John is the Module Leader for the Digital News Skills and the Sports Journalism modules on the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree and a tutor on the MA Broadcast Journalism programme. He teaches Broadcast and Convergence Journalism; runs multiplatform news days; takes media law seminars and has responsibility for students' industry placements. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Communication University of China in Beijing.
John has spent the majority of his career as a Midlands-based radio journalist, working on local, regional and national stations as a reporter, news reader, sports commentator and also acting as the news editor for some of the UK’s biggest commercial radio stations. He has read the news, scheduled the music, devised the competitions or managed the newsrooms of stations as varied as Heart, LBC, Capital and Free Radio. John worked as a reporter, producer and football, cricket and horseracing commentator for the BBC in the East and West Midlands for three years, prior to joining Nottingham Trent University in 2014. He still does this on an ad-hoc basis alongside his university responsibilities, working for the BBC in Nottingham, Derby and Stoke. He also hosts Notts Tonight and the Notts TV Debate for Nottingham’s local TV station Notts TV.
John has delivered media training for Marketing & Communications students at the University of Birmingham and provides freelance PR support for a variety of businesses and organisations. Prior to taking up his post at NTU, he was a Guest Lecturer for the London College of Communication and Birmingham City University as well as undertaking media training for BT, British Transport Police and Leicestershire County Council.
John has addressed the annual conferences of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations and PR Week magazine and was a speaker and contributor to the 2017 Sino-UK Creative Industry Education and Skills Collaboration Forum in both Ningbo and Beijing
He also project managed the 2014 in 2014 charity campaign which raised just under £60,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
John has more than 13 years’ on-air experience in both radio and television and has written for a variety of online, digital and print outlets. He can comment on topics relating to:
- Social Media
- Charity / fundraising
- Sports commentary
- Coverage of election campaigns