Tony HarcupDr Tony Harcup

Senior Lecturer in Journalism Studies

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Tony Harcup's writing about journalism can be found on university reading lists around the world and has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Korean, Polish, Romanian, and Persian. His book Journalism: Principles and Practice (Sage) is now in its third edition, and his widely-cited research into news values (co-written with Deirdre O'Neill) has been shortlisted for two honours: the Journalism Studies Bob Franklin Journal Article Award, and the International Communication Association's Wolfgang Donsbach Article of the Year Award. An edited collection of his writings on the theme of alternative media has been published in book form as Alternative Journalism, Alternative Voices (Routledge).

Tony has more than 30 years' personal experience as a staff and freelance journalist on alternative and mainstream media ranging from small local weekly publications to national newspapers, magazines and websites. This first-hand experience informs his teaching, supervision and research at the University of Sheffield, where he has worked as a senior lecturer in the Department of Journalism Studies since 2005. Beyond the university, he has served on the national committee of the Association for Journalism Education (AJE) and on the Professional Training Committee of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Tony has compiled the first Oxford Dictionary of Journalism, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014, and his expertise has also been drawn on by the editors of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, the Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media, the ICA International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, and the Handbook of Journalism Studies, among other publications. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media, which launched in 2015, and acts as a peer reviewer for many other journals such as Journalism Studies and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. In 2018 he gave a keynote address at the international conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies.

In addition to publications and conference presentations, Tony has also submitted evidence to a number of inquiries of relevance to journalism, including the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and a government commission into freedom of information.

Tony holds a masters degree in cultural studies (Leeds Metropolitan University), a postgraduate diploma in teaching and learning in higher education (Open University), and a PhD by publication awarded by the University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2008 he was awarded the NUJ Gold Badge in recognition of his work for journalists and journalism students.

Research interests

Tony's main areas of research are: news values, ethics and journalism, alternative journalism, alternative media, journalism practice, and journalism education. He is currently researching and writing a monograph due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020 as What's the Point of News? A Study in Ethical Journalism.

Teaching and supervision

Research feeds both directly and indirectly into Tony's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, which includes ethics, analysing news, critical reflection, and alternative journalism, in addition to his supervision of dissertation and PhD students. Tony also passes on lessons gained from his own experience of using the Freedom of Information Act to investigate public authorities.

Tony is module leader for JNL116 Analysing News and JNL6014 Ethics and Regulation. He also teaches on JNL120 Essential Journalism.


Selected publications


  • Harcup T (2015) Journalism: Principles and Practice. London: SAGE Publications. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harcup T (2014) A Dictionary of Journalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harcup T (2012) Alternative Journalism, Alternative Voices. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Harcup T (2007) The Ethical Journalist. London: Sage. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Website content

  • Harcup T FoI reveals that Real Lives row could have 'destroyed' the BBC. RIS download Bibtex download