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The centre for journalism is run by award-winning staff who will continue to work as journalists. They have exceptional experience in broadcasting, publishing and digital journalism and continue to maintain contacts with journalists at the highest level in all sectors of the industry. They are:
Professor Tim Luckhurst
Tim Luckhurst is a former editor of The Scotsman. He began his career as a journalist on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme for which he produced, edited and reported from the UK and abroad. Prof. Luckhurst covered the Romanian Revolution and the First Gulf War for BBC Radio and reported on the liberation of Kosovo and the fall of Slobodan Milosevic for the Scotsman. He was the BBC's Washington Producer during the first year of the Clinton presidency and returned to the UK to become a senior member of the team that designed and launched BBC Radio Five Live. He has won two Sony Radio Awards for news broadcasting. He writes about topics including politics, media and motorcycling for newspapers, magazines and websites including the Guardian, Independent, Times, Toronto Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times and The New Republic. His research focuses on the history of journalism and, in particular, on the profession's performance in democracies at war. His recent publications include; This is Today – A Biography of the Today Programme (Aurum Press, 2001); Dr Hack, I presume? Liberal Journalism in the Multimedia Age (in Face the Future, Tools for the Modern Media Age, Abramis Academic, 2011 ); It is Thrown Against Me that I have a Castle (Journalism Studies, 2011); Compromising the First Draft? (in Afghanistan, War and the Media: Deadlines and Frontlines, Arima, 2010); Bias, Bunkum and Capital-it is (in British Journalism Review, June 2011); and Excellent but Gullible People, The Press and the People’s Convention (in Journalism Studies, 2012).
Ian Reeves is a former editor of Press Gazette, the weekly magazine covering news and developments throughout the journalism industry. He oversaw the magazine’s move into web publishing and was responsible for developing the Student Journalism Awards, the Magazine Design and Journalism Awards, and the innovative Press Cadets project. He was also instrumental in establishing the National Newspaper Hall of Fame. He was weekly business writer of the year in 2003’s Periodical Publishers Association awards, an award for which he has been nominated on three other occasions. He was nominated as weekly editor of the year in 2006 by the British Society of Magazine Editors.
In the 1990s he was editor of Central Press Features, which syndicated copy all over the world. A former engineer, he began his journalism career on magazines including The Engineer and Electronics Times. He continues to write about business and media issues for titles including the Guardian and The Independent, and has a particular interest in digital media publishing. He designed and built the Centre's live publishing web stie at www.centreforjournalism.co.uk and the Centre's unique iPad app, available from the App Store. He is co-editor of What Is Local? Grassroots journalism - its death and rebirth published by Abramis in 2012.
After graduating, Sarah Lonsdale trained for two years on the Reading Chronicle during which time she was highly commended in the ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ category at the British Press Awards before joining The Observer as a general reporter. In 1993 she went freelance and has been writing features for national newspapers and magazines ever since. She writes a regular environmental column ‘Greenpiece’ in the Sunday Telegraph for which she has been shortlisted as Journalist of the Year at the British Environment and Media Awards. She has also won the Industrial Journalist of the Year award in the magazine category.
Richard is an award-winning television director with 20 years’ experience as a freelance, working in documentaries, news and current affairs. He won a BAFTA for Ross Kemp on Gangs; was nominated for an RTS award for Generation E, a documentary about Ecstasy culture; and a Rory Peck Award for a piece about a massacre in Chechnya. Richard’s main strength is his results-oriented approach to production, from writing a treatment and pitching,to the practicalities of self shooting and working with crews. He also has a great deal of experience working with commissioning editors and channel lawyers.
During most of the 90s Richard was a member of Frontline News Television, an agency which specialised in reportage from war zones. His work was bought by broadcasters all over the world, including CBS, ZDF, ARD, Globo and all the domestic British news and current affairs outlets: Newsnight, C4 News, C5 News and the BBC 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock News.
As a fluent Russian speaker, Richard did stories for Frontline from all over the former Soviet Union including numerous pieces from Chechnya. However he is proud that his biggest selling Frontline story was an expose of a ring of babushkas in Moscow dealing drugs to teenagers.
Anastasia joined the University of Kent in 2002 as PA to the Director of Operations at Medway and was heavily involved in the transfer of the university's provision to the new multiversity campus at Chatham Maritime. Anastasia has a broad PA experience gained ina variety of commercial and business enterprises including Aquascutum in London and Price Waterhouse in Turin. She is bilingual in Italian and also speaks French.
Lesley qualified as a solicitor but after practising for a short time realised she preferred to teach. Lesley has now been teaching law for over 25 years. She has taught on a wide range of programmes for both professional and academic qualifications. Lesley’s interest in media law and comparative law was stimulated by her studies for an LLM (Masters in Law) which she undertook in the early 1990s.
