Rob graduated with a first class honours degree from Exeter University and became a newspaper reporter in Hertfordshire. His press career from then involved freelancing on national titles, and sub-editing and management roles on regional daily newspapers, for example as features editor on the Western Daily Press. He gained an MA in Mass Communications, and took two breaks out of journalism: one as an English teacher in Spain and Oman, and the other as a government press officer.

He joined the university a decade ago and recently completed his PhD while managing the broadcasting and journalism subject area. He maintains his practice as a columnist for a daily newspaper, and as a feature writer. He was highly commended in the British regional press awards, in the columnist of the year category, in 2017.

Teaching interests

News and feature writing, sub-editing, journalism ethics and regulation, online and mobile journalism, journalism studies.


Other Interests


Rob’s PhD ‘Harmsworth’s daily timesaver, 1901: a transatlantic case study in the tabloidisation of reader time’ was examined by Prof. Martin Conboy (Sheffield) and Prof. Tom O’Malley (Aberystwyth), with Prof. Richard Hand as internal examiner.

Samples of papers presented etc
• Campbell, R (2005) The Case of Great Britain. Europe’s America; The image of the US in Europe. Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Oklahoma. February 2005.
• Campbell, R (2005) New directions in news flow: the export of British journalism to the USA. Presented at the Mediacom conference in Lodz, Poland in June 2005.
• Campbell, R (2011) Harmsworth’s Daily Timesaver: a case study in the interplay of Anglo-American journalistic cultures in the turn-of the-century newsroom. AHRC round table on the Long Popularization Process: Anglo-American Perspectives, at The Joint Journalism Historians Conference, New York University. March 12, 2011


Association for Journalism Education (AJE)


regional newspaper columnist, social media consultancy, pro-bono features copywriter for Quartet Community Foundation.


Research interests:

Newspaper journalism history, comparitive Anglo-American journalism. Visual and mobile journalism.


Newspaper and journalism history, newspaper design, mobile journalism

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