Amy Binns

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Greenbank Building, GR253

+44 (0) 1772 89 5694

Subject Areas: Journalism

Amy originally trained as a photographer before switching to writing. She spent 10 years working as a journalist on local newspapers including the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and Yorkshire Post before becoming a lecturer in 2005. She has written for national magazines including the Times Higher Education.

Amy is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Journalism research group.

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She runs a group blog with the magazine students to help promote their work online. She has retrained in video journalism using Avid and Adobe Premiere and is now working on building an app for the journalism department using Android.

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 Media Education Research Journal . ISSN 2040-4530

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Her research interests include trolling on magazine websites, which has brought her into contact with many digital editors. She was invited to speak on the subject at Cardiff's Mapping the Magazine conference in July 2011.


She teaches digital journalism to MA Magazine and BA Journalism students (magazine route). She also teaches writing on the BA International Journalism programme.