Dr Adrian Quinn

Dr Adrian Quinn


I lead the MA programme in International Journalism which, in the last three years, has attracted students from 19 countries. I am a reporter by training and a graduate of the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff, Wales.

I completed my PhD in Sociology at the Glasgow University Media Group. I joined Leeds in 2011 from the University of Liverpool where I was made an honorary member for life of the Liverpool Guild of Students, the Guilds highest award, in recognition of my teaching. I currently lead the undergraduate modules Introduction to Journalism and Journalism Ethics. At Masters level, I lead Journalism Theory & Research and Multimedia Journalism.

I have been nominated three times at the Leeds Partnership Awards.

My most recent research, on trial by media, was published in Media and Public Shaming: Drawing The Boundaries of Disclosure, edited by Julian Petley for I.B. Taurisin association with The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. My earlier work, on Wikileaks, appeared in Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive? The book was launched at the Frontline Club and also featured in the House of Lords Communications Committee evidence hearing on investigative journalism, which complemented Lord Leveson's inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. I have previously written for Media, Culture & Society, The Sociological Review, The International Journal of Cultural Studies, The Social Science Teacher and The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics. I have also written for the Times Higher Education magazine and broadcast on the BBC and commercial radio. In April, I contributed an article to Open Democracy on the need to proceed with Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry. This story features material from a forthcoming, full length journal article. 

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of news, journalism and current affairs. I have researched conspiracy culture and media coverage of extremism. I have a developing interest in the reporting of the European Union. I have also written on whistleblowers and trial by media.

Research projects

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Student education

I am Programme Leader for the MA in International Journalism and Senior Fire Warden at the School of Media & Communication.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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