Professor Sarah Niblock

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Sarah Niblock is a journalist, broadcaster and author whose scholarly research includes journalism studies, media and cultural studies, visual culture and musicology. She is co-author (with Stan Hawkins) of 'Prince: The Making of a Pop Icon' (Ashgate) and numerous other books, chapters and articles. Sarah’s work embraces reflexivity and closing the theory/practice gap. She is a public speaker on popular culture, with appearances at the ICA, South Bank Centre, Latitude Festival and is a frequent contributor to broadcast and online journalism in the UK and internationally. She enjoys strong links with the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, having reported on major stories such as Hillsborough.  She has supervised doctorates to completion and assisted on others in the UK, Australia and Scandinavia. Sarah is on the editorial board of four international peer reviewed journals. 

NCTJ-trained, Sarah began her career in local and regional newspapers and, while volunteering as a trainer on a project for disadvantaged youth in Liverpool, developed her passion for media education. She has since combined academic work with ongoing journalism practice. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, Company, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, MTV and other outlets.

Sarah has a PhD in psychoanalytical theory and visual culture. She has also subsequently trained in psychotherapy and coaching.

Before joining Westminster, Sarah was a head of department at Brunel University, London, senior lecturer at City University's Department of Journalism and prior to that taught at the then London College of Printing, Middlesex University and Warrington Collegiate Institute (now University of Chester).

Sarah has extensive experience in leading and delivering accredited journalism training and education. She was the higher education representative on the National Council for the Training of Journalists' Quality Assurance and Standards Committee from 2007-2016. Sarah has also led and taught modules in ethics, horror film, independent cinema, writing and publishing studies and theoretical approaches.

She has supervised theoretical and professional doctorates.

1. Reflexivity as a research methodology: Sarah embraces the practitioner voice through newsroom ethnographies, interviewing and experiential phenomenology;

2. Journalism and trauma: informed by her links with the Dart Centre, Sarah undertakes research into reporting practices, ethics and self-care in dialogue with the journalism industry;

3. Popular culture, gender and identity: Sarah explores the impact of pop culture icons (such as Prince) on identity at particular moments of social/cultural/political transition.    


Reframing reporting of childhood sexual exploitation: three journalists reflect (2017)
Niblock, S. and Bindel, J. 2017. Reframing reporting of childhood sexual exploitation: three journalists reflect. Journalism Practice. 11 (5), pp. 577-591.


From the high ground to the swamp: A model for immersive journalism research (2015)
Niblock, S. 2015. From the high ground to the swamp: A model for immersive journalism research. Journal of Applied Journalism & Media Studies. 4 (2), pp. 223-237.


Envisioning Journalism Practice as Research (2012)
Niblock, S. 2012. Envisioning Journalism Practice as Research. Journalism Practice. 6 (4), pp. 497-512.


Prince: For You (2016)
Niblock, S. 2016. Prince: For You. in: Hamelman, S. (ed.) All by Myself Essays on the Single-Artist Rock Album Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.


Russell Brand: the compassionate humorist (2015)
Niblock, S. 2015. Russell Brand: the compassionate humorist. in: Keeble, R.L. and Swick, D. (ed.) Pleasure of the Prose: Humour in Journalism Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Abramis Academic Publishing.


Media Professionalism and Training (2013)
Niblock, S. 2013. Media Professionalism and Training. London Palgrave Macmillan.


Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon (2011)
Niblock, S. and Hawkins, S. 2011. Prince: The Making of a Pop Music Phenomenon. Farnham, Surrey Ashgate Publishing.


Journalism: A Beginner's Guide (2010)
Niblock, S. 2010. Journalism: A Beginner's Guide. Oneworld Publications.


News Production: Theory and Practice (2006)
Niblock, S. and Machin, D. 2006. News Production: Theory and Practice. London Routledge.


Inside Journalism (1996)
Niblock, S. 1996. Inside Journalism. London Chapman & Hall.


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