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    University of Lincoln
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    Ms Deborah Wilson

    Deputy Head of School

    School of English & Journalism
    College of Arts

    About Deborah Wilson

    Deborah has worked for the BBC both as staff and freelance in current affairs and general programmes for more than 25 years, as a reporter, presenter and producer for the BBC in local and regional stations across the UK as well as network radio and television. As a founder member of the LSJ she launched the subject of Journalism at Lincoln. She is an external examiner at institutions across the UK in radio and broadcast journalism, is a national radio judge for the Radio Academy and is a regular speaker at international conferences in North America, Europe and the UK. Deborah continues to work in radio news and current affairs production and is a broadcast and journalism training consultant for bodies including the Council of Europe.

    Department Responsibilities

    I have been leading the School both formerly as the School of Journalism and the current School of English and Journalism and teach across the programmes in Journalism including multiplatform news production and dissertation supervision. I have responsibility for the School’s international activities and links with Europe, the US and South Africa. I am the liaison with the BBC Educational Partnership.

    Subject Specialism

    Transatlantic broadcasting, multiplatform news, hyperlocal news and the history of BBC radio and BBC local radio


    • ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management — Institute of Leadership and Management, 2013
    • MA Computer Visualisation and Animation — Bournemouth University, 1992
    • BA(Hons) Media Production — Bournemouth University, 1991
    • BBC Staff Radio Training Course — BBC Training Unit, 1980


    • Regional (International) Edward R Murrow Award; Radio Documentary News — RTDNA, 2013
    • Regional (International) Edward R Murrow Award for Radio Reporting; Hard News — RTDNA, 2012
    • Regional (International) Edward R Murrow Award; Radio Feature Reporting — RTDNA, 2012
    • Innovation in Broadcast Journalism Teaching — Broadcast Journalism Training Council, 2009

    Professional Affiliations

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Judge, Radio Academy Radio Production Awards and the Midlands Media Awards
    Consultant for the Council of Europe, Moldova
    Visiting Lecturer in Radio, Universitat Basel, Switzerland
    Visiting Lecturer in Journalism, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
    Visiting Lecturer in Journalism, School of Journalism and Public Relations, Skopje, Macedonia.
    Freelance broadcast journalist
    Media and journalism training for local, national and community groups

    Research Interests

    Research Projects

    • Social media in journalism education — Awarded £1,500 by Association for Journalism Education in 2013
    • Applying principles to practice: Developing civic journalism on a University based community radio station — Awarded £9,350 by ADM-HEA in 2008
    • Teaching Fellowship — Awarded £15,000 by University of Lincoln in 2003

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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