This website is home to the students studying BA Journalism at the University of Derby. It is used to showcase their work and to allow them to practice in a live environment which is open to the public.
The students are helped in their work by tutors and staff at the University, including:
Keith is programme leader of the BA Journalism course at Derby.
He edited three of the UK’s largest regional newspapers: the Derby Telegraph, the South Wales Echo and the Leicester Mercury for more than a decade.
Keith went on to be MD and editor of a number of websites for one of the biggest regional newspaper publishers in the country, Northcliffe Newspapers, before becoming MD of the digital publishing division of the Daily Mail’s internet business.
In all, he spent more than 30 years working in the newspaper and online business.
Keith is currently on the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the new press regulator set up in the wake of the Leveson enquiry into the phone hacking scandal. Almost all national and local newspapers have voluntarily signed up to be regulated by IPSO. As such, he is at the heart of the discussion into press ethics which dominates much of the current debate on media. He is also on a working party which is looking at the detail of how press regulation works in the UK.
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Neil began his career in journalism as a news and sport reporter at the Derby Telegraph before becoming a district reporter for the Western Daily Press – the morning regional newspaper covering the west of England.
He then moved to the BBC as a reporter, producer and presenter for Radio Devon, and, from there, moved to Bristol as a television reporter and producer in news and sport for BBC Points West. In 2001 he moved to Leeds to become a lead producer and manager for BBC Look North – the regional magazine programme for Yorkshire.
Neil also had a spell as Newsgathering Editor for BBC North West in Manchester and worked for BBC Online News.
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