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About Dr Rhian Waller

Rhian has a background in journalism and post-compulsory education. She has recently re-entered academia after working in print journalism for five years at a regional newspaper group. While working as a journalist in North Wales and Chester, she covered local hard news before going into feature writing where she wrote about everything from politics to police operations to deadly parasites. Her interviewees include Katie Price, Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Gary Numan. Some of her stranger stories were syndicated to national newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express. While working as a features writer contributing to in-house magazines and a daily newspapers in three counties, she also taught at a further education college. She was nominated and shortlisted for a Mind Media Award in 2013 for her features on mental health issues.


Rhian joined the Media team in 2015. This year she will deliver level four and five modules in practical and theoretical journalism. She teacesh on The Newsroom: Reporting, Production and Theory, Journalism Regulation, Research for Professions, Practice and Academic Purposes and Journalism Production: Theory and Practice.



"Goth Girl Crusade": Does coverage of the murder of Sophie Lancaster reveal a shift in tabloid agenda-setting?" presented at the IAFOR international media conference, Brighton 2018.


Published Work

Rhian's first novel Eithe's Way was published in June 2014.


Rhian holds a BA in English Literature and a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing.

She also has professional qualifications in journalism (NCTJ and NQJ).