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July 29, 2011

‘Inspirational’ journalism prof wins top teaching award

Filed under: Uncategorized, News, ethical space editors blog, Headlines, journalism — news_editor @ 2:48 pm

Professor Richard Lance Keeble, Acting Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism (LSJ) and director of the Institute of Communication Ethics, has become the first academic at the university to win a National Teacher Fellowship - the top award for teachers in higher education.

The prize, worth £10,000 for professional development, will be awarded at a ceremony at Middle Temple Hall, London, on 5 October.

Professor Mike Neary, Dean of Teaching and Learning, said: “Richard has been at the forefront of developing progressive teaching and learning practices at the University of Lincoln. Key to Richard’s contribution has been to recognise the importance of ethics and progressive politics to pedagogical practice more generally; and to find ways to embed these core aspects for teaching and learning across the student experience.”

Professor John Tulloch, Head of the LSJ, commented: “This award is richly deserved. Richard is a hugely experienced and inspirational teacher of journalism. In particular, he has pioneered the teaching of media ethics and human rights in the journalism curriculum - two subjects that the industry badly needs to address, as the current scandal over phone hacking shows. We need to enhance journalism training and help to support a new generation of journalists who fully understand the ethical issues and are confident and courageous enough to say no to unethical practices, whatever the pressures from employers. Richard’s work helps to build a better journalism. The LSJ is proud of him.”

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, commented: “I am delighted that Richard has been recognised as a National Teaching Fellow. It demonstrates his considerable contribution to teaching excellence in journalism, not only at Lincoln but his wider engagement and influence.”

After studying history at Oxford University, Professor Keeble, who is joint editor of ICE’s journal, Ethical Space, worked on the Nottingham Guardian Journal and Cambridge Evening News before becoming director of the International Journalism MA at City University, London, in 1984. On 1 April 2003 he became Professor of Journalism at Lincoln.

He has taught in all the main journalism subject areas - both practical and theoretical. His book, The Newspapers Handbook (Routledge) is now in its fourth edition and is considered the seminal text in the field. He has also throughout his career sought to integrate his research interests into his teaching. Thus, at Lincoln, he has launched modules on Peace and Conflict Reporting, Ethics, a new MA on War and International Human Rights and a new BA in investigative reporting.

Along with Professor Tulloch, he has advanced the study of literary journalism: in particular the reporting of George Orwell and Robert Fisk. He has also done much to promote the critical engagement with the industry inviting top journalists such as John Pilger, Phillip Knightley, Bridget Kendall and Dorothy Byrne to give talks to his students.

His 20 written and edited texts cover a broad range of topics: for instance, communication ethics, the internet and news and the coverage of the Afghan War. And he has given talks in many countries including Australia, Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Malta, Montenegro, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United States.

Professor Keeble commented: “Throughout my career I have been lucky to work alongside many wonderful colleagues in both the academy and journalism. I would like to thank them all, sincerely, for their support.”

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