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Dorothy Byrne, Head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs and Professor of Media Discourse (Journalism) 

Dorothy Byrne, Visiting Professor in Media Discourse (Journalism), is Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel Four Television. Her programmes have won many International accolades, including Emmy, BAFTA, Royal Television Society awards. She was previously the editor of Dispatches at Channel Four and The Big Story at ITV after several years as a producer/director at World In Action. She was created a Fellow of The Royal Television Society for her “outstanding contribution to television”. She is a winner of the Women in Film and Television Factual Award and in 2015 was given a Scottish BAFTA for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was instrumental in the composition of the MA in Investigative Journalism within the Leicester Media School


Stuart Price, Professor of Media and Political Discourse, and Chair of the Media Discourse Group  

Stuart is the co-editor, with Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido, of the book series ‘Protest, Media and Culture’, which includes ‘Contemporary Protest and the Legacy of Dissent’ (2015) and ‘Sites of Protest’ (2016). He is the co-editor of a recent special issue of Critical Discourse Studies (2016) and of the Catalan Journal of Communication (2016). In addition, he is the author of a number of textbooks and monographs, including ‘Worst-case Scenario?’ (2011) ‘Brute Reality’ (2010), ‘Media Studies’ (1998), and ‘Communication Studies’ (1996). He is course leader for the MA in Global Media and runs a number of undergraduate modules, including Global Dissent and Media Discourse: Events. In addition, he supervises a dozen PhD students.


David Deacon, Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University, and Visiting Professor in Media Discourse 

Professor of Communication and Media Analysis at Loughborough University, David has written widely on theoretical and methodological issues relating to Communication and Media studies.  He is the co-author of a leading international book on media and cultural research methods, which has recently been published in its second edition, and a work on British newspapers and the Spanish Civil War. David teaches on a wide range of courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate, at Loughborough University.


Jason Lee, Head of the Leicester Media School and Professor of Culture and Creative Writing 

Professor Jason Lee leads the Leicester Media School where the MA Investigative Journalism is situated. He is the author/editor of 15 books, with work translated into ten languages. His interdisciplinary work explores what are often considered to be taboo and contentious subjects, including child sexual abuse, addiction, nationalism, and ‘madness’. He is the founder and editor of the book series and journal Transgressive Culture. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including: Philosophy and Literature, The Cultural Industries Journal, Film International, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Vertigo, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies and The London Magazine (the world’s oldest journal).  

Staff Members 

 Ben Archer

Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design, Media Production

Gurvinder Aujla-Singh

Senior Lecturer in Journalism and doctoral candidate

Dr Alastair Gordon

Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication, Chair of the Punk Scholars Network

Dr Max Hanska

Senior Lecturer in Digital Journalism and Media Discourse

Dr Ben Harbisher

Senior Lecturer in Media Production

Ali Haynes

Principal Lecturer in Journalism and MA course leader

Jennie Jordan

Senior Lecturer, Arts Management and doctoral candidate

Dr Indrani Lahiri

Lecturer in Public Relations, Media and Communication

Professor Jason Lee

Head of the Leicester Media School

Margaret Montgomerie

Principal Lecturer in Media and Communication

David Penman

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Andrew Plaice

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Professor Stuart Price

Chair of the Media Discourse Group

Dana Selassie

Lecturer in Media Production



Dr Jen Birks (Nottingham, Associate)

Ros Brunt (Sheffield Hallam, Associate)

Dr Rinella Cere (Sheffield Hallam, Associate)

Ali Hines (Global Witness, Associate)

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido (CCCU, Associate) 


PhD students 

Fernanda Amaral (Media Discourse: a study of social media use and public discourse in the Rio de Janeiro favelas)

Batal Almutairi (Media Discourse: politics and social media use in Kuwait)

Ganiyat Adenle (Media Discourse: women in Nigerian news media - status, experiences and structures)

Gurvinder Aujla-Sidhu (Media Discourse: the BBC Asian network)

Zoe Armour (Media Discourse: an ethnographic study of sub-cultural participation in electronic dance music culture)

Khadijah Aroyewun-Adekomaiya (Media Discourse: role of the media in forming attitudes to psychological treatment in Nigeria)

Ahmed Bahiya (Media Discourse: gendered identity and social media use)

Tor Clark (Media Discourse: local democracy and the Press)

Abimbola Kehinde (Media Discourse: the social context of educational use of Internet technologies in colleges of education in Lagos State, Nigeria)

Nagham Naddour (Media Discourse: gender representation in Middle Eastern film)

Humayra Sadiq (Media Discourse: media coverage of the Paris attacks)

Claire Sedgwick (Media Discourse: the feminist journal ‘Spare Rib’)

Hao Shuang (Media Discourse: comparative analysis of advertising in China and the UK - begins October 2016)

Yu Sui (Media Discourse: rumour and the internet in China)

media-discourse-group Stuart PriceProfessor Stuart Price 
Chair of the Media Discourse Group 


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