I’m a London-born writer whose PhD psychosocially evaluates contemporary UK tabloid journalism from a post-Jungian perspective.
I’m an independent academic researcher, visiting university lecturer and freelance journalist. My research areas are:
I’m writing a book about The Sun newspaper where I worked for decades as a news sub-editor.
I’ve an MA in media from Nottingham Trent University and I studied psychoanalytic theory and analytical (Jungian) psychology at master’s level at Essex University’s Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies (CPS) in preparation for my PhD. I’m now a visiting lecturer on the centre’s Jungian and post-Jungian MA course.
I was a staff national newspaper journalist for 30 years and a university lecturer for 10. I also ran my own media consultancy for a while.
Before enrolling at CPS I’d spent most of my adult life practising and teaching journalism. I was elected a Life Member of the NUJ in 2002.
I was born in Lambeth, the son of a street trader, grew up on a council estate and attended a snotty grammar school.
I qualified as a journalist on local newspapers before blagging my way to Fleet Street (the actual one) where I worked for ten years until the UK’s national newspapers dispersed to other parts of the capital, taking me with them.
For several years after that I was a department head on the late, lamented News of the World and a staff-elected pensions trustee.
I was in charge of editorial production the night Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997. It was, by far, the biggest story of my journalistic career.
After gaining my MA I switched to academia and lectured in journalism for five years at one of the country’s premier J-schools, creating and delivering a prize-winning multimedia module.
I take a broadly Buddhistic view of life and have been a member here for 35 years.
I live with my wife in a historic English medieval town which has morphed into a well-serviced modern village. Our daughter, son and three grandchildren live not far away.