School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Katy McDonald

Deputy Head of Media, Culture, Heritage



I joined the department of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University as a lecturer in Journalism in September 2015. Prior to this I was the Programme Leader for the BJTC, Creative Skillset and NCTJ accredited BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree at the University of Sunderland for almost 9 years. I came to academia as a radio journalism practitioner, working as Deputy Head of News for a Sony Gold Award winning news team in the North East. Before I joined the news team I held a variety of roles including producer for a late night phone-in and a football commentary/ phone-in programme.


Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

MA in Journalism

NCTJ Diploma

BA (Hons)

Membership of scholarly societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2014-present).

Academic activities

Member of the Steering Group of the Radio Studies Network in Meccsa

Member of the Radio Academy



My research interests are around the changing nature of the broadcast newsrooms, in particular the implementation of newsroom hubs in commercial radio stations and the impact on newsroom practice. I am interested in the localness of local radio news output and audience perceptions. I have also studied the Raoul Moat manhunt in relation to the implications of user generated content during a media blackout and the blurred lines of social media when journalists live Tweet. My earlier co-authored research into the mediatization of falling in love gave me an understanding of the importance of media technologies during courtship as well as an introduction to research methodologies for academic purposes.


Storey, J and McDonald, K (2014) Chapter 13 'Media Love: Intimacy in Mediatized Worlds' in Mediatized Worlds: Culture and Society in a Media Age. Ed by Andreas Hepp and Friedrich Krotz. Palgrave Macmillan

Storey, J and McDonald, K (2014) 'Love's best habit: The uses of Media in Romantic Relationships'. Published in the International Journal of Cultural Studies

McDonald, K and Starkey, G (2016) Consolidation in the UK commercial radio sector: The impact on newsroom practice of recent changes in regulation, ownership and the local content requirement. Due to be published in the upcoming volume of The Radio Journal; International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media


COM1030 Introduction to Journalism Practice

COM1031 Introduction to Multimedia Technologies for Media Studies

COM1037 Introduction to Multimedia Technologies for Film and Journalism

COME2068 Journalism Practice

COM8299 Dissertation for MA Media and Public Affairs Supervision