Joely Carey portraitJoely Carey

University Teacher in Journalism Studies

Tel: (+44)(0)114 222 2495

Room 214

Joely Carey is an award-winning magazine editor and digital content specialist who has worked for most of the UK's largest news and magazine publishing organisations during her journalistic career. She joined the Department of Journalism Studies in September 2019.

She has worked on, launched and edited a number of market-leading magazines from news-stand titles such as News UK's Fabulous, Bauer Media's Closer, that's life!, heat, Q, more! and Landscape.

She credits her journalistic skill to the time she spent working as a feature writer for first the Sun and then the Mail as a feature writer, having trained on regional newspapers in the midlands.

Although passionate about print, in the last eight years Joely has been digitally focused, working on content projects for News UK's the Sun and Sun on Sunday, Bauer Media and Reach Plc (formerly Trinity Mirror) before moving to launch a number of journalist-led projects for award-winning advertising and content marketing agencies.

In her last London role, she was Editorial Director at The River Group, running all creative content for 18 magazine titles across the UK and Europe. While there she oversaw a number of firsts for the company including website, webinar and podcast launches. One of these podcasts was shortlisted for the Mind Media Awards in 2018.

During her career, Joely won best newspaper supplement for Fabulous magazine at the Society of Editors Press Awards 2011 and the PPA Digital Awards: Content Initiative of the Year 2016.

She also launched a campaign to revolutionise domestic violence laws in the UK, working with the Police Federation, Women's Aid and the Home Office, under Theresa May. Clare's Law was launched as a pilot in 2014 and went on to be implemented as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme across England and Wales.

A passionate journalist and editor, she remains closely connected to the UK's national publishing network. A former judge for both the Professional Publishers Association and the British Society of Magazine Editors, she remains a member of both, and is also a member of Women in Journalism.


Joely is teaching on and contributing to the following modules:

  • JNL120 Essential Journalism
  • JNL231 Live News Production
  • JNL310 Portfolio in Print Journalism
  • JNL316 Magazine Journalism & Feature Writing
  • JNL6022 Magazine Portfolio
  • JNL6024 Advanced Magazine Journalism


In 2016 Joely was one of the contributors to a book on the state of the print industry, Last Words: How can journalism survive the decline of print?, published by Abramis.

She has also written a number of teen self-help books which have been published worldwide.

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