Mr David Penman

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: Leicester Media School

Research group(s): Media Discourse Group (MDG), Leicester Centre for Journalism

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8320




Personal profile

  • Senior lecturer in Journalism and Media Law, De Montfort 2008-date 
  • Associate lecturer in Journalism University of Derby 2009-2011
  • Substantial newspaper training experience
  • Teaching and training for public and private sector clients
  • Editorial trainer for the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) in Media Law and News Writing 

30 years’ experience in newspapers and magazines including:

  • Managing Editor of the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph
  • Editorial Director, Yorkshire Regional Newspapers
  • Editor of the Scarborough Evening News
  • Editor of the Rugby Advertiser 
  • Editorial designer Arts East magazine 
  • Consultant Editor Cabinet Maker Magazine
  • Associate Consultant to Metropolitan Police and Royal Dutch Police Senior Investigating Officer development programme
  • Communications Consultant for Fire and Rescue Service and local authorities.
  • Reporter, news editor, chief sub-editor, deputy editor on a wide range of regional newspapers in the UK

Research group affiliations

Media Discourse Group

Research interests/expertise

Currently involved in researching how the press reported the First World War.

The regional press, the digital evolution and democracy

Areas of teaching

  • Undergraduate Practical Journalism at levels 4, 5 and 6, UG Media Law (JH programme)
  • Contributing to Journalism Single Hons and Journalism Joint Hons


  • PGC HE (DMU 2010)
  • Senior Management Diploma – Roffey park Management Institute / Johnston Press

Courses taught

  • Journalism BA (Hons)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Association for Journalism Education (AJE) member since 2009


Professional licences and certificates

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists Proficiency Certificate


Conference attendance

  • AJE Conference, Birmingham City University, January 16, 2009. Delegate
  • AJE Conference, DMU, Leicester, June 18, 2010. Delegate
  • National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Media Law Seminar, March 30, 2012, Lincolns Inn, London. Represented Leicester Centre for Journalism in debate on curriculum development.

Consultancy work

  • National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Marking of national exams in Production Journalism (pre-entry) and National Certificate Exam (interview paper)
  • Metropolitan Police, 2006-2011, role of media coverage in resolution of serious crime
  • Royal Dutch Police, 2006-2011, role of media coverage in resolution of serious crime