The CV of Professor Jane Chapman


Professor of Communications,

University of Lincoln,

School of Journalism,

Brayford Pool,






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Department Responsibilities

Jane welcomes new applications from potential PhD students in all aspects of comparative media history and the history of print publications - UK, Commonwealth, and foreign language (especially Francophone and India) as well as the fields of 19th and 20th century literary journalism, radio history, gender and newspapers, comics and cartoon history. In the past she has supervised students researching: comparative French and English cartoons of the Boer War, documentary and historiography, human trafficking of women and Israel's asylum seekers, documentary and queer theory.

She is currently supervising: Swedish literary journalism and labour history, comics and the World Wars- gender and ethnicity, BBC local radio history, comics and the World Wars-heroes and villains.

Jane is responsible for research leadership and mentoring, grant management and new grant development. She advises on new masters' programme validations and course design, and on international academic research connections.


Subject Specialism

Journalism & comparative media history, political satire, cartoons and comics, cultural history, documentary, 19th and 20th century comparative research methodologies.




  • BA (Hons) 2.1 University College, University of London - History (medieval & modern)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE in Teaching of History), University of Cambridge
  • PhD London School of Economics - Dept. of International Economic History
  • European Post-Graduate Certificate in Audiovisual Production, EEC Media Programme (EAVE)
  • Firm Start Diploma in Business Management, University of Bristol
  • European Post-Graduate Certificate in Multimedia for Independent Television Producers



Posts Held


  • 2009 - Present: Professor of Communications, Lincoln School of Journalism
  • 2007- 2009: Reader, Lincoln School of Journalism
  • 2005-2007: PL, Lincoln School of Journalism
  • 1999-2005: SL, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London
  • 1998: Visiting Lecturer, London College of Communication
  • 1997-1998: Somerset County Council, Dept. of Adult Education
  • 1995-7: freelance reporter, BBC Radio 4 ('You & Yours') & Radio 5 Live ('Sportshop')
  • 1992: Chief Executive, Eurostep - Pan European educational satellite channel with offices in Holland, Brussels, London and Rome: annual budget 3.5million pounds, 30 permanent staff. Funded by the European Space Agency
  • 1991-3: University of London, Birkbeck College: summer schools and own courses on writing documentary; documentary project development and budgeting 1990: City University School of Journalism- own one day course writing for documentary    
  • Chapman Clarke Films, MD & producer (own company)
  • Staff researcher, Southern TV (ITV) - current affairs, local programmes, plus ITV's longest running network children's series 'How' and 'The Peasants' Revolt, 1381', a history drama documentary



Freelance employment:


  • 1998: Reporter on BBC Radio 5 Live 'Sportshop'     
  • 1997: Reporter on BBC Radio 4 Live 'You and Yours'    
  • 1996: Assistant producer /director BBC West TV    
  • Sub-editor HTV West News
  • Researcher HTV West     
  • On-screen reporter TV-am   
  • Senior journalist, Granada Reports
  • Assistant producer, BBC Current Affairs - Newsweek and Panorama



Honours, International Esteem and Visiting Fellowships:


  • 2014: nomination for Best Book Award, AEJMC / AJHA (USA)
  • 2013: election as Research Associate and Former Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge.
  • 2008-2013: Visiting Fellow Wolfson College & Centre of South Asian Studies, Cambridge
  • 2013: election as Fellow of Royal Society of Arts FRSA, UK)
  • 2013: Specialist Consultant, BBC 'Our Place in the First World War', TV, radio and other media.
  • 2013: Editorial Board, Journal of South East Asian Studies.
  • 2012- 13: keynotes Cambridge, OU, Sheffield, Hull
  • 2012-2015: Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Australia
  • 2012: member of editorial boards of:  International Journal of Communication (India); Fusion (Australia); Journalism Education (UK).
  • 2012: Chosen via competitive selection to represent AHRC for collaborative programming with the BBC for the First World War Centenary.
  • 2012: Emerald Publishing Best Article of the Year Award, second place.
  • 2009-2011: Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of the Media, University College Dublin
  • 2010-2011: Visiting Professor, Department of Modern History, Macquarie University, Australia
  • 2010 to present: Honorary Associate, Centre for Media History, Macquarie University Australia.
  • 2010 to present: member of ESRC Peer Review College, AHRC Peer Review College.
  • Application pending as ESRC Panel Member.
  • 2009-2011: Visiting Fellow, Centre for the History of the Media, University College Dublin
  • 2009: keynote guest speaker, Centre for the History of the Media Distinguished Public Lecture 2009, School of History, University College, Dublin.
  • 2006: Comparative Media History: 1789 to the present (Cambridge, Polity Press, 2005) nominee for Best Book of the Year, AEJMC (American Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, journalism history division).
  • 2005: research and publications on French revolutionary press recognised by the Académie Française in correspondence from the then President, former Prime Minister Pierre Messmer.
  • 2005: Comparative Media History: 1789 to the present (Cambridge, Polity Press-single author), nominated for Best Book of the Year, AEJMC (American Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication).
  • 2003/4: Visiting Scholar, North Carolina State University Faculty of Continuing Education
  • Best film finalist award, International Film & Television Festival of New York for 'It's Your Choice' (careers film).





