Dr Lily Canter

Dr Lily Canter MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Journalism


Research active in the areas of freelance journalism, journalism education and digital journalism. Co-founder of Freelancing for Journalists podcast series and training resources. Active freelance journalist.


I am a freelance money, health and lifestyle journalist, lecturer and journalism studies researcher.

I have experience as a newspaper, magazine and online journalist writing for The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Metro, Vegan Living, the South China Morning Post, Moneywise, BBC News and the regional press.

My research interests include regional newspapers, hyperlocal media, digital journalism, social media and journalism education. I teach a range of academic and practical modules including digital journalism, feature writing, journalism issues and research methods.

I am co-founder of Freelancing for Journalists, the UK's leading educational resource for freelance journalists.

Local media, social media, journalism education


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject Area



BA Journalism, BA Sports Journalism, MA Multimedia Journalism, MA Sports Journalism, MA International Journalism.


Podcasting, feature writing, digital journalism, research methods, dissertations and projects.


Widening participation and education in freelance journalism and entrepreneurial skills.

Relevant Projects

Freelancing for Journalists podcast series.

Collaborators and Sponsors

- Association for Journalism Educators
- European Journalism Network
- JournoResources
- PressPad


Canter, L. (2017). Co-authoring a paper with your undergraduate student. Journalism education, 6 (1), 36-39.

Canter, L., & Brookes, D. (2016). Twitter as a flexible tool: how the job role of the journalist influences tweeting habits. Digital Journalism. http://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2016.1168707

Canter, L. (2015). Chasing the accreditation dream : do employers value accredited journalism courses. Journalism Education : The Journal of the Association of Journalism Education, 4 (1), 40-52. http://journalism-education.org/2015/08/chasing-the-accreditation-dream/

Canter, L. (2015). Book review: Online journalism: The essential guide. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 21 (2), 280-282. http://doi.org/10.1177/1354856515573420

Canter, L. (2015). The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism: Digital News Report 2014. Digital Journalism, 3 (1), 137-139. http://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2014.987545

Canter, L. (2014). Personalised Tweeting: the emerging practices of journalists on Twitter. Digital Journalism, 3 (6), 888-907. http://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2014.973148

Canter, L. (2014). Book Review: Citizen Witnessing: Revisioning Journalism in Times of Crisis. The International Journal of Press/Politics, 19 (3), 383-385. http://doi.org/10.1177/1940161214531328

Canter, L. (2014). From traditional gatekeeper to professional verifier: how local newspaper journalists are adapting to change. Journalism Education : The Journal of the Association of Journalism Education, 3 (1), 102-119. http://journalism-education.org/

Canter, L. (2013). The misconception of online comment threads: content and control on local newspaper websites. Journalism Practice, 7 (5), 604-619. http://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2012.740172

Canter, L. (2013). The interactive spectrum: The use of social media in UK regional newspapers. Convergence: The international journal of new media technologies, 19 (4), 472-495. http://doi.org/10.1177/1354856513493698

Canter, L. (2013). The source, the resource and the collaborator: the role of citizen journalism in local UK newspapers. Journalism theory practice and criticism, 14 (8), 1091-1109. http://doi.org/10.1177/1464884912474203

Book chapters

Canter, L. (2020). Two-Tier tweeting: How promotional and personalised use of Twitter is shaping local journalistic practices in the United Kingdom. In The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism. (pp. 321-330).

Canter, L. (2020). Canter, L. (2019) Two tier tweeting: How promotional and personalised use of Twitter is shaping journalistic practices in the UK. In The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism. Routledge

Canter, L. (2014). False dawns : the pasts of media futures. In Conboy, M., & Steel, J. (Eds.) The Routledge companion to British media history. (pp. 517-527). Abingdon: Routledge

Canter, L. (2014). Collaboration. In Zion, L., & Craig, D. (Eds.) Ethics for digital journalists: emerging best practices. (pp. 145-158). New York: Routledge

Canter, L. (2014). Collaboration. In Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices. (pp. 145-158). http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203702567-17

Canter, L. (2014). Technology’s false dawns: The past of media futures. In The Routledge Companion to British Media History. (pp. 517-527). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315756202-53


Canter, L., & Wilkinson, E. (2020). Freelancing for Journalists. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Freelancing-for-Journalists/Canter-Wilkinson/p/book/9780367135553

Franklin, B., & Canter, L. (2019). Digital Journalism Studies The Key Concepts. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Digital-Journalism-Studies-The-Key-Concepts/Franklin-Canter/p/book/9781138223066

Theses / Dissertations

Subryan, M. (2021). Existential crisis? UK journalists make sense of theirprofessional practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Clarke, D., Doherty, K., & Canter, L. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00387

Other activities

- External examiner
- Co-founder Freelancing for Journalists

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise dissertations at Masters and PhD level in a variety of subjects within the field of Journalism Studies.


Researcher and commentator on regional press and journalism education.

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