Academic CV

Academic and innovative researcher

  • Senior Lecturer and Journalism Lead at University of Sussex
  • PhD supervisor and research active academic with expertise in intelligence and a pioneer on research into intelligence-media relations
  • PhD: on UK intelligence agencies and news media relations. Completed 2015
  • Awarded grants from research councils – see research page
  • Expertise in subject leadership and course development including designing and running an app development module
  • Identified as the UK’s first data journalist
  • Recent publications include co-authored textbook Online Journalism
  • Experienced external examiner

Advisory posts

Adviser: The Centre for Investigative Journalism (TCIJ) alongside Seymour Hersh, Lowell Bergman, David Leigh, Philip Knightley and many other leading industry figures.

On the steering group that created the Bureau for Investigative Journalism

External Advisor: Re-approval panel for BA Journalism at CESINE University, Santander, Spain (a partnership with London Met). Sept 2015.

External Examiner: BA and MA Journalism at University of Winchester 2013-current

External Examiner: MA Journalism at London College of Communication 2010 – 2014

External Examiner: MA in Journalism course at Brunel University 2007-2009

External Assessor: on validation panel for BA Journalism (Hons) at Kingston University July 2003

Guest editor Ethical Space journal on ethical issues on the intelligence agency and media interface in the light of Edward Snowden’s revelations. Published December 2015

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Previous teaching experience

  • 2009–2015 Brunel University: Subject Lead, Journalism and Course convenor: MA International Journalism, UG Convenor, UG admissions tutor. Promoted to Senior Lecturer.
  • 2008-2010 University of Bedfordshire: Research Fellow at Research Institute for Media Art and Design
  • 2007-2009 Southampton Solent University: Associate lecturer at on the BA (Hons) Journalism course.
  • 2001-2009 University College Falmouth: Part-time staff member on the MA Broadcast Journalism course (part of a team that developed the course from a PgDip to multi-strand vocational Broadcast Journalism MA, validated April 2006). Also convened the MA Broadcast Investigative Journalism strand. Part of a team that developed and launched a MA in International Journalism (validated April 2006).


  • April 2014: Malawi Institute of Journalism: Carried out baseline assessment of provision of investigative journalism in Malawi.
  • 2008 Western Journalists and China: Working with Professor Ivor Gaber, Paul toured China in August 2007 organising two-day seminars for Chinese journalists and information officers in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Nanjing. The courses were a joint partnership between University of Westminster’s China Media Centre and Tshinghau University and funded by the British Embassy in Beijing. The courses were designed to prepare Chinese media professionals for the arrival of the Western media in the Beijing 2008 Olympic year. Hosted by Professor Li Xiguang, Executive Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, they were attended by many senior journalists and government information officials.

Visiting lecturer
Between 1984 -2001 Paul gave many lectures on journalism at media schools including City University and London College of Communications. He also lectures on historical research at Kingston University, the Institute of Contemporary British History, Leicester University, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Nottingham University and the University of Birmingham.