Professor Richard Lance Keeble

  • Job title: Professor of Journalism, School of Journalism
  • Organisation: University of Lincoln
  • Email: R Keeble

National Teaching Fellow 2011


Over many years Professor Richard Keeble has played a central role in the development of journalism teaching in higher education, writing and editing 20 books. His Newspapers Handbook (fourth edition, Routledge) is regarded as the seminal textbook on reporting skills. The acclaimed investigative journalist John Pilger said of it: “The author clearly has a passion for informed, honest and humane journalism.”

Dorothy Byrne, head of Channel Four News and Current Affairs, also comments: “Richard is a major figure in the debate about journalism in the UK. His innovative thinking and academic excellence forms the foundation of his inspirational teaching.”

Richard has been at the University of Lincoln since 2003. Before that, he taught for 19 years in the Journalism Department, City University.  During this time he has promoted the teaching of journalism ethics in a number of ways: his Ethics for Journalists (Routledge) is now in its second edition and he is a director of the Institute of Communication Ethics. At both City and Lincoln he has run successful modules on journalism ethics and at Lincoln he has helped promote research ethics across the university.

While at City he was co-director of the innovative International Journalism MA; at Lincoln he has introduced a BA in Investigative Journalism and Research, BA modules in International Human Rights for Journalists and Peace and Conflict Reporting; an MA in Journalism, War and International Human Rights and a Journalism PhD by Practice.

Richard has contributed to the teaching and study of literary journalism in higher education, being also the co-editor of The Journalistic Imagination (Routledge). In recent years, he has joined forces with Coventry University and the BBC College of Journalism to organise conferences on a range of contemporary issues such as the reporting of the Afghan conflict, the impact of the internet on the news and the reporting of the Arab Spring. Out of these have emerged texts which combine the reflections of top journalists with those of leading international academics in the field. While at City and Lincoln he has encouraged critical engagement with the industry and integrated top journalists into his teaching programmes.