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Busy times for journalism history professor Martin Conboy

The department's Professor of Journalism History, Martin Conboy, has a busy time ahead, with two high-profile conference presentations this autumn and a prestigious book deal newly secured.

In late September Professor Conboy is a plenary speaker at the fifth International Language in the Media Conference at Queen Mary University of London. The theme of this year's conference is 'Redefining journalism: Participation, practice, change'.

Martin also appears at Dublin City University in early November for the sixth annual conference of the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland.

The conference – where Martin is one of two keynote speakers – will look at the theme 'Blackguards, muckrakers and crusaders: Journalists in History'.


Leading source

Meanwhile Martin and Professor David Finkelstein of the University of Dundee have been awarded a contract by Edinburgh University Press to edit a major new history of journalism in the British Isles.

History of the Newspaper and Periodical in Britain and Ireland 1650–the Present will be published in three volumes, comprising more than 750,000 words, and is set to become the leading reference source in its subject area.

"We have support for this project from nine national library institutions, including the four major national libraries," explains Martin, who is a director of the University of Sheffield's Centre for the Study of Journalism and History.

In an innovative digital learning project, Professor Conboy has also collaborated with colleagues in the Department for Journalism Studies on the content of a massive online open course (MOOC) to be published soon by John Wiley & Sons.

Martin, John Steel, Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Scott Eldridge have developed material for a MOOC entitled 'Media and Journalism: Covering World News', which will offer free learning content for trainee journalists across the world.