Prof. Janet Jones

Dean, School of Arts and Creative Industries

 

For 15 years Janet was a BBC television producer and senior broadcast journalist where she was series editor for 'BBC for Business' and worked as a producer across a range of financial and political programmes including 'The Money Programme', 'Financial World Tonight', 'In Business' and 'Panorama'.

Professor Jones' first lectureship was with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth before moving to the University of the West of England, Bristol to undertake the role of Associate Head of Department from 2006 to 2013. Janet then moved on to Middlesex University as Professor of Media and Head of Department.

An authority on the media industry, Janet has written several academic articles and books on the subject of journalism and democracy, the study of the internet and the public sphere, the future of public service broadcasting and public participation in multi-platform media. She has also published a book on the International Big Brother phenomenon. Her latest co-authored book, 'Digital Journalism' (Sage) was published in 2012.

Professor Jones's research interests include media regulation and policy, journalism and interactive media. Janet's current AHRC-funded research investigates the potential of news games and playable documentary to change the way users interact with the news agenda. A new future for news and documentary: six collaborative teams were awarded £50,000 to bring storytelling, design and technology together to innovate and inspire audiences.

Professor Jones has written several academic articles and books. Subjects covered include journalism and democracy, the study of the internet and the public sphere, the future of public service broadcasting and public participation in multi-platform media. She has also published a book on the International Big Brother phenomenon.

Professor Jones appears as a regular newspaper reviewer for the BBC Wales Good Morning Programme, and often contributes to its drive-time current affairs programmes. Topics have included: the BBC's right to its licence fee, the ongoing fall-out from Leveson, The Royal's rights to privacy, media coverage of suicide; The Sun Newspaper's electoral influence and the career fortunes of older female presenters.

Janet chaired the BBC Anchor Local News group from 2009 to 2012, examining the potential of new business models for Local/Regional News and Media working with the local media industry, freelance TV, radio and print journalists and community organisations.

 
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