“Teachers and writers who helped shape the emergent field [of Documentary Studies] included…. especially, Brian Winston in England, who succeeds both as a filmmaker and a scholar. Winston’s keen, witty and adversarial writings are perhaps the most challenging and entertaining in the field”
Betsy McLane (2012) A New History of Documentary
New York: Continuum p. 380
Dr Brian Winston is The Lincoln Professor. His primary areas of interest are freedom of speech, journalism history, media technology and documentary film, all of which he teaches. He is the founding chair of British Association of Film, Television and Media Studies and has been a governor of the BFI. Winston sits on the editorial board of British Journalism Review. He is a Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University. Prof Winston has been involved with media since he joined Granada UK’s World In Action in 1963. He has written for magazines and newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic and his television work in documentary was awarded in 1985 with a US prime-time Emmy (for WNET, New York). In 2012, a feature-length documentary on Robert Flaherty – A Boatload of Wild Irishmen – which he wrote and co-produced won a Special Jury prize from the British University Council for Film and Video. Winston was the founding director of the Glasgow (University) Media Group whose pioneering studies of television news, Bad News (1976) and More Bad News ((1980), have been re-issued as a classic of media sociology. He has written 16 other books and contributed over 40 chapters to books across the field of communications. With Media Technology and Society (1998) he established the concepts of ‘supervening social necessity’ and ‘suppression of radical potential’ as factors in technological change. His writing on the documentary includes editing The BFI Documentary Film Book (2013). His latest books on free expression are A Right to Offend (2012) and The Rushdie Fatwa and after: A Lesson to the Circumspect (2014).
Winston, Brian and Beharrell, Peter and Davis, Howard and Eldridge, John and Hewitt, John and Oddie, Jean and Philo, Greg and Walton, Paul and Broadbent, Lucinda and Kimmett, Gordon and Spaven, Malcolm and Williams, Kevin (1995) Glasgow Media Group reader, volume 1. Routledge, London. ISBN: 415127297
Winston, Brian and Beharrell, Peter and Davis, Howard and Eldridge, John and Hewitt, John and Oddie, Jean and Philo, Greg and Walton, Paul (1976) Bad news: volume 1. Routledge and Kegan Paul, London. ISBN: 710084897
Winston, Brian (2011) Hacia un documental post-griersoniano. In: Tradição e reflexões: contributos para a teoria e estética do documentário/Tradición y reflexiones: contribuciones a la teoria y la estética del documental . Livros Labcom, Lisbon. ISBN: 9789896540623
Winston, Brian (2011) Para um documentário pós-griersoniano . In: Tradição e reflexões: contributos para a teoria e estética do documentário/Tradición y reflexiones: contribuciones a la teoria y la estética del documental . Livros Labcom, Lisbon. ISBN: 9789896540623
Winston, Brian (2002) The coming of 16mm sync sound. In: Weltwunder der Kinematographie: Beitrage zu einer Kultureschichte der Filmtechnik = Contributions towards the cultural history of film technology. Polzer, Potsdam, Germany. ISBN: 3934535208
Winston, Brian (1997) The journalist's perspective. In: Health scares : conflicting agendas : a report of the proceedings of a seminar organised by the West Wales Centre for Public Health at the Welsh Water Conference Centre, Enterprise Park, Swansea on 29th April, 1997. School of Postgraduate Studies in Medical and Health Care, University of Wales, Swansea, Swansea.