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Ms Mary Braid

Senior lecturer in journalism


I am undergraduate coordinator on the BA Journalism course and teach on the BA and the MA Magazine and MA journalism courses. I currently lead on five modules - BA dissertation, MA dissertation, level 5 journalism research paper, level 6 International Journalism Special Study and MA feature writing. Before joining Kingston, I spent two decades working full time as a journalist, latterly for the Independent newspaper. I have been a general news reporter, specialist reporter, feature writer and foreign correspondent (former Africa correspondent for the Independent). I have local and national media experience and though mainly employed as a staffer, I also know the highs and lows and freelancing!

Areas of specialism

  • Foreign news
  • Feature writing
  • Research skills
  • The relationship between media and government policy


  • MA (Hons) English literature and Philosophy (Edinburgh University)
  • BSc in Psychology (Birkbeck)
  • Currently studying for a PhD in media and communications at Goldsmiths


My PhD research (being supervised by Professor Aeron Davis of Goldsmiths department of media and communication) explores the relationship between media and government and the power of each to affect the other. While the proposition that government influences media coverage is widely supported by research, the assertion that media influences politics and policy making is contentious and media scholarship in this area is just opening up. I am looking at the wider question through an examination of the past 17 years of adoption policy in the UK and at the moment I am particularly focused on the relationship between journalists and peripheral and core policy network sources and whether media influences many stages of the policy making process or is confined to agenda setting.

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