Academic work

I have a PhD in Journalism Studies and an extensive academic publishing record with journal articles in Digital Journalism, Convergence, Journalism and Journalism Practice. I have written numerous book chapters for Routledge and I am currently developing a number of textbooks


Academic work

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University. I specialise in freelance journalism, feature writing and digital journalism but also teach academic subjects including research methods, journalism issues, media law, ethics and public affairs.

My research interests include digital journalism, the regional press and journalism education. I welcome collaborative research projects on these topics and can be contacted via email on

I have extensive management experience as Subject Group Leader for Journalism and Public Relations for four years. I have taught undergraduate, postgraduate and international students as well as supervising PhD students at a range of universities including De Montfort UniversityThe University of Sheffield and Southampton Solent University . I have also worked as an examiner for the journalism body the NCTJ  marking Public Affairs, Reporting and the Portfolio.


I have a PhD in Journalism Studies from The University of Sheffield. My doctorate entitled Web 2.0 and the changing relationship between British local newspaper journalists and their audiences focused on two case studies: Leicester Mercury and Bournemouth Daily Echo. The data collected included interviews and surveys with journalists and readers, news room observation and a content analysis of social media / reader comments. 


Canter, L. (2012) The misconception of online comment threads: Content and control on local newspaper websites. Journalism Practice, 7(5), 604-619.

Canter, L. (2013) The source, the resource and the collaborator: the role of citizen journalism in local UK newspapers. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 14(8), 1091-1109.

Canter, L. (2013) The interactive spectrum: The use of social media in UK regional newspapers. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 19(4), 472-495.

Canter, L. (2014) From traditional gatekeeper to professional verifier: how local newspaper journalists are adapting to change. Journalism Education: The Journal of the Association of Journalism Education, 3(1), 102-119.

Canter, L. (2014) Technology’s false dawns: the past of media futures. In The Routledge Companion to Media History, edited by Martin Conboy and John Steel, 517-527. London: Routledge.

Canter, L. (2014) Collaboration. In Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices, edited by Lawrie Zion and David Craig, 145-158. London: Routledge.

Canter, L. (2014) Personalised tweeting: The emerging practices of journalists on Twitter. Digital Journalism, 3(6), 888-907.

Canter, L. (2015) Chasing the accreditation dream: Do employers value accredited journalism courses. Journalism Education: The Journal of the Association of Journalism Education, 4(1), 40-52.

Canter, L. and D. Brookes (2016) Twitter as a flexible tool: How the job role of the journalist influences tweeting habits. Digital Journalism doi: 10.1080/21670811.2016.1168707

Canter, L. (2017) Co-authoring a paper with your undergraduate student. Journalism Education: The Journal of the Association of Journalism Education, 6(1), 36-39.

Canter, L. (2018) It’s not all cat videos: Moving beyond legacy media and tackling the challenges of mapping news values on digital native websites. Digital Journalism.

Canter, L. (2019) Two tier tweeting: How promotional and personalised use of Twitter is shaping journalistic practices in the UK. In The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism, edited by David Baines and Agnes Gulyas. London: Routledge.


Student and supervisor publish Twitter paper

Student and supervisor publish Twitter paper

The dissertation of one of my former journalism students has been published in a special edition of Digital Journalism. Daniel Brookes researched the tweeting habits of journalists at The Star in Sheffield and with a little rewriting we were able to turn the...

What is the value of journalism accreditation?

What is the value of journalism accreditation?

I recently presented a research paper at the annual Association for Journalism Education conference exploring the value of journalism accreditation to industry employers. The findings, albeit on a small scale, indicate that employers are looking for individuals with...

Standing at a career crossroads

Standing at a career crossroads

Earlier this year I had a coffee with a former mentor who was encouraging me to apply for a research post at his institution. During the conversation he expressed that now was the time to consider my future career prospects more carefully than ever as I was at a...


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