About NJR



f1This blog is written by Steve Hill, senior lecturer in journalism at Westminster University, London, UK. He is co-author of Online Journalism: The Essential Guide (with Paul Lashmar of Brunel University).

Prior to joining Westminster in 2015, he lectured at  Southampton Solent University and is a freelance technology journalist.



I  have written about technology, the Internet and business for over 20 years. Prior to joining Solent, I worked at magazine giant EMAP in London, tech publisher V3.co.uk (Incisive Media)  and Paragon Publishing (now Imagine).  I  have also written on a freelance basis for:

  • The Independent,
  • Sunday Express,
  • New Statesman,
  • Computing magazine,
  • New Woman
  • New Media Age
  • Web Designer magazine

I have interviewed  some well-known names including: Bob Geldof, Alan Sugar, Richard Branson, Jerry Springer, David Bowie and  Martha Lane-Fox (now  Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho). I have appeared on Sky News, Radio Five Live (Simon Mayo show), BBC London (Paul Ross Breakfast Show), Radio 1 Newsbeat, LBC, The BBC News Channel as a pundit and I carry out media training for London PR firms.

I am available for writing commissions and consultancy in the areas listed above. Samples of work are available on request.


I lecture in journalism  and run modules  focusing on digital publishing and web theory. I have guest lectured on MA Web Science at the University of Southampton and have been an external examiner at  University for the Creative Arts (UCA Farnham) and Leeds Beckett on their journalism courses. I have also had advisory roles at London Met and London College of Fashion (LCF).

I sit on the committee for the AJE (Association for Journalism Education).


Research interests include the usage of technology in journalism, particularly in relation to user-generated content. I am an expert in Joomla! and WordPress (content management systems), e-commerce and the dot-com boom of 1999-2000. I studied politics at University of the West of England, Bristol and have a postgraduate journalism diploma, a masters in Media Practice, a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Book writing

A) Trade:

I can be contacted through my agent: Creative Authors.

B) Educational:

So what is New Journalism Review?

New Journalism Review was born in May 2006 and was originally hosted on TypePad. It moved to its current home at www.NewJournalismReview.com in December 2009 on WordPress.

I would like to say the title of this blog reflects the ‘new journalism’ that was closely associated with Tom Woolfe in 1970s America,  however it takes its name from a discussion about whether  ‘blogging is journalism’ (or the ‘new new journalism’ as some said in 2005-06).

Blogging isn’t journalism, however it’s quite a useful debate to have in seminars. I’ve done more than my part over the last five years to keep that sometimes tedious debate going, I’m sorry to say.

This blog covers online journalism education from a UK perspective.

It will discuss:

  • Joomla!, WordPress and Drupal CMS software
  • InDesgn
  • Mobile Journalism
  • New Media theory
  • Social Media usage
  • Online political campaigning
  • User generated content (UGC)

New.Journalism.Review has been featured in the Times Higher Educational Supplement- By The Blog, Academics Tread Carefully.

It is also being archived by the British Library Blog’s Collection as ‘a site of research interest’.


I Tweet more than I  blog – you can follow me here.

The Small print

Disclaimer: Needless to say, this blog is written in an entirely personal capacity. The views expressed are purely my own and should not be confused with that of my employer(s). Any cock ups are purely my own. No responsibility is taken for content linked to or re-Tweets.


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Steve Hill

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