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Dr Andrew Hobbs

Senior Lecturer in International Journalism, Research Degrees Tutor for Journalism
School of Arts and Media

Andrew is a former newspaper and magazine journalist who teaches on practical and theoretical journalism modules. He researches the history of journalism, particularly local/regional identities in 19th-century provincial newspapers and 20th-century county magazines. Andrew is keen to supervise postgraduate projects on the history of journalism.

Andrew leads a number of journalism modules, conducts research and co-ordinates the journalism postgraduate research students. He assesses research proposals on the university's Ethics Review Panel for Business, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Andrew's journalism career began with a punk fanzine in his teens. After his undergraduate Psychology and Philosophy degree, he reported and sub-edited on regional and national newspapers and magazines. A specialism in HIV/AIDS led to three years working for Zambian NGO Family Health Trust, helping young people to produce their own training and education materials. Back in the UK, an interest in history led to a part-time Masters a full-time AHRC-funded PhD, and an academic career. He is currently editing the only known diaries of a Victorian provincial journalist, Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912), and produced a play marking the centenary of Hewitson's death, in collaboration with playwright Derek Martin and actor John Hickey. Andrew gives talks to local history groups, and has given interviews to the media about newspaper history. He has written two articles for The Conversation, and contributes to a number of history blogs.

  • PhD History, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
  • MA History, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
  • NCTJ Diploma in Newspaper Journalism, Richmond College, Sheffield, 1984
  • BA (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy, University College, Oxford, 1982
  • 2019 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, for best book on Victorian newspapers and periodicals, awarded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, for his 2018 open-access book, A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900.

Modules Taught

  • JN1502 - The Making of the Media
  • JN2506 - The Professional Journalist 2 (International)
  • JN2507 - World Desk 1
  • JN3506 - World Desk 2
  • JN3512 - Constructive Journalism
  • JN3516 - Workplace Experience
  • History of journalism
  • History of reading
  • Provincial print culture
  • 19th-century newspapers and periodicals, particularly the local press
  • 20th-century county magazines
  • Print culture and local identities
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of council and editorial board, Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
  • Member of editorial board, Victorian Periodicals Review