City Journalism department appoints new Head of International course

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Senior lecturer Dr James Rodgers has been appointed as the new Head of International Journalism at City.

Dr Rodgers, who has taught at City since 2012, began the new post last September. He is responsible for the overall direction and content of the departmental courses. He takes over from Brendan Martin, who has been acting head of the department for the last two years.

Before teaching full time at City, Rodgers was a journalist for 20 years, spending five years as a foreign correspondent for the BBC where he covered events including the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Rodgers said: “The course will adapt to the changes in technology as part of an ongoing process where we consult the industry and constantly look for new sources of information. I want students to take on board the ideas that I spoke about during my Journalism, Propaganda and Lies lecture this term, which highlighted the importance of the public trusting the media again.”

The examples of Brexit and Trump being elected as US President will teach students to seek out different sources, which may help to avoid a repetition of past mistakes. Rodgers said: “2008 was a failure in financial journalism. Had there not been the financial crisis then I don’t think we would have seen Brexit and the same US presidential campaign.”

Similar courses at institutions such as London Metropolitan University and University of the Arts have closed during the last year but applications at City for the next academic year look positive. This year there were about 90 students on the International MA course.

Charlotte Mitchell (International, 2017), one of the students in the first cohort to be under Rodgers’ leadership, said: “It’s wonderful to have someone like James managing the course because he has the perfect combination of field experience and academic insight.

“He is clearly passionate about what he teaches and makes a special effort to arrange helpful and interesting events with guest speakers.”

 

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