30th April 2003




An expert on Gulf War reporting and the author of a standard text for student journalists has taken up his new post as the University of Lincoln’s first Professor of Journalism.


Richard Keeble has taught journalism at City University since 1984 and was formerly editor of The Teacher, the weekly newspaper of the National Union of Teachers.


He is the author of ‘The Newspapers Handbook’ (Routledge, 2001 third edition), a comprehensive guide for newspaper reporters, and ‘Secret State, Silent Press: New Militarism, the Gulf and the Modern Image of Warfare’ (John Libbey, 1997), a study of the US/UK coverage of the 1991 conflict.


Professor Keeble argues that the latest war against Iraq (like the first) was manufactured by the US/UK military/industrial elite desperate, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, in its search for enemies.


“No credible enemy exists and so they have had to be manufactured. But countless Iraqi soldiers and civilians lie slaughtered beneath all the rhetoric of heroic, precise warfare.”


Professor Keeble - whose other publications include a book on ethics for journalists and a study of George Orwell’s war reporting - maintains that the current debate on the dumbing down of the media has marginalised more important issues - such as the role of the mainstream media as propaganda instruments for the state.


“What’s important is what the media don’t cover,” he says. “As a society we’re obsessed with the visible, but what is not seen is just as important, if not more so.”


After reading modern history at Keble College, Oxford, Richard Keeble started as a sub-editor on the Nottingham Guardian Journal in 1970. He then worked at the Nottingham Evening Post and Cambridge Evening News before joining The Teacher in 1977.


In 1984 he was made director of the MA in international journalism at City University and completed his PhD on the media coverage of the first Gulf War in 1996.


Now he’s ready to bring his expertise in teaching and research to the relatively young Department of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.


“I’m really pleased to have made the move - it’s come at a great time for me personally and I’m now able to spend two days a week on research,” he said.


“The journalism tutors are hard-working and dedicated and the department has enormous potential. I’m sure the journalism course here will go far.”


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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk