I am co-founder of the Media Innovation Studio, the University of Central Lancashire’s media research and development lab in the UK. Nurturing the lab as a powerful force for change since 2012 has been one of my career highlights and I am priviliged to work with a dynamic and creative team. The studio has several core aims around community, innovation, inclusion and sustainability and works across a range of themes: data, sustainability, internet of things, sensors, methods for research and the Civic Drone Centre.

As an award-winning journalist with ten years’ experience in the print and magazine industry, I have been researching social media and the business of journalism for many years, including studies and publications on the revenue models of restricted media, the potential for emerging and alternative business models, and the wider impact of technology on media business. I lectures in the UK and in Europe on social media and its impact on journalism.

My research includes Research Council UK funded projects exploring collaborative revenue models and open media innovation. I have lead and been involved in several research bids with national and international research councils and has been commissioned by several external bodies to carry out research projects within the civil society and hyperlocal media sphere. I speak internationally in French and English, including events such as SxSw in Texas, Google Campus’ Journalism Entrepreneurs Summit, at Obsweb and Conférence nationale des métiers du journalisme. I graduated from the University of Hull with Special BA(Hons) in European Studies and has since completed her National Certificate Journalism and NCTJ. I became a fellow of the Higher Academic Institute with a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

I am currently engaged in my thesis study understanding the revenue viability of small scale media firms under the Director of Studies Dr Francois Nel with additional supervisors Dr Sue Smith and Dr George Ogola at the University of Central Lancashire. I also supervise PhD students in the area of hyperlocal journalism, communication, alternative media distribution, diaspora community needs and marginalised communities.

I am on the advisory board for ICNN community news network and the steering committee for ICT4D North (oE)

Projects and readerships in the areas of:

  • journalism and media business models
  • revenue models
  • hyperlocal and community intelligence and demonstrators
  • media development
  • technology for good
  • community digital activism