School of Journalism, Media and Performance
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Amy Binns trained as a photographer before spending ten years as a newspaper reporter. She teaches print and digital journalism.
Her research is largely around finding practical solutions for difficult behaviour online, which involves working with a wide range of people including media industry professionals, and fellow academics.
She still loves a good story and recently researched, wrote and self-published a local history book, Valley of the Chapels, which led her to a new field in feminist history scholarship.
Amy has worked for local newspapers including the Yorkshire Post and magazines including the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Amy published an article on The Conversation in May 2017 about the effect of violent language after the leak of Facebook’s internal training manuals, entitled ‘Facebook’s moderation rules prove it’s OK with being a hostile place for women’.
Binns, Amy (2012) DON'T FEED THE TROLLS!: Managing troublemakers in magazines' online communities. Journalism Practice, 6 (4). pp. 547-562. ISSN 1751-2786
Binns, Amy (2013) Facebook’s Ugly Sisters: Anonymity and Abuse on Formspring and Ask.fm. Media Education Research Journal . ISSN 2040-4530
Research interests include trolling, disinhibition online, anonymity and the abuse of journalists through social media.
Portfolio production module including storytelling and practical interviewing with Foundation Journalism students.
Advanced magazine and newspaper journalism including digital journalism with BA Journalism and BA International Journalism third year students.
Photojournalism with third year journalism students.
She has run several websites for many years and recently helped create the new UCLan student journalist site, uclanlive.
External examiner for Nottingham Trent University
Editorial board of the Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies, edited by Leon Barkho
Referee for various journals including Feminist Media Studies.
History in the Limelight conference, University College London, September 2016. New Heroines for New Causes: How provincial women promoted a revisionist history through post-suffrage pageants
National Conference on Hate Crime & Bullying in the Age of Social Media, September 2015. Don’t Feed the Trolls: Responses and Challenges of Online Behaviour
Past projects include:
- a detailed survey of more than 200 teenage girls regarding their experiences of and attitudes to different social media sites.
- a survey of more than 200 journalists about their experiences of abuse online.
- a review of feminist pageants from the interwar period, using the British Museum’s digitised archive of local newspapers.
Planned projects include:
- how virtual reality cameras impact on journalism.
- the creation of blocking software to prevent abuse and obscene pictures on Twitter and other sites.