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Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Requisition ID:  24973

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  15-Jan-2023


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: ££53,353 - ££61,823 per annum


Closing Date: 12/02/2023


The role


Candidates are sought for the role of Senior Lecturer in Journalism Practice and Theory in the School of Arts and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at Newcastle University.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team of staff who are committed to educating and inspiring the journalists and media workers of tomorrow.  You will join a varied programme of practice, theory and research-led teaching which combines professional expertise with world-leading academic scholarship. 


Journalism @ Newcastle is passionate about inspiring students to critically engage with the world around them, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive in the media industries of the twenty-first century.  Staff and students at Newcastle are committed to using our research, teaching and learning to make a difference in society, locally, regionally, nationally and globally.  As part of our journalism team, you will contribute to pedagogic leadership and curriculum development which combines theory and practice in order to promote diversity, inclusivity and social justice.  


You will lead, plan, deliver and assess a range of modules on our undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes, combining practice and theory to prepare students for careers in the media and creative industries.  You will draw on your own professional experience to deliver practical learning in digital journalism, news and feature writing, audio and video production and editing, and/or magazine and photojournalism. Your teaching will be informed by the latest developments in journalism practice.  You will draw on your own knowledge and experience to deliver teaching informed by critical approaches to journalism, including an understanding of how class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexuality and other social formations affect journalistic practices and representations.


The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic colleagues may be expected to perform.


Newcastle University provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. Applicants must demonstrate (through formal or informal actions) a commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation in their spheres of work. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.


Further information about our taught programmes and staff research, can be found at:  and


Informal enquiries concerning the position can be made to Degree Programme Director, David Bates (


Key Accountabilities



  • Delivery of practice and theory-driven learning activities on undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes, including lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, masterclasses, data skills advice, field trips, and the supervision of Bachelor and Master’s students.
  • Contributing to, and leading on, the design, organisation and management of degree programmes and curriculum development for undergraduate and/or postgraduate programmes in multimedia journalism.
  • Contributing to students’ understanding of multimedia content from critical perspectives including feminist, decolonial and critical race theoretical approaches.
  • Contributing to digital and multimedia research methodologies training for undergraduate and postgraduate curricula in media and journalism.
  • Teaching critical thinking skills for practitioners in multimedia/professional environments.
  • Undertaking research and practice activities at a level commensurate with a leading international university, including high-quality research outputs and external funding bids.
  • Readiness to take on leadership roles within the Media Culture Heritage section and the School of Arts and Cultures.
  • Engaging in relevant University research groups and research networks.
  • Development of research and practice network initiatives across the university through the premise of interdisciplinary collaborations in multimedia communication.
  • Developing our networks and collaborative work with cultural, industrial and creative partners nationally and internationally.  
  • Working collaboratively and proactively across the School, Faculty and wider University to further our work with civic organisations and maximise the impact of research activities in the area of multimedia journalism and communication. 


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Advanced knowledge and experience in the production and theory of multimedia journalism content and digital storytelling, with specialisms including, but not limited to, feminist approaches and critical race theory.
  • Professional practice and teaching experience in digital audio and/or video communications across broadcast and online news platforms.
  • Excellent achievements in research and a track record of attracting external funding.
  • Demonstrable understanding of media audiences, including engagement with marginalised and under represented groups, in relation to media and journalism theory and practice.
  • An excellent record of achievement in HE teaching, administration and a demonstrable ability to contribute to, and lead on, the design, organisation and management of degree programmes and curriculum development.
  • Applicants must demonstrate (through formal or informal actions) a commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and widening participation in their spheres of work.


Attributes and Behaviour

  • We particularly welcome applications from established academics and researchers with experience in multi/interdisciplinary academic environments, who would be keen to take advantage of the many opportunities for collaboration across disciplines at Newcastle University.
  • Excellent team-working skills, including in multi/interdisciplinary teams.
  • A commitment to innovative teaching and improving student satisfaction across the Section and School. This involves a willingness to teach and support teaching and research across a broad range of subjects.
  • The ability to teach and engage with students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.



  • BA Honours, MA or PhD in a relevant subject area or equivalent research / professional experience.
  • A willingness to study for an HE teaching qualification.


The Person (Desirable)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience of the legal and ethical frameworks within which journalists work in a UK and global context, and ability to deliver teaching on these.
  • Ability to deliver teaching in the areas of magazine and/or photojournalism, drawing on relevant professional experiences.
  • An engagement with existing national and/or international networks and professional bodies within journalism and the media industry, as well as relevant academic communities.
  • Evidence of teaching which links practical skills and experiences to theoretical and research landscapes for multimedia journalism.
  • A record of postgraduate research supervision.



  • HE teaching qualification.




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24973