School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Mark Blacklock

Associate lecturer



In addition to my university teaching, I have more than 40 years' professional media experience, both as staff and as a freelance journalist and remain a regular contributor to national titles.


MA- Media and Journalism, Newcastle

Other positions

Former Sunderland University: academic tutor.

Former School of Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University: guest lecturer on BMS3016 - Science Communication.

Former Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University: visiting lecturer on GEOL3271 - Communicating Popular Science.

Former National Council for the Training of Journalists: assessor and examiner.


Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts

Member, National Union of Journalists

Member, Association for Journalism Education

Associate, Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture, University of Southern California


Research interests

My academic interests are focused on developing new methods of practising and teaching journalism, particularly in the use of social media, and in the wider dissemination of journalism skills and media literacy among the general population.



MCH1030 - Writing for the Media 1: Journalism

MCH2059 - Media Law and Ethics


MCH8029 - Arts as Enterprise: freelancing in arts, media and culture (2)

MCH8059 - Media and Law

MCH8069 - Multimedia Journalism: principles and practice