  • 2014 > 'The National Centre for First World War Popular Cultural Expression' - AHRC - IN PREPARATION / AWAITING DECISION, 2014
  • 2014 >  'Comic Strips from the World Wars' - AHRC Follow-on funding - IN PREPARATION / AWAITING DECISION, 2014
  • 2013/14 Our Place in the First World War - AHRC / BBC Consultancy, 2013
  • 2011/15 'COMICS AND THE WORLD WARS-a Cultural Record' - AHRC
  • 2007/9 'FEMINISING INFLUENCES ON MASS CIRCULATION' - British Academy, 2007
  • 2006/7 Funding for conference attendance in USA - c. £1100 - British Academy, 2006



Professional Affiliations


  • AJE Association of Journalism Educators (UK)
  • PCA The Popular Culture Association (USA)
  • Popcaanz Australasian popular culture association
  • The Media History Network (USA)
  • MeCCsa



International External Consultancies


  • 2013 - 2014: AHRC funded consultant for the BBC East on First World War ‘Our Place in WW1’.
  • 2011: interviewee Australian public radio (ABC) on international journalism ethics
  • 2010-2011: curator of exhibition on ESRC Indian research, Macquarie public art gallery.
  • 2010: BEA (Broadcast Educational Association), USA: judge for student documentary awards, documentary division.
  • 2009: BEA (Broadcast Educational Association), USA: judge for student documentary awards, documentary division.
  • 2006: EU funded (Bologna Agreement) /BBC World Service – professional development for lecturers from Uni. of Kiev, Ukraine -how to develop and design a media history curriculum.
  • 2006: Channel 4 – expert historical adviser for documentary on early life of Queen Mother and the role of media in Abdication Crisis.



Editorial board membership: 3 journals in India, Australia & UK.


Peer reviewing for: AHRC, ESRC, Routledge, Bloomsbury Press, 4 academic journals.


Exhibition curating experience:


  • 2014 (Nov) Leeds University WW1 Cartoons, in collaboration with Comics Forum
  • 2013-14: Comics and the World Wars – 2 exhibitions in partnership with The Cartoon Museum, London.
  • 2011: India- Past, Present and Abroad – co-curator, Macquarie University Public Art Gallery (catalogue ISBN available).
  • Forthcoming exhibition on WW1, curator, Macquarie Public Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia.



Media Engagement:

 ‘Our Place in FWW’ AHRC funded consultant, BBC East of England (2013-14)

YouTube public talks:



International radio research talks:




External Examining:


  • 2014: Keele University, PhD Viva
  • 2011-2014: BA Journalism, London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London;
  • 2010-2011: PhD Viva examiner (twice), University of Glamorgan;
  • 2009: PhD Viva examiner, Cardiff University ;
  • 2009: validation of BAs in English & Theatre Studies and English & Journalism, University of Central Lancashire ;
  • 2008- 2010: 5 journalism masters courses Nottingham Trent University ;
  • 2006-2009; BA in Journalism with French, Dublin Institute of Technology



PhDs & Mentoring: 3 completions, 2 more due late 2014; mentoring Puna University (India), Macquarie University (Australia), Cambridge University.