Andrew Hobbs

Senior lecturer

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 module leader for JN1502 The making of the media, JN3512 Constructive journalism and JN3516 Work experience.

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

Research Activities

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’

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. 


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 


‘William Saunders and the Industrial Supply of News in the Late Nineteenth Century’. In: The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900 (2020). Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. ISBN 9781474424882 

‘The poet, the newspaper editor, and working-class local literary culture in Victorian Blackburn’Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 168 (2019). pp, 93-116 . ISSN 0140-332X 

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

‘Lancashire Life Magazine, 1947-73: A Middle-Class Sense of Place’Twentieth Century British History, 24:3 (2013). pp. 398-423. ISSN 0955-2359 

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.