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Helen Johnston

Helen Louise Johnston MSc FHEA PGCE BA(Hons)

Senior Lecturer in Journalism, and Employability Lead for Media Arts & Communication


I have many experience as a journalist at national and regional level, which informs my teaching. In my role as Employability Lead I promote the skills which help students to achieve success in their chosen career path.


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 have taught Journalism for 12 years, and I am a module leader for several practical and academic modules at BA and MA level. I am also an academic adviser and a placement adviser and I have been an MA course leader. My role as Employability Lead for Media Arts and Communication includes promoting sandwich year placements, organising industry events and helping to embed employability skills and applied learning at every level.


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Specialist Area 

Journalism and PR 

Courses Taught

BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism
MA Multimedia Journalism
MA Sports Journalism
MA International Journalism

Modules Taught 

Digital Journalism and Data Visualisation
Social Media and Web Journalism
Magazine Publishing
Journalism Project/Dissertation



I am a PhD candidate conducting interdisciplinary research into the meaning of 'news'. 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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