the development of digital and multi-platform journalism
  6. Reinforce our work in Journalism studies

Experience of both journalistic endeavor and academic research will be an advantage, as will an ambition for leadership opportunities.

'For an informal discussion concerning this post please contact Professor Jason Lee at jason.lee@dmu.ac.uk (for an overview of the Leicester Media School), Professor Stuart Price at sprice@dmu.ac.uk (for a description of the research context), and line manager Dr James Russell at jrussell@dmu.ac.uk (for information concerning teaching duties)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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