A network of expert Industrial Fellows and discussion leaders

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The Journalism Leaders Programme is a space to share - experiences, ideas, strategies and techniques. Key to this process is a dynamic network of creative media professionals, management consultants, senior executives and academics.

Head of Department

Mike WardMike Ward

Mike Ward is the head of the Department of Journalism and is known internationally for his book Journalism Online (Oxford, Focal) 2002.

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Programme Director

Francois NelFrançois Nel

François Nel is the founding director of the Journalism Leaders Programme.

An award-winning journalist, educator and textbook author with experience in the US, UK and South Africa, François is also a technology enthusiast who got hooked on the Internet while at university in the 1980s and started teaching computer-assisted research and reporting in the mid 1990s, shortly after the World Wide Web was widely introduced.

He has been involved in e-learning initiatives since 1999. Two years later he joined the Department of Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire where he has spearheaded the development and implementation of blended-learning courses for professionals.

Francois has degrees from North Park University, Chicago, and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. He has studied journalism at Columbia College, Chicago, and financial and strategic management at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

He is a co-author of the annual World Newspaper Future & Change Study, which is published by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). His current doctoral research at City University, London, considers issues that arise in the space where journalism, leadership, business and technology intersect.

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Visiting Professor in Digital Journalism

Jane SingerJane Singer

Jane joined the department in January 2007 for three years as the Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism.

She remainis an associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, and played a pivotal role in enabling the UCLan/Johnston Press collaboration to exploit the benefits of new and emerging digital technology.

Jane’s research into digital journalism has been published widely, including analysis of newsroom convergence, journalist bloggers and online newspaper coverage of U.S. elections. She is on the editorial board of a number of influential academic journals and is associate editor of Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Her professional experience included 10 years in the editorial department of what evolved into the Prodigy interactive service. Jane was Prodigy's first news manager, in charge of one of the first around-the-clock news products ever to be delivered to Americans' homes through a computer. She also has five years experience as a reporter and editor at three daily newspapers in the eastern United States.

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Discussion leaders

Ian AshmanDr Ian Ashman

Ian Ashman, who is a senior lecture in business organisation, has worked at the University of Central Lancashire for nearly 14 years and before that was employed as a systems analyst at a large insurance company. He resides in the Division of Human Resource Management – part of the Department of Strategy and Innovation.

He has a first degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His PhD, entitled The Meaning and Utility of Organisational Commitment: An Existentialist Critique and Reconceptualisation, was completed at Manchester Metropolitan University.

As his PhD title suggests Ian’s research interests tend to focus on philosophical matters, particularly existentialism and aesthetics. However, his applied interests include corporate social responsibility and business ethics. He is currently developing a research project that explores the processes of ethical decision making in news gathering media. Ian has recently published articles in the journal Business Ethics: A European Review and has articles forthcoming in Leadership, the Journal of Business Ethics and Management Research News.


Mark ComerfordMark Comerford

Mark Comerford established Europe’s first online newspaper in 1994 when he launched the website of Sweden’s biggest daily newspaper Aftonbladet.

He initially moved to Sweden in the early eighties to work as a welder and a ship builder before moving to work in the digital world.

Since then he has spread his journalism knowledge across the globe teaching people from Africa to Britain how to get the best out of the internet and digital technologies. He is a keen advocator that journalists should not to be confined by what technology can currently offer, but rather make technology work for them.


Andy Dickinson

Andy DickinsonAndy is a digital media specialist and is the leader of the Digital Media Production course. Visit his blog at www.andydickinson.net

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Bob Eggington

Bob EggingtonBob Eggington is an experienced journalist and technologist, who works in the space where content and technology overlap. He specialises in helping clients produce top class editorial content, presented to the highest degree of professionalism.

Bob has launched some world-beating Web sites, including BBC News Online, the TV Genius and the The Food Standards Agency. Other clients include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Reuters, the Royal Scottish Corporation, numerous universities and foreign governments.


Martin HamerMartin Hamer

Martin G Hamer has been a journalist since 1983. He spent 12 years at the Press Association where his roles included New Media Sports Editor and Editorial Development Manager. He currently works for BBC News Interactive.

He has lectured at Liverpool John Moores University, where he earned an MA in Journalism Studies, and at the University of Sheffield, where he successfully launched an MA in Web Journalism and also earned an MEd in E-Learning. Martin is a co-author of Key Concepts in Journalism Studies (Sage: 2005).


Jeanne HillJeanne Hill

Jeanne Hill is a Principal Lecturer in Marketing and Advertising in the Lancashire Business School. She had many years experience working in advertising agencies and in marketing and senior communications positions in Canada for international companies, such as Bristol Myers and Dupont, before coming to the UK.

Jeanne’s research interests include management education, change management, strategic management and marketing in transitional economies, strategic managerial competences, and teaching and learning, which are reflected in numerous publications and conference presentations. She holds BA, MA and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto and an MSc from the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester.


mhobsMichael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs is a writer, academic and television producer specialising in factual entertainment. He has written and produced programming for the BBC, Channel 4 and Five. After completing an MBA at Henley Management College and winning The Evening Standard Scholarship, his research on Charismatic Leadership with Professor Malcolm Higgs was published as a Henley Working Paper.

Michael is continuing his research into charismatic leadership whilst consulting on Leadership and Communication issues to industry and writing comedy. He is a member of BAFTA and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Heather HopkinsHeather Hopkins

Heather Hopkins is Vice President of Research for Hitwise UK. Hitwise is the leading competitive intelligence service and helps its clients acquire more customers online and to benchmark website performance against competitors.

