Dr Adrian Quinn

Dr Adrian Quinn


I am Ethics and Assessment Lead at the School of Media and Communication. I have been a media educator for 25 years. I came to Leeds after ten years at the University of Liverpool where I hold an honorary life membership of the Liverpool Guild of Students, the Guild’s highest award, given in recognition of my teaching. I have frequently been nominated for inspirational teaching at the annual Leeds Partnership Awards.

I am a reporter by training and a graduate of the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff, Wales. I have worked and studied in the UK, France and Canada and completed my PhD at the Glasgow University Media Group. My most recent research appears in the Palgrave Handbook of Media Misinformation (2022). That research, on the subject of fake news, comes from papers I presented to the Ending Fake News conference in Montreal in November 2018 and again at the Media Education Summit in Leeds in April 2021. My previous work appeared in April 2018 in Open Democracy, where I previewed material from a full length journal article on the need to proceed with part two of the Leveson Inquiry. Earlier research, on trial by media, featured in Media and Public Shaming: Drawing The Boundaries of Disclosure, edited by Julian Petley for the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. My work on Wikileaks, appeared in Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive? That book was launched at the Frontline Club and also featured in the House of Lords Communications Committee evidence hearing on investigative journalism, which complemented the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. 

I have previously written for Media, Culture & SocietyThe 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. I recently appeared on BBC1’s Points of View, where I spoke about the phone hacking scandal.  

Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of news, journalism and current affairs. I have researched fake news, 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.

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Student education

I am Ethics Lead at the School of Media & Communication and I serve on the Research Ethics Committee for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures.

I am also a Fire Marshall at the School of Media and Communication.

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