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Staff Profile

Jonathan Brown

Senior Lecturer: Media Production, Journalism

Jonathan Brown

I am a professional journalist, educator and researcher with 25-years’ experience in the national media. I worked for The Independent newspaper and website as news editor, senior writer and latterly north of England correspondent. Before that, I worked at the Press Association where I reported from the agency’s HQ in London and bureaux in Parliament, the High Court, the Old Bailey and in Belfast.

I have covered a wide-range of stories including 9/11 and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales as well as five general election campaigns, the London 2012 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games and Wimbledon. I have also reported from China, Russia and from post-conflict countries in West Africa.


Since joining academia full time in 2015, I have specialised in teaching media law and public affairs as well as delivering modules on multimedia newsroom practice. I also work on York St John University’s Converge programme delivering a short programme on journalistic storytelling.


I am currently studying for a professional doctorate (EdD) at Sheffield University. My research focuses on media discourses around higher education and pedagogies for the creative industries.

Professional Activities

I continue to work as an arts and music critic for the i newspaper and to offer expert media comment on a variety of current topics including media law, ethics and newspapers. Alongside colleagues in the School, I engage closely with industry partners such as York Mix and work with cultural and creative organisations in the north of England.

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