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Helen Louise Johnston MSc, PGCE, FHEA

Journalism Lecturer


I have many years' experience as journalist working for national and regional publications. I am the course leader for MA Multimedia Journalism.


I started my career in weekly papers before moving on to daily papers. I have worked as a freelance for many years writing for regional and national papers, magazines, and websites - I have also worked in PR. 

I am the course leader for MA Multimedia Journalism and have taught journalism for eight years. I am also an examiner for the National Council of Journalists (NCTJ).


Journalism and PR 

  • BA (Hons) Journalism
  • MA Multimedia Journalism
  • MA Sports Journalism
  • MA International Journalism
  • Extended & Foundation Degrees

  • Media Law & Regulation
  • Digital Journalism
  • Public Affairs
  • Feature Writing & Publishing 3
  • Reporting, Preparing for Independent Practice & Study


I am currently studying for my PhD. I am conducting interdisciplinary research into the meaning of 'news' and its consumption. I have presented papers at national and international conferences about fake news.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise MA students for their dissertation or applied project. 

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