Tuesday, 24 November 2020



Then vs. now: Photos of City’s retiring journalism lecturers

Barbara in 2001.

Dr Barbara Rowlands in 2001.

This year, four much-loved City Journalism MA lecturers are retiring. To celebrate their time here, XCity Plus has put together a selection of photographs from both their early years as lecturers and the present day.

Professor Lis Howell

Old photo of Lis Howell
Lis Howell when she joined City in 2002.

Before joining City in 2002, Prof Lis Howell was a TV producer and executive. She started two channels as programme director at GMTV and Living TV. Prof Howell is director of postgraduate studies and director of broadcasting.

Recent photo of Lis Howell
Prof Lis Howell now.

Prof Howell is hoping to stay around part-time as a manager of the Expert Women project โ€” a survey-based project where postgraduate students count the number of women on flagship TV and other radio news programmes.

Roy Greenslade

Roy Greenslade when he joined City in 2002.
Roy Greenslade when he joined City in 2002.

Roy Greenslade joined City in 2003 as Professor of Journalism. Prior to joining he was writing a weekly media column for The Guardian, which ran until January 2017. Greenslade was appointed editor of the Daily Mirror from 1990 to 1991.

Greenslade now
Greenslade in 2018.

In the future, Greenslade will continue to work on a freelance basis and occasionally lecture at City. He also hopes to take a more active role in Irish politics and tend to his garden in Donegal.

David Leigh

David Leigh when he joined City in 2006.
David Leigh when he joined City in 2006.

David Leigh joined City in 2006 as the Anthony Sampson Professor of Reporting, teaching students on the Investigative Journalism MA. Leigh was The Guardianโ€™s investigations editor, a role which he held alongside teaching at City until 2013, when he retired from the paper.

David Leigh 2018
Leigh in 2018.

Leigh will remain involved in journalism after his retirement, particularly through his position on the board of press regulator IMPRESS.

Dr Barbara Rowlands

Barbara in 2001.
Dr Barbara Rowlands in 2001.

Dr Barbara Rowlands joined City in 1999, from the University of Westminster, where she ran the MA in Journalism and launched a BA in Medical Journalism. Previously, Dr Rowlands authored three consumer health books and contributed to The Times, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail amongst others.

Barbara in 2018.
Dr Rowlands in 2018.

After retirement, Dr Rowlands plans on returning to freelance medical journalism and will continue to run a module on the magazine industry at City.