An experienced lecturer in media and journalism, I’ve worked at the University of Sheffield, Nottingham Trent University and the Birmingham City University in their journalism schools and department teaching at undergraduate an masters levels.

I’ve served as Module Leader –

  • Propaganda and Persuasion at the University of Sheffield. This undergraduate module addressed issues fake news, government propaganda and, political persuasion and deceit.
  • Limits of Liberty, at Nottingham Trent University. This final-year undergraduate module looked at a range of issues facing students as they moved from be being journalism students to actually practicing in newspapers, radio and television. It looked at how the law, norms of reporting and real-world issues can stop reporters reporting.
  • Media Theory and Contexts – Birmingham City University. Taught to second and third-year undergraduates this module looked at media theory and how it can be applied to real-world reporting.
  • Writing for the News-Media. Taught as part of the MA in Global Journalism this module taught students the nuts-and-bolts of news-writing.

I’m available for Hourly Paid Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer roles. Contact me at



Watch out for my upcoming PhD, which will be submitted in Summer 2018. It’s taken a ground-breaking look at how  police forces public relations impacts upon regional print-journalism, particularly when its covering  political activism. It’s a fascinating subject, and if you have something to say about that, please get in touch.

I’m also please to announce a recent publication in the journal Environmental Journalism

Diprose, K., Fern, R., Vanderbeck, R., Chen, L., Valentine, G., Liu, C., & Mcquaid, K. (2018). Corporations, Consumerism and Culpability: Sustainability in the British Press. Environmental Communication, 12(5), 672-685.

Also take a look at these conference papers

FERN, R. 2015. Are Regional Newspaper Environmental Correspondents Extinct. LSE, PhD Symposium. London.

FERN, R. 2017. The News-Gathering Role of Social Media in Regional Print Coverage of Environmental Protest. Culture, Media, Equality and Freedom. Leeds.

FERN, R. 2018. The role of protest-Ritual as fake news and propaganda in environmental protest. Meccsa – Creativity and Agency. London

If I’ve contacted you to help me with my research please be reassured that all my work is governed by the University of Sheffield ethics committee. In addition, I keep my academic research and my journalistic research quite separate.