As head of research for Hitwise UK, Heather analyses the trends affecting businesses online and works with Hitwise clients to identify opportunities and threats to online business growth. Heather publishes regular research reports on the search, travel, retail and gambling sectors providing insights to help Hitwise clients improve search marketing and affiliate programs.

She is a regular speaker at industry conferences, including Search Engine Strategies, European i-Gaming, ad:tech, and World Travel Market. Heather contributes a regular column to NMA and Media Week and is quoted regularly in trade publications and the nationals. You can read Heather’s blog at weblogs.hitwise.com/heather-hopkins.

Prior to joining Hitwise, Heather was a Vice President with Dalbar, a market research firm in Boston, Massachusetts and Toronto, Ontario.


Louisa JonesLouisa Jones

Louisa Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management in the Department of Tourism and Leisure Management. Prior to her appointment, she was involved in teaching and curriculum development at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. She has subsequently been a mentor to World Bank fellows visiting the UK from Turkey.

She also has a particular interest, derived from her MSc in Business Administration (Information Technology), in the application and role of Information Technology in the service sector, and undertook research assessing software suitability for Sports Facilities.

Along with Mac McCarthy, she is researching the growth and development of gay football and investigating the motivations and experiences of players in gay teams in the UK.

nkayNigel Kay - Industrial Fellow

Nigel Kay has been a BBC journalist for more than 30 years. When he left the Corporation in October 2005 he was the professional line manager for 3000 television, radio and online journalists working in the BBC's Nations and Regions.

Nigel led the introduction of video-journalism in regional television newsrooms, and was responsible for the successful integration of the BBC's network and regional news programmes. He also created a UK-wide newsgathering team for BBC News 24. He was series editor of the BBC2 current affairs strand HomeGround from 1998 to 2002.

He's an experienced change manager and has run a number of successful radio stations and local television programmes. Nigel has also presented network and regional current affairs programmes on BBC1 and BBC2.


Jeff KayeJeff Kaye

Jeff Kaye is a journalist, media consultant, academic and author.

He has worked as a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in the US and UK, was European Editor of the entertainment industry bible The Hollywood Reporter, spent a year as a freelance writer in Paris, edited a computer games magazine and was Head of Content for consumer websites at British Telecom and World Online.

In his work as a media consultant, Jeff has developed and implemented communications and editorial strategies for companies ranging from a pan-European broadcaster to an E-Commerce start-up developing a new online payment system.

Jeff has a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University in California and an MSc in E-Commerce from the University of London, Birkbeck College, where he wrote his dissertation on commercial strategies for online newspapers.

He is the co-author of Funding Journalism in the Digital Age: Business Models, Strategies, Issues and Trends


Owen LeedsOwen Leeds

Owen Leeds completed a first degree in Chemistry & Business in 1980 and then wandered in to the furniture manufacturing industry, where he stayed until 1999, fulfilling a number of roles from shop floor to director level; this also involved opening and closing factories in a number of parts of the UK. Owen made the leap into higher education in 1999 and is currently teaching and researching business strategy and entrepreneurship.


Mac McCarthyMac McCarthy

For the last eleven years, Mac McCarthy has shared his time between the university and being involved in management consultancy in a variety of public and private sector organizations, both nationally and internationally.
His work has focused mainly upon Management Development, Change and Creativity; this has included providing some leadership influencing programmes to a wide range of managers.


Robb MontgomeryRobb Montgomery

Robb Montgomery is the CEO and founder of Visual Editors.com He has worked as a newspaper editor and designer for thev Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Based in Chicago, Robb consults on newspaper redesigns, trains
journalists and develops digital projects including: web video,
social networks and interactive multimedia.

He has produced work of distinction with small community weeklies, metropolitan dailies, alternative weeklies. His clients include The Examiner Group, the Sun-Times News Group, the World Editors Forum, IFRA/ASIA, The Golf Gazette and the American Press Institute.

Visit his multimedia blog at www.robbmontgomery.com


Mark NicholsMark Nichols

Mark Nichols is a Professional Business Coach who trained with The School of Coaching at The Work Foundation. Mark works with individuals and teams to help them achieve their objectives whilst integrating their values, learning and experience.

Mark also teaches Executive Development in the University's Journalism Department.


KsuttonKeith Sutton - Industrial Fellow

The president of the UK Society of Editors for 2004-5, Keith Sutton is an award -winning editor with experience in both the national and regional press. He has worked in sport, news and features on newspapers including the Daily Mail and the Sun to the Sunday Times. He was chief sub-editor (features) on the Daily Express and features editor of the (London) Evening News. He was launch editor of the national newspaper News on Sunday.

Sutton is currently Editorial Director of the CN (Cumbrian Newspapers) Group and editor of the daily News & Star in Carlisle, which in 2005 was named the Daily Newspaper of the year for the third time, and The Cumberland News, which won the Weekly Newspaper of the Year prize.


Mark TungateMark Tungate

Mark Tungate is a British journalist and author based in Paris. As well as writing about advertising creativity for Campaign and the French business magazine Stratégies, he is a correspondent for the trend forecasting service WGSN (Worth Global Style Network). He has also written about French style for The Times. He is the author of the book Media Monoliths: How Great Media Brands Thrive and Survive, published by Kogan Page.