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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Deborah Wilson David

Deborah has worked for the BBC in news, current affairs and general programmes for more than 25 years. She launched the subject of Journalism at Lincoln and has been an educator in the UK, Europe and the US. She is an external examiner in radio and broadcast journalism, is a judge for international and national radio and audio awards and is a regular speaker at international conferences. 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 and Reporters Sans Frontieres.

Department Responsibilities

Deborah is Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning of the School of English and Journalism.  As the School’s international lead, Deborah has specific interests in and involvement with Europe, the US and South Africa. Teaching responsibilities encompass journalism practice and theory across the School's range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Deborah has also developed the School’s close links with the journalism industries, particularly in broadcast news.

Subject Specialism

Transatlantic broadcasting, multiplatform news and hyperlocal news.  The history of BBC radio and BBC local radio.  Reporting the European Union.  Innovation in broadcast journalism education.


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


Judge, Radio Academy Radio Production Awards, Audio 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

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Research Interests

  • BBC Local Radio

  • Consumer journalism

  • Hyperlocal news

  • Multiplatform News Production

Research Projects

  • Social media in journalism education — awarded £1500 by Association for Journalism Education in 2013
  • Applying principles to practice: Developing civic journalism on a University based community radio station — awarded £9350 by ADM-HEA in 2008
  • Teaching Fellowship — awarded £15000 by University of Lincoln in 2003

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