Leicester graduates in the news: Neil Fowler

Posted by mjs76 at Oct 05, 2011 05:24 PM |
A life in journalism, from the Ripple to the Merc’ to Which? – and now a Fellow at Oxford

The Hold the Front Page website (“the home of UK regional journalism news and jobs”) has a feature wherein they ask five set questions of a leading figure in local journalism. This week it’s Neil Fowler who graduated from the University of Leicester in 1977 with a BA in Social Sciences.

Alongside his studies, Neil wrote pieces for The Ripple, our student newspaper which was founded by Malcolm Bradbury back in 1957 and this led to his first journalistic role as a reporter for the Leicester Mercury. Before he turned 30, Neil was editor of the Lincolnshire Echo, then moved to the Derby Evening Telegraph, the Western Mail and eventually reaching the position of publisher of the Toronto Sun.

Neil was lured back from Canada to edit Which? magazine and then took up a position at Nuffield College, Oxford where he is the Guardian Research Fellow, studying the decline of the UK local newspaper industry and what might be done about it.