Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Ian Bucknell

Senior Teaching Fellow in Journalism

0113 343 5806

Clothworkers' Building North, Room 2.22

Office hours: Wednesday 10.30am.-12.00

MSc Information Science, City University; BA (Hons) English Language and Literatures, University of Hull

My role is to teach students the production skills and journalistic understanding they need to create factual television and digital media.


I began teaching in the school part-time in 2011 and became a full-time member of the team in 2015. I lead practical sessions in TV news production, documentary making and digital journalism on the Journalism degree programme. I recently designed and developed our new Journalism Practice modules that ensure the students skills and knowledge match current industry practice. On these modules, I teach second years how to produce journalism for social media, create interactive webpages, make videos for mobile devices, live blog with WordPress and use SnapChat and Instagram to tell stories. I have also created and now teach Camera and Editing for Journalists, a module that provides first years with the technical skills they need to complete future practical assignments. In the third year, I draw upon my experiences with the BBC to teach documentary production skills such as fly-on-the-wall camera work, creating shooting scripts and advanced post-production techniques.

Before teaching full-time, I worked as a producer and video journalist with BBC television. During my 13 years with the world’s leading public service broadcaster, I had a variety of editorial and production roles across a wide range of news, sports and documentary programmes. In 2012 I won a European award (CIRCOM) for best sports programme for producing Yorkshire Olympic Dreams. Another highlight was filming, producing and directing a behind-the-scenes documentary called “Jessica Ennis: Golden Girl” for BBC Sport. Other programmes I have worked on include Helicopter Heroes, Look North, Inside Out, Late Kick-Off and the Super League Show. I have also contributed to Newsnight, BBC News and Panorama.

I have become a uniquely skilled all-rounder who can film, edit, report and produce factual television and digital journalism to a high standard. My role at the university allows me to pass those skills on and prepare students for the varied challenges of working in the media.

I continue to split my working life between the classroom and industry through freelance assignments at the BBC and in the independent sector. This allows me to keep informed of current practices, expand my professional network and identify career opportunities for our students.



  • COMM1305 Introduction to Journalism
  • COMM1330 Camera and Editing for Journalists
  • COMM2410 Journalism Practice
  • COMM2420 Live Journalism Practice
  • COMM3300 Individual Project Portfolio


My YouTube channel contains a few examples of my BBC and commercial work.


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