Andrew Hobbs

Senior lecturer, course leader for BA Hons International Journalism

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Greenbank Building, GR235

+44 (0) 1772 89 5993

Subject Areas: Journalism, Media

Andrew teaches practical journalism skills and journalism history. He began his journalistic career with a punk fanzine at school, before 20 years of writing, sub-editing and editing on newspapers and magazines, including the Preston Other Paper, Cheshire Life and the Observer. He worked with young people in Zambia for three years, producing HIV/AIDS education publications. He is a journalism historian, researching 19th- and 20th-century provincial journalism.

Andrew 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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Andrew is keen to supervise PhD students in any aspect of journalism history.

His current research includes Victorian ‘citizen journalists’, poetry and historical writing in the 19th-century local press, and the history of the 20th-century county magazine. He is working on a scholarly edition of the only known diaries of a Victorian provincial journalist, Anthony Hewitson of Preston. Andrew worked with a playwright and actor to adapt the diaries into a one-man play, and he is keen on further creative collaborations based on his research.

Andrew wrote an article in The Conversation in November 2018 about the future of the local newspaper industry, entitled ‘Local newspapers had a golden age – but it was 150 years ago’.

Andrew wrote another article in The Conversation in January 2019 about how the legacy of newspapers' boom time in the Victorian era remains, entitled ‘How Victorian newspapers changed the look of British towns and cities’


PhD History, University of Central Lancashire, 2010
MA History, University of Central Lancashire, 2004
Diploma in Newspaper Journalism, 1984
BA Hons in Psychology & Philosophy, University of Oxford, 1982 


Hobbs, Andrew (2018) A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900. Open Book. ISBN 9781783745593

Hobbs, Andrew (2016) Provincial periodicals. In: The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers. Routledge, London. ISBN 978-1-4094-6888-2

Hobbs, Andrew and Januszewski, Claire (2014) How Local Newspapers Came to Dominate Victorian Poetry Publishing. Victorian Poetry, 52 (1). pp. 65-87. ISSN 1530-7190

Hobbs, Andrew (2013) The deleterious dominance of The Times in nineteenth-century historiography. Journal of Victorian Culture, 18 (4). ISSN 1355-5502

More publications


Member of:

  • National Union of Journalists
  • Higher Education Academy (fellow)
  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (member of Council)

External Roles

  • He is an associate editor of the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, responsible for the local and regional press.
  • He is a peer reviewer for Journalism Studies, Media History, Victorian Periodicals Review and Book History.

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Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Module leader for:

  • JN1502 The Making of the Media
  • JN3047 International Magazine Writing and Production


Besides assisting JAM lecturers with their research, he is preparing material from his PhD research for publication, including the diaries of a Victorian Preston journalist, Anthony Hewitson, the only known diaries of a provincial nineteenth-century journalist.

Andrew won an international prize for his first academic book, A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900 (Open Book Publishers, 2018).  He was awarded the 2019 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, which also led to him being elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.