Keith Perch

Keith Perch

Position: Deputy Head of Humanities Head of 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, and Head of Journalism. I teach on all Journalism programmes, specialising in print and online Journalism.

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, Introduction to Football Journalism, Work-based Learning, and Independent Study.

Professional interests

I am interested in how traditional 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 at 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 to oversee the ethics and practices of journalists working in newspapers and magazines, and their websites.



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

PGCHE, University of Derby, 2015

NCTJ Proficiency Certificate 1980

Recent publications

My latest research into how the switch to digital is undermining the ability of local and regional newspapers to support local democracy and the principle of open justice was published in Last words? : How can journalism survive the decline of print? / edited by John Mair, Tor Clark, Neil Fowler, Raymond Snoddy and Richard Tait.

You can read articles about my research here and here .

This article talks about the evidence I gave at a discussion on the future of local newspapers at the House of Lords.

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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