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 is the founding Head of the Centre for Journalism. An award-winning journalist for BBC News and Current Affairs and former editor of The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper, Tim began his career on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme and went on to work as a producer, reporter and editor in Washington DC, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. He was a member of the team that designed and launched BBC Radio 5 Live. Between 1995 and 1997 he was bi-media Editor of News Programmes at BBC Scotland. He has won two Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards for news journalism. Tim was educated at Peebles High School and Robinson College in the University of Cambridge where he studied history. At Kent he has created an entirely new academic school and pioneered the design and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that blend instruction in the professional skills required to work as a public service reporter in the multimedia era with intense academic study of traditional disciplines including history, politics and law. He has helped to develop a research culture centred on study of journalism’s history and its future in the multimedia era. His own research focuses on the depiction of dissent in British and American newspapers during the era of appeasement and the Second World War. He is a director of KMTV, the professional television news station located in the Centre for Journalism, and a regular contributor to BBC Radio Kent where he presents debates and phone-in shows.
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 site at www.centreforjournalism.co.uk and the Centre's unique iPad app, available from the App Store. He is lead author of the 5th edition of the Newspapers Handbook (Routledge 2014), and co-editor of What Is Local? Grassroots journalism - its death and rebirth published by Abramis in 2012. He is a director of KMTV, the local television services for Kent which is based in studios at the Centre for Journalism.
Richard Pendry was an award-winning television director, working in documentaries, news and current affairs. He won a BAFTA for Ross Kemp on Gangs and was a member of Frontline News Television, an agency which specialised in reporting conflict. His news stories were bought by broadcasters all over the world, including CBS, ZDF, ARD, Globo and all the domestic British news and current affairs outlets. Richard is a fluent Russian speaker and produced stories for Frontline News from all over the former Soviet Union, including Chechnya. He still sometimes makes documentary films, most recently A Poisoned Legacy for al Jazeera, about a British mining company implicated in a public health scandal in Kazakhstan. He chairs debates at the Frontline Club in London and is writing a PhD on why war reporters’ former sources turned against them. His recent publications include ‘In Syria, freelancer demand amidst increasing restrictions’ (Columbia Journalism Review) and two films on reporting practices in Iraq for the Daily Beast (A Strange Animal and Raid in Kirkuk) relating to his article for Ethical Space, ‘Sub-contracting newsgathering in Iraq’. He also wrote another piece for the same journal, Reporter Power, about the use of freelancers in Syria.
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.Her publications include Drugs and Manslaughter with David Radlett(New Law Journal,2005), Good Behaviour Can be Taught with Tim Luckhurst (British Journalism Review, 2014) and Decoding Defamation: A need-to-know guide for journalists (Index On Censorship, 2014)
Dr Ben Cocking
Ben joined the Centre in September 2015 as Senior Lecturer and Director of Research. His recent publications include: a chapter on British travel journalism in Travel Journalism: Exploring Production, Imapct and Culture (Palgrave) and articles in academic journalis such as, Journalism Studies in Travel Writing (Routledge), Journeys: International Journal of Travel Writing (Berghahn Press) and JOMEC Journal (Cardiff University Press).
Ben completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees at the University of Kent, in the subject of Communications and Image Studies. He also completed his PhD at the University of Kent, focusing on British travel writing on the Middle East during the 1930s and 1940s. Prior to joining Kent, Ben worked at the University of Roehampton, where in his role as Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Media Culture, he was involved in developing and leading a Journalism undergraduate degree programme. Ben began his academic career in the role of Lecturer in Media Theory at the University of Gloucestershire. At the University of Kent, he leads the Centre for Journalism’s research strategy and is also responsible for the teaching of politics and political communications to students on the BA in Journalism and the News Industry and the MA in Multimedia Journalism. He is also involved in PhD supervision . Ben’s research interests include: travel journalism, news media and political communications, travel writing, cultural theory and postcolonial theory.
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. Rob’s recent research publications include Citizen Journalist or citizen agitator? Establishing Twitter in Medway’s public sphere (Ethical Space, 2015). He co-authored More informed than you think (British Journalism Review 2015).
Lee joined the Centre for Journalism as a lecturer in multimedia journalism in 2014, having worked as a newspaper and magazine Journalist in the UK, New Zealand and China. He began his career as a teenager on his local paper the Walsall Advertiser before being taken on as a Trainee Reporter at the Sutton Coldfield Observer. Over the next five years he worked on a range of stories, including the direct and legal protests against the M6 Toll motorway and provided in-depth coverage of Birmingham City Council, Europe’s largest local authority. Whilst as News Editor there, the title received a number of national awards including being named Newspaper Society Free Newspaper of the Year and Campaign of the Year. He worked at The Press in Christchurch, New Zealand where he reported on a range of international stories, including the Pitcairn Island sexual assault trials, which made global headlines in 2004. Relocating to Jinan, China he worked as a magazine Feature Writer, reporting on the preparations being made for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Back in the Midlands, he worked as a Journalist at the Birmingham Mail where he accompanied union representatives to Holland to report on factory closures in the Midlands. He has an HNC in Photography, a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Media, a Master’s Degree in Film Studies and is researching a PhD on contemporary British documentary.
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 honorary professor at the Centre for Journalism and teaches the Communications and Humanitarianism and Propaganda - Media, Manipulation and Persuasion modules .A writer and lecturer on African affairs, journalism and the global media, he founded and runs the Africa, News and Analysis website. His latest book, Africa’s Long Road Since Independence. The Many Histories of a Continent was published in January 2016 and his next book, Ivory. Power and Poaching in Africa will be published at the end of 2016. His previous book - Radio Propaganda and the Broadcasting of Hatred was published in 2012. He is now working on studies of human-lion conflict as reflected in media coverage of the Cecil the Lion Affair, and radio propaganda in South Africa under apartheid.
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; and the politics and images of conservation.
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, where he was part of an award winning team that produced online legal training and scenario-based journalism training tools.
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.