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Catherine Adams

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Staff Group(s)
Broadcasting and Journalism


Catherine Adams is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Communications and Society, specialising in Journalism. She is the Module Leader for Voice; Media; Text: Multimedia Communications SOCT30712. Catherine is also a Lecturer on a range of modules, including the teaching of Practical Skills for Journalism, PR and Advertising. She also supervises dissertations on a wide range of subjects.

Career overview

Catherine has been in her current post since September 2014. She was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at NTU's City site and BBC broadcast journalist and newsreader at BBC's Nottingham studios for twelve years. She has worked in the media industry, mainly as a producer and reporter, for 25 years. Previously she was a correspondent for many national and international news outlets, including:

  • BBC radio, online and television
  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Independent
  • IRN Radio
  • Deutsche Welle Radio
  • ABC Radio
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • New Zealand Herald
  • US News and World Report
  • United Press International news agency.

Catherine was the BBC's reporter in Bucharest, Madrid, Suva, Havana, Johannesburg and Washington DC and the Eastern Europe correspondent for UPI and The Times newspaper.

Research areas

Catherine is interested in research on international journalism and the representation of women in the media.

External activity

  • Continues to freelance as a journalist and documentary-maker for national print, online and broadcasting outlets
  • Acts as National Union of Journalists Student Liaison Officer for the Nottingham branch
  • Has worked as External Validator for journalism courses at the University of Sunderland
  • Regularly attends academic and industry conferences, most recently the Social Media Summit, London 2014
  • Guest speaker on journalism at a variety of institutions, such as the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Writers Studio
  • Consultant on journalism for various organisations, such as the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Sponsors and collaborators

Catherine successfully co-ran a project funded by Nottingham Trent University awards SPUR grants (Supporting Projects for Undergraduate Students) to encourage students to become involved with cutting edge research.


Catherine published an article in May 2013 in the Journal of Gender Studies on the coverage of women's sport in local media, called Sport is King. This paper was presented at the CIRCOM conference on Journalism at the University of Navarre.

See all of Catherine Adams's publications...