Martin Conboy

Professor of Journalism History

University of Sheffield

Martin Conboy joined the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffieild in March 2005 as Professor of Journalism History. He read French and English at Durham University and received his MA and PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. He lectured in the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Potsdam, Germany for five years before moving back to Britain to develop critical linguistic and historical approaches to Journalism Studies. He has acted as external examiner and validator for journalism degrees at eight British universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, has contributed to the work of the British Council abroad and is an active member of the Association for Journalism Education. Conboy's research interests include historical aspects of journalism, national identity and the media, popular journalism and critical approaches to the language of journalism.


Starting in September 2010, he is the Principal Investigator on the £38,000 AHRC-funded research project `Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American newspapers 1833-1988´. With Dr Adrian Bingham of the History Department he shares responsibility for the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History at the University of Sheffield.

He is a member of the international editorial boards of the three main journals in the field: Journalism Studies; Media History; Journalism: Theory Practice and Criticism. In addition, he is a regular contributor to broadcast debates on popular culture and tabloid journalism.

Widely published in refereed journals and edited volumes, he is also the author of six single-authored books: The Press and Popular Culture (2002); Journalism: A Critical History (2004); Tabloid Britain: Constructing a Community Through Language (2006); The Language of the News (2007); The Language of Newspapers: Socio-historical Perspectives (2010); and Journalism in Britain: A Historical Introduction (2011). In addition, he is the co-editor of a series of books entitled Journalism Studies: Key Texts.