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Dr Andrew Calcutt

Principal Lecturer in Journalism

Centre for East London Studies

Dr Andrew Calcutt leads the BA (Hons) Journalism programme and edits Rising East, the news-led, regional website 'staffed' by UEL students.

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  • EB 1.35, Docklands Campus
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    E16 2RD
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    The Original 'Hackademic'

    Since graduating 40 years ago, Andrew Calcutt has been a record producer (praised by radio DJs John Peel and Charlie Gillett), magazine journalist (his byline appeared in Arena, Blueprint, Living Marxism and The Modern Review, to name but a few), broadcaster (from BBC Radio Four's Moral Maze to Channel 4's Zeitgeist), digital pioneer (commissioning editor for Channel Cyberia and award-winning Cscape), and prolific author of a host of books on culture and society, including Fictitious Capital: London After recession, White Noise, Cult Fiction, BritCult, and his own 'cult classic' from the 1990s, Arrested Development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood, which has just been reissued by Bloomsbury. 

    Andrew teaches at all levels of the BA Journalism programme. He edits Rising East, the news-led regional website staffed by UEL students; and convenes Proof: reading journalism and society, a discussion forum on the future of journalism for students, academic staff and professional journalists.

    His research interests include the regeneration of East London and the remaking of journalism.

    Twenty years ago he coined the term 'hackademic' to describe his own transition from journalism to academia.

    Current member of the Association for Journalism Education and Training; former member of the National Union of Journalists (1983-1998).

    Reader/adviser for various publishers including Routledge. Sometime external examiner at Middlesex, London City, London Southbank and Ulster universities. Cultural commentator featured on BBC Radio Four's Moral Maze, Thinking Allowed and the Today programme. Editorial Board member, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.



    Creative Journalism: the new journalism we need and how to create it.

    Countering The Great Regression: the role of the Humanities in challenging infantilisation and the arrested development of our civilisation.


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    Arrested Development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood (2016), London: Bloomsbury.

    ‘London 2012 and Sport For Its Own Sake’ (2015), in Gavin Poynter et al (eds) The London Olympics and Urban Development: the mega-event city, Abingdon: Routledge.

    ‘Fictitious Capital: London and the financial imagination’, in Jody Berland and Max Haiven (eds) The Financialized Imagination, Topia 30-31, Fall 2013/Spring 2014 (April 2014)

    ‘Magazine pioneers: form and content in 1960s and 1970s radicalism’ (2015), in Martin Conboy and John Steel (eds), Routledge Companion To British Media History, Abingdon: Routledge

    ‘What Is A Magazine?’ (2014) in David Stam and Andrew Scott (eds) Inside Magazine Publishing, Abingdon: Routledge

    London and Recession: fictitious capital? (2012) Gavin Poynter, Andrew Calcutt, and Iain MacRury (eds), Farnham: Ashgate

    Games Makers: a London satire (2012), Kindle

    Journalism Studies: a critical introduction (2011), co-written with Philip Hammond, Abingdon: Routledge

    ‘The Truth About Journalism’, Ethical Space: journal of the Institute of Communication Ethics, Spring 2011, co-written with Philip Hammond

    ‘The Future of Objectivity’, in Alex Charles and Gavin Stewart (ed) (2011) The End of Journalism?, New York: Peter Lang (second edition 2014)

    ‘Two Economies, One Culturalism: Beijing 2008, London 2012 and the cultural turn’, in Gavin Poynter and Iain MacRury (eds) (2009) Olympic Cities and the Regeneration of London, Farnham: Ashgate

    ‘Forcing Markets, Forging Communities: great expectations of culture in the Thames Gateway’, in Phil Cohen and Michael Rustin (eds) (2008) London’s Turning: the making of Thames Gateway, Farnham: Ashgate

    ‘Strictly Personal: the working class contained in the concept of “community”’, in David Clements et al (eds) (2008) The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated, London: Pluto

    ‘Reconstructing the Public Sphere: from Paris Review to Intelligent Life’ in Reconstruction: studies in contemporary culture, Vol 8, No 1, January 2008

    Editor and chair of review panel, Rising East Review (2005-7), London East Research Institute, December 2007

    ‘Ten Years After: Creative Britain Revisited’, Munira Mirza (ed) (2007) Printed Project, No 8, Spring 2007

    ‘Top of the heap: magazines lead a journalism of low expectations, MagLab: magazines under the microscope, Vol 1 No1, December 2006

    ‘Reclaiming the Olympic Spirit in an Era of Non-Competitive Sport,’ Battles in Print, Institute of Ideas, November 2006

    ‘Hijab in the Hood: religion, identity and public policy’, Rising East, May 2006

    ‘The Cultural Logic of Suicide Bombing’, Spiked Essay , October 2005

    ‘Post-political journalism: ethics and aesthetics in the manufacture of news’ in Annabelle Sreberny and Chris Paterson (eds) (2004) International News in the Twenty-First Century, John Libbey

    ‘Understanding New Labour’, Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, Winter 2003-4

    ‘Back to Hegel’, a review of Fences and Windows by Naomi Klein and The Silent Takeover by Norena Hertz, Soundings: a journal of politics and culture, Autumn 2003

    ‘The War Is Not About Iraq Them and Us Static Pamphlet, Liverpool Biennale, 2003

    White Noise: contradictions in cyberculture (1999), Basingstoke: Macmillan

    ‘Think Bigger: an invited response to the Diana special issue’, Journal of Gender Studies, November 1999

    Beat: the iconography of victimhood from the Beat Generation to Princess Diana (1998) Culture Matters No1, Sheffield Hallam University Press

    Arrested Development: pop culture and the erosion of adulthood (1998), London: Cassell (second edition, in press with Verso)

    ‘The threat to democracy: elitist interpretations of media effects on politics’ in Michael Bromley and Hugh Stephenson (eds) (1998) Sex, Lies and Democracy, Harlow: Longman

    ‘Uncertain judgement: risk society and “the culture of crime” ’ in Suke Wolton (ed) (1996) Marxism, Mysticism and Modern Theory, St Antony’s series, London: Macmillan

    ‘Computer porn panic: fear and control in cyberspace’ in Ziauddin Sardar (ed) ‘To Boldly Go’, Futures: the journal of forecasting, planning and policy, Vol 27 No 7, December 1995



    Journalism and society in financial times.



    CC4503 Journalism Casebook

    CC5502 Rising East Reporting

    CC5503 Journalism Portfolio

    CC5504 Journalism Studies: theories and research methods

    CC5505 Long Form Journalism

    CC6502 Rising East Editing

    CC6503 Journalism Manifesto

    CC6505 Insight magazine project

    Most of my teaching now takes place not in lectures but in editorial-tutorials: small group meetings concerned with studying the best journalism, and commissioning, composing and editing students' copy/content for publication.

    BA Journalism

    for your future in journalism; for the future of journalism itself.

    Co-Director, Centre for East London Studies; Editorial Board, Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.