Keith Perch

Keith Perch

Position: Deputy Head of Humanities Programme Leader Journalism Senior Lecturer Journalism

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Humanities

Subject area: Humanities, Journalism

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I am the Deputy Head of Humanities (Media), and teach on the Journalism programme. I am also the Programme Leader for Journalism and the subject leader for the JHS.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on several modules, specialising in print and online journalism, along with law and ethics.  

My current modules include Introduction to Journalism, Professional Development in Journalism, Work-based Learning, Independent Study, and Reporting Practices.

Professional interests

I am interested in how tradtional media companies cope with the deep disruption caused to their business models by the digital revolution, particularly how newspapers adapt to the changing world.  

I am also interested in how this affects the skills required by journalists to allow them to succeed in the future.

I also have a professional interest in the under-representation of women in football journalism. As part of the new BA (Hons) Football Journalism programme that I am setting up with the University, I am working closely with a number of organisations, including Women in Football, to ensure that women have a fair representation both in teaching and studying on the course.

Research interests

My research focuses on how digital disruption of the business models of newspapers is undermining the culture, practices and ethical behaviour of their journalists.

I am particularly interested in the adverse effect this has on some key areas of our society such as local democracy and the principle of open justice.

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Society of Editors

Director of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the  regulatory body set up by the press in the wake of the Leveson enquiry.


BA (Hons) Philosophy and Classics, University of Kent, 1978

PGCHE, University of Derby, 2015

NCTJ Proficiency Certificate 1980

Recent conferences

I presented a paper on the local press after Leveson to a conference held at Chester University, November 2014

I also presented a paper at the Future of Journalism Conference at Cardiff University, September 2015

Experience in industry

I edited three of the UK's largest regional newspapers: the Derby Telegraph, the South Wales Echo and the Leicester Mercury for more than a decade.

I was also MD and editor of a number of websites for one of the biggest regional newspaper publishers in the country, Northcliffe Newspapers, before becoming MD of the digital publishing division of the Daily Mail's internet business.  

In all, I spent more than 30 years working in the newspaper and online business.

I am currently on the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, the new press regulator set up in the wake of the Leveson enquiry into the phone hacking scandal. Almost all national and local newspapers have voluntarily signed up to be regulated by IPSO. As such, I am at the heart of the discussion into press ethics which dominates much of the current debate on media.  

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