David Baines

David Baines leads the journalism section of the Media and Cultural Studies team at Newcastle University’s School of Arts and Cultures, where he is degree programme director of the MA in International Multi-Media Journalism. 

He has designed and taught modules on the principles and practice of journalism, media ethics and public administration, but specialises in media law. His research interests include the development of community journalisms; changes in the journalism profession and practices; the political economy of local newspapers and expanding diversity in the news industry workforce.

David was a daily newspaper journalist for 30 years, and for much of that time was involved in training within the industry. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Communication Ethics; a trustee of media ethics and education charity MediaWise; a fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a member of the Professional Training Committee of the National Union of Journalists and a member of the Association for Journalism Education.

His publications include Baines D, Kennedy C. An Education for Independence: should entrepreneurial skills be an essential part of the journalist's toolbox?. Journalism Practice 20104, and Baines D. Hyper-local: glocalized rural news. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 2010,30.

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