02 February 2011

Conboy appointed to professorship

Martin Conboy

Martin Conboy has been promoted to a Personal Chair as Professor of Journalism History within the Department of Journalism Studies.

It is the first promotion within the department to Personal Chair in its seventeen year history. It is a significant demonstration of the evolving reputation of the research within the department and its high standing on a national and international level.

Martin’s promotion has already been widely acclaimed by both academics and journalists. See the link at the bottom of this page to Professor Roy Greenslade’s blog for 31 January.

Martin joined the Department in March 2005. He has travelled an unconventional route into the academy. 

He read French and English at Durham University and received his MA and PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London.

Over a period of ten years he taught at London secondary schools and spent a period of time in Sudan as an English teacher while honing his pedagogic skills. 

He lectured in the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam, Germany for five years before moving back to Britain to develop critical linguistic and historical approaches to Journalism Studies. 

He has acted as external examiner and validator for journalism degrees at eight British universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, has contributed to the work of the British Council abroad and is an active member of the Association for Journalism Education. 

His research interests include historical aspects of journalism, national identity and the media, popular journalism and critical approaches to the language of journalism.

Widely published in refereed journals and edited volumes, he is also the author of six single-authored books: The Press and Popular Culture (2002), Journalism: A Critical History (2004) Tabloid Britain: Constructing a Community Through Language (2006) The Language of the News (2007) The Language of Newspapers: Socio-historical Perspectives (2010) and Journalism in Britain: A Historical Introduction (2011).

He is the co-editor of a series of books entitled Journalism Studies: Key Texts. 

Starting in September 2010 he is the Principal Investigator on the £38,000 AHRC-funded research project `Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American newspapers 1833-1988´.

With Dr Adrian Bingham of the History Department he shares responsibility for the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History at the University of Sheffield. 

He is a member of the international editorial boards of the three main journals in the field: Journalism Studies; Media History; Journalism: Theory Practice and Criticism.

In addition, he is a regular contributor to broadcast debates on popular culture and tabloid journalism. 

He was recently invited to deliver the keynote address at the 6th Biennial Conference `Australian Media Traditions´ University of Sydney 23-25 November 2009 and a keynote lecture at `Celebrity news: an oxymoron?´ University of Geneva 16-17 September 2010.