Dr Richard Jones

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Known as

Richard Jones

Contact Details

Current positions

Director of Journalism & PCH


Richard joined the University of Salford in 2023 as Director of Journalism, Politics and Contemporary History.

Previously, he spent ten years working at the University of Huddersfield, latterly as Subject Area Leader for Media, Journalism, Film and Drama. He has also taught at the University of Leeds.

Alongside working at Huddersfield, he completed his PhD part-time through Cardiff University. It was on the topic of court reporting, especially in the UK's local newspapers. His central research interest is in how public institutions are scrutinised during a time of dramatic change in the journalism industry, especially within local journalism. Richard's first monograph, Reporting The Courts, is due to be published by Routledge in 2025.

Before becoming an academic, Richard was a journalist for Sky News, the BBC and a range of radio stations. He also established the award-winning Saddleworth News hyperlocal website.

Areas of Research

Journalism, local journalism, local newspapers, court reporting, media law, local democracy, media work.

Areas of Supervision

Richard is interested in supervising PhD candidates in areas such as, but not limited to: journalism, newspapers, media work, court reporting, media law, local journalism and hyperlocal media.


Richard has designed and taught a wide range of modules on topics including the use of social media and online tools for journalism, radio and audio production, media law and ethics, political reporting, investigative journalism and entrepreneurship in journalism.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD

    2014 - 2021
  • MA International Politics

    2008 - 2009
  • BA Broadcast Journalism

    1999 - 2002