Professor Mick Temple

Job Title and Responsibilities

Professor of Journalism & Politics

Field Responsibilities – Responsible for students with special needs and module registration.

Member, Professorial Conferment Committee

Member, Research Degrees Committee
Member, Centre for Media, Arts & Technology, Applied Research Committee Steering Group


About me

After a number of years attempting to become a rock star, I finally went to university as a mature student in 1983, taking a degree in Politics with Sociology. I then completed a PhD, examining political coalition theory, which won the Walter Bagehot Prize for the best PhD published in British politics. In 1993 I moved from Plymouth University to Staffordshire University as a lecturer in public policy and politics – the Politics and International Relations team at Staffordshire was then among the most highly regarded in the UK. In 2001, I moved across to join the new Journalism team and helped to establish our industry-accredited Journalism degrees. We are now one of the leading university Journalism departments - staff members sit on the committees of the major accreditation bodies (the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and the National Council for the Training of Journalists) and write and supervise many of the professional examinations. After serving as a committee member, I was elected chair of the Association for Journalism Education (which represents over 50 university journalism departments) from 2008-2012, and launched their peer-reviewed academic journal Journalism Education in 2012. Our annual Journalism party at the Underground in Hanley is a highlight for everyone, with the staff and student band, The Temple-Hudson Experience, allowing talented students to display their singing and playing skills and permitting sad never-has-beens among the staff to live out their dreams to a wildly enthusiastic audience celebrating the end of their student years.



Plymouth Polytechnic, B.Sc. (Hons) Politics with Sociology, awarded July 1986

University of Plymouth, PhD, awarded June 1992.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Co-editor, Journalism Education, peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Journalism Education

Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Media & Communication Studies, LUISS University, Rome, 2012 - ongoing

External examiner, Plymouth University, BA Politics degrees, 2011 - ongoing

Member, Political Studies Association (PSA), 1992 – ongoing

Conference panel co-convenor, Media & Politics Group (MPG) of the PSA, 2004 – ongoing. Responsible for co-organising the PSA annual conference sessions, held in 2013 at Cardiff City Hall, and the yearly MPG sub-conference, held in November 2012 at the University of Bedfordshire.

Member, Association for Journalism Education, 2004 - ongoing, elected committee member 2006-2008, and elected Chair from 2008-2012


Mick Temple has published extensively on many areas of British politics, the media and political theory in academic journals, newspapers and magazines. He also broadcasts regularly on current affairs for radio and television, and was an analyst for BBC television at the 2010 general election. He is the co-editor of Journalism Education, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the Association for Journalism Education, which represents the interests of university Journalism departments.


Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I was part of the AJE team who wrote and presented evidence on the teaching and practice of journalism ethics to the Leveson Inquiry into press practices (2011-12)

Regular provider of psephological expertise to BBC TV Midlands for local, European and general election programmes, including for the BBC TV programme The Sunday Politics and, recently, on news programmes during April and May 2013.

Regular commentator on political issues for BBC radio and television, local and national, including The Sunday Politics, BBC Radio 5 and BBC television news.

Political columnist in the regional press (Sentinel, regular weekly column, 2008- 2012)

Member of the Speakers for Schools programme, founded by the BBC’s Robert Peston with the Education & Employers Taskforce

Research and Interests

All my recent and current work is rooted in the history, theory and current practice of the relationship between the political process and the media, especially the role of journalism (see publications below). Previous research has looked at areas including coalition politics, local, regional and national governance, electoral reform, and political theory.

Selected Publications


The British Press (Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2008)

Blair (London: Haus Publishing, 2006)

Journal articles
“The media is the message”, Journal of Political Marketing, Vol. 12 (2), 2013

“In defence of a free press” Journalism Education, Vol. 1 (2), 2012

“The promise of Blair’s New Labour . . .” New Perspective, Vol. 17 (1), 2011

“Political marketing models: the curious incident of the dog that doesn’t bark”, with H. Savigny, Political Studies, Vol. 58 (5), 2010

“In praise of the popular press: the need for tabloid racism”, Politics, Vol. 30 (3), 2010
“The future of journalism education in the United Kingdom: a personal view from the academy”, MediAnali, Vol. 3 (5), 2009

Book chapters

‘Civic and audience empowerment: the role of citizen journalism’ in R. Scullion, R. Gerodimos, D. Jackson & D. Lilleker (eds.) Agents of (dis)empowerment: media and civic engagement (Routledge, 2013)

‘The dog and lamp-post: why Leveson won’t change the relationship’ in R. Keeble and J. Mair (eds.) After Leveson: the future of journalism (Abramis, 2013)

 ‘Reporting politics: enlightening citizens or undermining democracy?’ with D. Lilleker, in S. Allan & K. Fowler-Watt (eds.) Journalism: New Challenges (Bournemouth University, 2013)

‘We are not all journalists now’, with G. Hudson, in S. Tunney & G. Monaghan (eds.) Web Journalism: A New Form of Citizenship? (Sussex Academic Press, 2010)

‘Political marketing, party behaviour and political science’ in J. Lees-Marshment, C. Rudd & J. Stromback (eds.) Global Political Marketing (Routledge, 2010)

Keynote addresses

‘Media representations of leaders in the British general election of 2010: the decline and fall of press influence?’ at the International Conference on Leadership and New Trends in Political Communication, LUISS University, Rome, 20-21 May, 2011

Current Teaching


Level 4: The British Press; Thinking Journalism
Level 5: The Politics of Broadcast News; Behind the Headlines
Level 6: The Political Columnist; Writing Sports Columns


Journalism Studies; Sports Broadcast Studies


Mick Temple
Professor of Journalism & Politics
Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294519