Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Adrian Quinn

Programme Leader, MA in International Journalism

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MA (Wales), PhD (Glasgow)


Adrian Quinn leads the MA programme in International Journalism which, in the last three years, has attracted students from 19 countries. Adrian is a reporter by training and a graduate of the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff, Wales. He completed his PhD in Sociology at the Glasgow University Media Group.

Adrian joined Leeds in 2011 from the University of Liverpool where he was made an honorary member for life of the Liverpool Guild of Students, the Guild’s highest award, in recognition of his teaching. He currently leads the undergraduate modules Introduction to Journalism and Journalism Ethics. At master’s level, Adrian leads Journalism Theory & Research and Multimedia Journalism. He has been nominated four times at the Leeds Partnership Awards.

Adrian’s 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. Tauris in association with The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. Adrian’s 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.

Adrian has previously written for Media, Culture & Society, The Sociological Review, The International Journal of Cultural StudiesThe Social Science Teacher and The International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics. He has also written for the Times Higher Education magazine and broadcast on the BBC and commercial radio.

This April, Adrian 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. In November, Adrian will be speaking at the Ending Fake News conference in Montreal, Canada.

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.


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

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

I am currently supervising Bethany Usher and serving on the research committee for Alice Butler.

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