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Dr Janey Gordon

Principal Lecturer

Janey Gordon in Scuba diving outfit

Dr Janey Gordon is a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication and a Senior Teaching Fellow.

She teaches radio broadcasting and her research interests and publications are in the areas of community radio, mobile phones and media pedagogy. Janey started the University's community radio station Radio LaB and this is now into its second licensing period.

Janey has published extensively and edited a number of books including,

  • Gordon, Janey; Rowinski, Paul; Stewart, Gavin (editors) (2013) Br(e)aking the News: Journalism, Politics and New Media, Peter Lang Ltd, Oxford.
  • Gordon, Janey (editor) (2012) Community Radio in the Twenty First Century, Peter Lang Publications, Oxford
  • Gordon, Janey (editor) (2009) Notions of Community, A Collection of Community Media Debates and Dilemmas, Peter Lang Publications, Oxford.

Her first book The RSL, Ultra-local Radio (2000, ULP) is used at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and came about from working with the students on the University radio station.

Janey's radio research and publications comparing Australian and UK community radio stations was funded by the British Academy. This work led to a commission from the BBC World Service Trust concerning plans for community radio in Georgia. She has a background as a professional radio broadcaster and started in radio as a BBC studio manager before going on to produce in schools radio and then into BBC local radio.

She is a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association executive and the Radio Studies Network Steering Group.

Janey's most recently published work includes:


  • Gordon, Janey (2015) "The economic tensions faced by community radio broadcasters", chapter 21 in Atton, Chris (ed) The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, Routledge, London
  • Gordon, Janey and Maradun, Umar Lawal (September 2013) "Mobile news and radio audiences: crossing the digital divide in Sub Saharan Africa" in Gordon, Janey; Rowinski, Paul; Stewart, Gavin (editors) (2013) Br(e)aking the News: Journalism, Politics and New Media, Peter Lang Ltd, Oxford.
  • Gordon, Janey (2012), "Ambient News and the Para iPhone Mojo" pp 211-222, in Snickars, Pelle; Vonderau, Patrick (eds) (2012) Moving Data. The iPhone and My Media, Columbia University Press, US
  • Gordon, Janey (2012) "Community Radio Audience Research" pp197-215, in Matt Mollgaard (ed) Radio and Society, Cambridge Scholars Press.


  • "Community Radio, Funding and Ethics" The International Journal of Regional and Local Studies. Series 2, Vol3, No2, pp23-40
  • "The Mobile Phone and the Public Sphere: Mobile Phone Usage in Three Critical Situations" Convergence, pp307-319, Vol13 (3)
  • "A comparison of a sample of new British community radio stations with a parallel sample of established Australian community radio stations." 3CMedia, Journal of Community, Citizen's and Third Sector Media and Communication.
  • "The Cell Phone: An Artifact of Popular Culture and a Tool of the Public Sphere", in Kavoori, Anandam and Arceneaux, Noah (editors) (2006) The Cell Phone Reader, Essays in Social Transformation, pp45-60, New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  • Saklatvala, Robin and Gordon, Janey, "The B:Fest: Pedagogy and Public Spaces", Networks, ADM-HEA

If she is not in a radio studio, Janey is most often found somewhere underwater, as she is a keen scuba diver and PADI Master Instructor. Janey is particularly fond of sharks.

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