Staff profile

Keith Perch

Deputy Head of Humanities, Head of Journalism and Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Keith Perch




College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus, Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am the 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 Entrepreneurial Journalism and Work-based Learning.

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 through their digital channels.

I am also interested in how this affects the skills required by journalists to allow them to succeed and how that, in turn, affects what we teach.

I also have a professional interest in the under-representation of women in football journalism. As part of our unique 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 are fairly represented both in the teaching and studying of the course.

Research interests

My research focuses on how digital disruption of the business models of newspapers is affecting the culture, practices and ethical behaviour of 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 and, on the positive side, how media companies and individuals are reacting to counteract this.

Membership of professional bodies


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

PGCHE, University of Derby, 2015

NCTJ Proficiency Certificate, 1980

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014

Recent conferences

I have presented research into the local press after Leveson to various conferences.

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

In 2016, I organised a conference at the University of Derby looking at the responsible reporting of suicide.  It was attended by more than 40 editors and heard from leading academics and a third-year student who had researched the changing ethics of newspapers.

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.  

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.