Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Adrian Quinn

Lecturer in Journalism

0113 343 5812

Clothworkers' Building North, 1.25

Office hours: Wednesdays, from 1-2pm and by appointment

MA (Wales), PhD (Glasgow)


Adrian Quinn 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 modules Multimedia Journalism and Broadcast Journalism Ethics at level two and Journalism Theory & Research at master’s level.

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’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.

Adrian is currently finishing two journal articles. One is called ‘Citizen-journalists: from the Passion to the present.’ The other is called ‘A trial of the mind: Pete Townshend & internet child abuse,’ which Adrian will present to the XXVII conference of the International Association for Media and History, to be held in Paris from 10-13 July, on the theme of Crime, Violence and Justice. The event is hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Analysis of the Media (CARISM) and the French Press Institute, Pantheon-Assas University.


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 Academic Integrity Officer for the School of Communication & Media as well as Fire Warden and Health & Safety Officer.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Bethany Usher is under my supervision.

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