Job: University of Sussex Teaching Fellow in Journalism Ref 762

School of Media, Film and Music
Department of Media, Cultural Studies and Journalism

Full time, Permanent
Salary range: starting at £31,656 and rising to £37,768 per annum
Closing date for applications: 26 May 2016
Expected start date: 1 September 2016


The School of Media Film and Music at the University of Sussex wishes to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Journalism.

You will possess strong practical experience in journalism or a higher degree in a relevant area or will have equivalent scholarly or relevant professional activity. You will have teaching experience to undergraduate level. You will have strong experience in the practice of journalism and awareness of how to teach this practice to others. You will be interested in developing journalism at the University of Sussex.

An advantage would be experience of and the ability to teach emergent technologies for journalism delivery including mobile journalism and/or social media platforms and/or data journalism.

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University of Sussex climbs up the league tables

Sussex University has  risen in the Complete University Guide tables.

Overall it is now 18th up from 21st last year.

Communication and media has gone from 21st to 13th in the table

Now in top 20 in all major league tables.



Want to be a journalist? Join Sussex’s accreditated MA

Journalism (2016 entry)


MA, 1 year full time/2 years part time

Journalism is undergoing many changes but remains a crucial part of democratic public life. We aim to provide you with a critical overview of journalistic practice, and practical training.

  • You are taught by very experienced faculty. Media and Film at Sussex is ranked in the top 15 in the UK in The Complete University Guide 2015, and in the top 20 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. Communications and media studies at Sussex is ranked in the top 100 in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
  • Brighton Journalist Works (BJW) prepare students on the MA in Journalism for the National Council for Training Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism.
  • Both BJW and the School of Media, Film and Music offer excellent technical facilities, including a dedicated newsroom equipped with the latest software, television and radio studios, and a suite of digital media laboratories.

Also view our key facts infographic about the University

  • 9 minutes to Brighton
  • 60 minutes to central London
  • 14,594 students study at Sussex
  • 30 clubs and sports teams
  • 19th in The Guardian
    University Guide 2016
  • 4th in the UK for research
    influence, in the top 200
    Times Higher Education World
    University Rankings 2014/15
  • 90% of graduates from our
    postgraduate courses, in
    employment, are in graduate level
    jobs (DLHE survey 2013)
  • 38th in the world for international
    outlook (Times Higher Education
    World University Rankings

Brighton Journalist Works (BJW) and the University of Sussex

Elements of our degrees are taught by experienced journalists at our partner institution, BJW, who are based at the Sussex Innovation Centre on the University campus. This hands-on training is framed within the academic and intellectual agenda delivered at Sussex. Guest masterclasses by industry professionals are a regular feature of our courses.


This MA is accredited by the NCTJ. The NCTJ delivers the premier training scheme for journalists in the UK, and itsaccreditedqualifications are highly respected and valued throughout the UK journalism industry. The University of Sussex is the highest-ranking university in the UK to offer an NCTJ-accredited qualification in journalism and is one of only five institutions in the UK to offer the NCTJ industryspecialist module for broadcast.

This MA is also recognised by the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF). The JDF offers bursaries to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds who do not have the financial means to attend NCTJ training courses. Visit


PL interviewed by Radio New Zealand on Panama Papers leak

More awkward questions – and the future of big leaks

9:10 am today

Stories sparked by the Panama Papers keep on coming. Will they encourage more leaks? Or are people with things to hide now wise to the risks?

  • Listen (duration 11′ :39″)
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The international gang of super-rich tax-avoiders must fear future leaks,” said The Dominion Post.

But will they? Those with things to hide may already be operating under the assumption private financial dealings could be made public.

Investigative reporter and researcher Paul Lashmar. “That’s a rather pessimistic view,” British investigative journalist Paul Lashmar told Mediawatch.

The author of Online Journalism: The Essential Guide and a lecturer at the University of Sussex, Mr Lashmar said the ICIJ’s track record was littered with big leaks.

PL quoted in BBC piece on the history of journalism leaks

From Panama to Sparta: A brief history of leaks

PL and senior academics urge Cameron to launch Leveson part two – FT letter.

PL among 20+ senior academics who have urged PM David Cameron to initiate part two of Leveson Report recommendation in a letter published today in the FT. on page 21 of the hard copy.

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We urge Cameron to stand by his promises on press regulation

Sir, We write as senior academics in journalism, law, media and politics to draw attention to the prime minister’s failure to keep his promises on press regulation.

In the wake of revelations about widespread wrongdoing by sections of the UK press, David Cameron solemnly promised victims of press abuse a new, independent, effective system of press self-regulation. He made the same promise to parliament.  More required.)

PL’s article on the Panama Papers expose in the Conversation

Panama Papers: remarkable global media operation holds rich and powerful to account

April 3, 2016 9.42pm

With the Panama Papers exposé perhaps we can now say the fortress walls of offshore secrecy are finally cracking. Such havens allow corruption and tax avoidance to take place on a massive international scale by some of the richest and most powerful people on Earth. Meanwhile, the poor get poorer.

Western politicians have huffed and puffed about clamping down on offshore havens but in reality their collective breath would not have knocked over a little piggie’s straw house let alone bastions of vested interest. It is thanks to investigative reporters, whistleblowers and unprecedented international media collaboration that the matter is being forced.

to read Panama Papers overview

Secret Offshore accounts – all the interest reminds me of this story from ten years ago

Offshore havens ‘declare war’ on honest taxpayers; EVASION_’Abuses’ cost billions each year

By Paul Lashmar

The Independent on Sunday  September 24, 2006 Sunday

NEWS; Pg. 1

The US Senate has accused the Isle of Man, the Cayman Islands and other offshore havens of facilitating tax evasion that costs other countries billions of pounds every year.

The accusations are made in a report by Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He said: “I believe the findings are explosive: the report blows the lid off tax haven abuses that make use of sham trusts, shell corporations and fake economic transactions to help some people dodge taxes.”

Senator Levin added that tax havens have “in effect declared war” on honest taxpayers.

The report, Tax Haven Abuses: The Enablers, The Tools and Secrecy – the result of a yearlong investigation – criticises the Isle of Man and other offshore jurisdictions for their secrecy and lack of regulation.

One of Britain’s leading tax experts, Richard Murphy of the University of Nottingham, said Senator Levin’s attack was the latest in a growing number of complaints over offshore territories and the British Government’s attitude towards them.

“Levin has highlighted what is really happening in the UK’s tax havens and it’s not pretty,” he said. “They sell secrecy and sham that let people evade taxes that they would clearly owe but for the charade the haven provides.

“It’s obvious the US has had enough of this, and it’s going to be a serious embarrassment to the UK if we do nothing about it.”

But a Treasury spokesman said: “The Government has effectively tackled both corporate and personal tax avoidance structures time and again. To suggest otherwise is misleading and inaccurate. On an international level the Government has consistently worked for greater openness and transparency in tax.”

The Levin report also makes a series of recommendations aimed at making it harder for US citizens to use offshore accounts.