AJE 2024-25 Committee members

Chair of the AJE: Dr Lada Price Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Sheffield.

l.t.price@sheffield.ac.uk @ladaprice

Dr Lada Trifonova Price is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. Her current research focuses on challenges to media freedom and journalistic practice in Eastern and Southern European democracies as well as examining physical and psychological threats to safety of journalists. She has published several papers on journalism practice in fragile democracies, examining a range of threats to press freedom, censorship and self-censorship, ethical challenges, and media corruption.

She is the editor of the Routledge Companion to Journalism Ethics published in 2021 and just edited a special journal issue on trauma literacy in global journalism education and practice for the Journalism, Media and Communication Educator published in June 2023.

Treasurer: Dr Fiona McKay – Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication – University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

fiona.mckay@strath.ac.uk – @fi_mckay

Dr Fiona McKay is a lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communication at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Her research interests relate to the intersection of media, gender and politics, with a focus on the representations of gender in the news media. She also has a particular interest in the experiences of women journalists and the Scottish media context, with recent projects. This is combined with a background as a news reporter for several Scottish titles, mostly based in Glasgow.

Secretary: Dr John Price – Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Programme Leader for MA Journalism / MA Journalism (Sport) – University of Sunderland


Dr John Price is a Research Fellow in Journalism, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of the MA Journalism course at the University of Sunderland. A former news reporter in regional newspapers, he has published a number of academic books and journal articles on subjects including online abuse of journalists, funding models for investigative journalism, diversity in journalism, and racism in the sports media.

Deborah Wilson David – Head of Journalism and Media Nottingham Trent University

deborah.wilsondavid@ntu.ac.uk @DeborahWDavid

Deborah Wilson David is the Head of Journalism and Media at Nottingham Trent University. During a broadcasting career primarily with the BBC, she gained extensive experience as a producer, reporter, and presenter in current affairs and general programmes. As a sporadic freelancer, her later work for radio news and features production has been recognised with several Regional (International) RTDNA Edward R Murrow Awards.

As co-author of only the third undergraduate course in Journalism in the mid-nineties, Deborah has been designing and leading professionally accredited journalism teaching since then. Deborah has worked with journalists in Eastern Europe, providing training for network broadcasters in Moldova for the Council of Europe, and leading UNESCO-funded programmes for senior journalists in Macedonia on reporting diversity. She has served as Vice President of the European Journalism Training Association and is a Director on the Board of the US-based Broadcast Education Association representing international members.

Dr Margaret Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of the West of Scotland

Chair of the World Journalism Education Council. margaret.Hughes@uws.ac.uk @MagsNews7

Margaret runs the journalism programmes at UWS and led the development of the first degree in journalism at the university 20 years ago and much of her work over the years has been around the development of the curriculum and pedagogy in journalism education, set against the background of an industry that continues to experience significant change. Her doctoral thesis explored the development of journalism education within the academy and this continues to inform her current research activity. Her teaching is focused around magazine journalism and specialist writing, political communication and the role of the news media in society. Margaret is former AJE chair and now chair of the World Journalism Education Council (WJEC).

Caroline Jones – Senior Lecturer in Journalism at University of Derby
c.jones5@derby.ac.uk – @CarolineV_Jones
Caroline Jones is a Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Derby, UK. She gained more than 10 years’ experience in the online media and newspaper industry before becoming a lecturer, working as a reporter at the Derby Telegraph and digital content editor at the Liverpool Echo. Her research concentrates on transformation with the journalism industry, including how practices and processes have evolved in a range of economic, social, political
and technological developments throughout history. One of her current research projects focuses on the effect of entrepreneurialism in digital journalism and its impact on student learning in the higher education setting.

Dr David Baines – Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Newcastle University

david.baines@ncl.ac.uk @njdrb

David lectures in journalism and worked for many years on daily newspapers. The primary focus of his research is on journalism, localities and communities; changing journalism roles and practices; the structure, regulation and political economy of the local and regional press. He’s a founder member (with Prof Agnes Gulyas of Canterbury Christchurch University and Dr Rachel Matthews of Coventry University) of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association – MECCSA -Network on Local and Community Media.

He presented evidence to the Cairncross Review into the Sustainability of High Quality Journalism in the UK which featured in the final report and recommendations (2019). David represents the MECCSA Network on Local and Community Media on the advisory panel for the IMPRESS Taskforce of Independent Publishers which seeks to strengthen public interest journalism in the UK and build on the work of the Cairncross Review. The primary focus of his research in journalism education centres on cross-border collaborations and cross-cultural understanding. David was rapporteur for the WJEC syndicate on Digital Global Collaboration (Paris, 2019).

Hilary Scott – Senior lecturer in Multimedia Journalism and Sports Journalism – University of Northampton

hilary.scott@northampton.ac.uk @nosylocaljourno

A journalist and media trainer working for more than 25 years across a range of regional press and specialist media, Hilary joined academia in 2009. She runs a hyperlocal news site, a community radio show and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Research covers local and hyperlocal news, podcasting, journalism education and work experience. She is member of the Society of Editors and recently joined the board of the AJE.

Dr Lucia Vodanovic – Senior Lecturer in Journalism – London College of Communication (University of the Arts London)
l.vodanovic@lcc.arts.ac.uk – @LuciaJournalism

Dr Lucia Vodanovic completed her MA and PhD at Goldsmiths College and now works as Senior Lecturer in Journalism at LCC  (University of the Arts London)l; she is also the Course Leader of MA Journalism at the same institution. Her published work discusses social aesthetics, lifestyle journalism and media, and issues of expression, subjectivity and tone in journalism and publishing. She is the editor of Lifestyle Journalism: Social Media, Consumption and Experience (Routledge, 2019) and the author of various research articles published in Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice, among other academic journals. 

Sean Dodson – Senior Lecturer and Post-Graduate Leader in Journalism – Leeds Beckett University
S.Dodson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk – @seandodson

Sean is a former journalist at The Guardian and a judge of the 2012 Orwell Prize. His current teaching includes media and the public sphere and magazine editing and production. His research interests include Journalistic codes of conduct and journalism ethics.