In 2001 she joined Kent Law School as Director of Legal Studies for the Medway provision of the LLB programme. Whilst there, she taught a variety of subjects and was also, for a time, responsible for liaison with Bermuda College, which offered Stage 1 of the KLS LLB programme in Bermuda. The Media Law module developed for Kent Law School was very popular with students and as a result, Lesley still teaches this module for KLS at Medway. In February 2010 Lesley organised a conference on the subject of ‘Privacy and the Individual’. This was the first cross-disciplinary conference to be held at the Medway Campus. It attracted academics, legal professionals and students all eager to discuss this rapidly developing area of law.
Lesley joined the Centre for Journalism in July 2010 to develop the academic provision of law within the Centre.
Geoff Craig is Professor of Journalism and Director of Research at the centre. He is the author of The Media, Politics and Public LIfe and Slow Living (with Wendy Parkins) and the co-editor of Informing Voters? Politics, Media and the New Zealand Election 2008 (with Chris Rudd and Janine Hayward). Professor Craig took his undergraduate degree at Macquarie University, Sydney, and has a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, New York. He completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Professor Craig worked as a correspondent for Reuters Australia and has taught at Murdoch University and the University of Canberra in Australia and most recently at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Geoff Craig leads the Centre for Journalism's research strategy and is also responsible for the teaching of Politics and Political Communications to students in the BA in Journalism and the News Industry and the MA in Multimedia Journalism. Professor Craig conducts research on political interviews and leaders' debates, environmental journalism, and topics relating to journalism, democracy, and the public sphere. He welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students on any of these areas of research interest.
Rob Bailey is a former news editor and chief reporter of the Kent Messenger in Maidstone, the country’s biggest-selling weekly weekday newspaper. He is a former KM Group reporter of the year. He joined the Kent Messenger as editorial assistant in September 1999 and took his first reporting job on the first UK paper founded in the new millennium, the Swanley Messenger. He went on to work on titles across Kent, including two stints at the Kent Messenger’s flagship Maidstone edition. He also worked as senior press officer for social services at Kent County Council. He is an alumnus of the University of Kent, having graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy in 1999.
After leaving school in 1987, Gerardo began an HND course in Broadcast Operations and Engineering at Ravensbourne College, Bromley. During the course he was invited to join the BBC as a trainee ‘engineer-operator’ and enjoyed the next 20 years working in a variety of roles, mainly in News and Current Affairs Television and Radio at TV Centre in London, working on programmes including the National News bulletins and summaries, Newsnight, Newsround, Frost on Sunday, Working Lunch and many others. After 4 months at work, his initial rather naïve and glamorous view of live television broadcasting was brought sharply into focus by the Lockerbie bombing and he learned swiftly to appreciate the great responsibility, privilege and value associated with reporting the world's events accurately and impartially. He joined the Centre for Journalism as multimedia newsroom technican following a career break of three years, during which time he completed a degree in Photography.
Ron’s career of more than 40 years in the regional press has ranged from reporter to managing editor. The journey has included spells as a political correspondent, sub-editor, news editor and editor of daily and weekly papers and web sites. Newspapers under his editorship won numerous awards for editorial excellence and circulation improvements.
His 15 years as a member of the senior management team of the Kent Messenger Group included eight as editor of the Kent Messenger and three as editor of Kent Today. Under his editorship the Kent Messenger became Britain’s highest-selling weekly newspaper. It twice won national press awards as the UK’s best weekly paper and also received the accolade of UK community newspaper of the year.
As managing editor of the KM Group he took special responsibility for the development of the Group’s web site, KentOnline, and won a national award for Kent’s War, a supplement commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2. He has been a freelance writer and lecturer since 2010.
Keith Somerville is a writer and lecturer on African affairs, journalism and the global media. He founded and runs the Africa, News and Analysis website and teaches the Humanitarian Communications module at the Centre for Journalism. His book on Radio Propaganda and Hate Broadcasting has just been published by Palgrave.
His expertise is spread across a number of fields: the history and use of propaganda and hate broadcasting; media coverage of Africa; analysing the global media and media coverage of major world events; broadcast and online news reporting and production; media law and ethics; the international politics of Africa; Southern African military and political affairs; Africa and the media;
A career journalist with the BBC World Service and BBC News for three decades, Keith has an established track record as a trainer and training designer for the BBC, initially with BBC World Service training and latterly with the recently-established BBC College of Journalism.
His knowledge of journalism theory and practice is based on nearly three decades of reporting, writing, presenting and editing World Service news programmes.
The major world events he has covered include running the World Service team in South Africa for the first post-apartheid elections in 1994; presenting live coverage of the attempted coup against Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev; overseeing the first 10 hours of World Service coverage of the death of Princess Diana; running of live World Service radio coverage on 9/11; and producing and presenting radio documentaries from South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica and the wilds of deepest Cardiff and Norfolk.