Alex Canner

Alex Canner

Position: Lecturer in Journalism

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Humanities

Subject area: Journalism

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Lecturer in Journalism

Teaching responsibilities

I specialise in broadcast media, teaching all aspects of writing, recording and editing techniques across TV, radio and Multimedia. 

Professional interests

I take a particular interest in the fast pace of breaking news and the way many different media platforms handle and broadcast these type of stories to a wide demographic. 

Research interests

I am currently looking into the phenomenon of how social media and the internet can undercut journalism by allowing the public to assemble a news story before it's been confirmed. Jigsaw identification is becoming harder to prevent. 

Additional interests and activities

I have a keen interest in music. I've been lead singer in a 70's guitar rock band called The Dark Horses for over 7 years now. In addition, I play the guitar and drums and have been called in to play these in recording sessions for other bands. 

I studied music technology so in addition to recording for journalism I'm proficient at doing this in a recording studio for bands and musicians and I enjoy editing music.

Experience in industry

I have over 20 years collectively working for BBC radio as a presenter, producer and journalist.

From the early age of 16 I gained experience from working at BBC Radio One’s Newsbeat, BBC Radio 5Live and BBC 3 Counties Radio. Since then across the years I have worked on all aspects of programming including news, consumer and specialist programmes.

I’ve helped to develop stories with the news team on high profile stories such as the Philpott house fire in Derby and the murder of Derby teenager Kadeem Blackwood in Derby. In addition, I was a producer for Derby for the Olympic torchbearing events and for the 2012 London Olympics.

I was part of the news team at BBC Radio Derby which won the Sony Radio Academy Award for station of the year three times between 2007-2011.

More recently I left my continuing contract at the BBC as Station Sound Producer, creating trails jingles and voiceovers and also Social Media co-ordinator.

As such, experience has made me proficient in all aspects of recording editing and producing content to a high standard in TV, Radio and Online. I’m still a freelance for the BBC and was on the breakfast production team during the bombing attacks at the Zavantem airport in Brussels in 2016.

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