21st July 2005




The Lincoln School of Journalism has appointed a new programme director to head up its postgraduate courses.


Dr Jane Chapman, a former independent producer with her own film company, has been brought in to drive the expansion of postgraduate courses and doctoral research in the school.


Dr Chapman brings to Lincoln marketing expertise in addition to documentary and television reporting skills and a distinguished academic background.

She studied history at University College, London and qualified in teaching with a postgraduate certificate from Wolfson College, Cambridge University.

Her PhD, from the London School of Economics, involved spending time in Paris and Lille to consult archives, as the research covered 20th-century French history.

She is the author of more than 200 broadcast films and videos - some of them award- winning - and is widely published within the educational world.

Her career began at ITV, where she was a researcher before moving on to BBC Current Affairs, Panorama’ and then Granada Television as a senior journalist.


She was British commercial breakfast television's first on-screen reporter for the north of England before becoming a TV producer.

More recently Dr Chapman has returned to the history of French journalism as part of her book 'Comparative Media History', which deals with the media in Britain, America, France, Germany and Japan since 1789.

She is currently writing two books on documentary: ‘Inside Documentary Practice’ and ‘Inside Documentary History and Issues’.

”I've spent most of my career developing ideas in various forms for TV, books and courses,” said Dr Chapman. ”For me, it's a passion, and I'm very excited about the prospect of being part of such a tremendous creative team at LSJ. We all share in common an enthusiasm to further journalism education.”


For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk