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Dean Naidoo

Dean Naidoo BA MA PGCLTHE SFHEA

Principal Lecturer

Summary

I am Deputy Head of the Department of Media Arts & Communication at Sheffield Hallam University.

  • About

    I joined Sheffield Hallam after spending over a decade as an academic at Leeds Trinity University's Centre for Journalism. I learned my trade at global publishers Independent News & Media, entering the world of professional media as a trainee reporter and photographer barely out of high school in the early-90s in southern Africa. 

    Over the course of my career, I've dabbled in covering live music for South Africa’s leading national radio station 5FM before settling down in print and digital journalism. I've worked for a range of daily and weekly national newspapers in the Independent News & Media stable both in southern Africa and the UK – as an Entertainment Writer, Sports Reporter, Senior Writer, Sub-Editor, Chief Sub-Editor, Designer, Photo Editor, Section Editor and Editorial Director. 

    Awarded a full Commonwealth Press Union Fellowship to study for a Masters in International Journalism at City, University of London, I have also been named South African Sports Writer of the Year, along with other prizes, primarily for reporting and photography. I've managed diverse newsrooms and covered global events ranging from political conflict/courts to football/rugby/cricket World Cups.

    I am proud to be a part of the Media Arts & Communication (MAC) team at Hallam, where our dedicated staff and talented students make every day rewarding.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Artificial Intelligence
    Automation
    Robotics
    Journalism
    Photography

  • Teaching

    Subject area

    Journalism and Public Relations




    Courses

    BA Journalism
    BA Sports Journalism
    MA Journalism
    MA Sports Journalism
    MA International Journalism

  • Research

    Current research projects

    Century of Servitude: The Media Representation of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence by the Sunday Times of London (1920 – 2020)
    (awarding body: University of Leeds. Expected completion: 2021)

    Selected research reports

    Invited speaker: BBC Civilisations: What Does It Mean To Be Human? Leeds, 2018

    African Journalism Studies (Journal) Book Review: Volume 37, Issue 4: Jan 2017 

    Digital Editors Network: Understanding the opportunities and challenges offered by distributed content. London, 2016

    Leeds Trinity Learning and Teaching Award: Successful funding secured (£2000) to research immersive technology. 2015, Leeds

    Where We Are on Drone Journalism?: Conference presentation at the Association for Journalism Education, Greenwich. London, 2015.

    Young, Gifted and … Naïve: Athletes and Social Networking, accepted by the British Sociological Association and presented at the annual BSA conference. Cardiff, 2009.

    Racism in British Football: Masters, City, University of London, 2004


    Selected research reports

    Invited speaker: BBC Civilisations: What Does It Mean To Be Human? 2018, Cardiff 

    Leeds Trinity Learning and Teaching Award: Successful funding secured (£2000) to research immersive technology. 2015, Leeds

  • Publications

    Invited speaker: BBC Civilisations: What Does It Mean To Be Human? Leeds, 2018

    African Journalism Studies (Journal) Book Review: Volume 37, Issue 4: Jan 2017 

    Digital Editors Network: Understanding the opportunities and challenges offered by distributed content. London, 2016

    Leeds Trinity Learning and Teaching Award: Successful funding secured (£2000) to research immersive technology. 2015, Leeds

    Where We Are on Drone Journalism?: Conference presentation at the Association for Journalism Education, Greenwich. London, 2015.

    Young, Gifted and … Naïve: Athletes and Social Networking, accepted by the British Sociological Association and presented at the annual BSA conference. Cardiff, 2009.

    Racism in British Football: Masters, City, University of London, 2004

  • Other activities

    External examiner/course validation, University of Chester (2010-2014) 

    External examiner: universities of Sunderland and Central Lancashire (2015-2019); University of Salford (2019 - present) 

    External advisor/course validation: Manchester Met, UCA, Northampton, Wolverhampton Fellow of the Commonwealth Press Union Digital Editors’ Network

  • Postgraduate supervision

    For MA and PhD supervision queries, please contact me directly.


  • Media

    International journalist and researcher

    Robotics, Sporting events, South African politics.

    Robotics, Sporting events, Sport economics

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