28th January 2004

 

JOURNALIST AIMS TO PUT LINCOLN ON MAP

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A new Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln aims to put the institution on the map as a centre of excellence for the subject.

 

Professor John Tulloch has joined the university’s Faculty of Media and Humanities from the University of Westminster, where he was Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

 

While at Westminster he developed a range of postgraduate courses, including International Journalism and Public Relations.  He is also very proud of having run a programme for young Indian newspaper journalists funded by the British Foreign Office Chevening Scholarships.

 

He is co-editor of ‘Tabloid Tales: Global Debates on Media Standards’ (Rowman and Littlefield, London).  The book focuses on the growing emphasis on human interest stories, the increasing coverage of private lives of public figures and the decline of serious news.

 

After graduating from the University of York with an English degree Professor Tulloch trained as a business journalist while working on financial newspapers.

 

For the last 20 years he has worked in journalism education, starting out as a researcher at the University of Leeds.  He later joined the Polytechnic of Central London (which later became the University of Westminster) to help start new journalism courses.

 

Now he’s ready to bring his expertise to the University of Lincoln and launch a brand new School of Journalism.

 

He also aims to develop good quality postgraduate courses in journalism and related subjects and encourage research in the subject.

 

“There has been a lot of investment into the facilities here and we are going to build on that basis for the new School of Journalism,” he said.

 

“Industry placements are vital and I hope to develop a culture where students go out and get the necessary experience with the support of the school.”

 

With the appointment of a new dean and an increasing number of high-profile academics the University of Lincoln’s School of Journalism is set to become one of the most distinguished in the country.

 

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