Newspapers & The Great War

John Dilley Name: John Dilley
: Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Faculty: Art, Design & Humanities

Research Topic: WW1 Journalism

John Dilley’s Research

John and fellow researcher David Penman are currently involved in researching the First World War, specifically how the experience was reported in the press throughout its duration. For this, John writes a weekly blog on which there are extracts from the newspaper called the Market Harborough Advertiser. John’s weekly blog can be found online at:

About John Dilley
John Dilley was appointed Director of the Leicester Centre for Journalism in 2007 at De Montfort University. John has many qualifications and achievements. He is qualified as a TEFL teacher as he has got a RSA Preparatory Certificate in TEFL and has also graduated with a Higher Education teaching degree. John also helped set up the award-winning Emap training centre.

John has a vast amount of experience and knowledge in journalism. He has wide range of newspaper experience as he has worked in the UK and Australia. He worked for the regional and national press in the UK as well as a year in the Australian media, where he worked at the mail and was a former editor there. John chose to study the subject of Journalism as he always wanted to be a journalist. John has had many influences throughout his career, and they were mainly the editors at the particular paper or magazine he was working for at the time, as he always learned so much from them.

Proudest Achievement: John has two children and he is most proud of his children and their success – one of his children is in Hanoi teaching and the other is studying maths at Birmingham University.

John has access to the original copies to the Wartime newspapers.

Hobbies: Sports, especially badminton and he likes to watch Football. John also enjoys the occasional quiz and hiking.

Places of Travel: John has done a lot of travelling and has been all over Asia, Australia and Europe.

Favourite Holiday Experience: John’s favourite holiday experience was in Nepal as he enjoyed
spending three weeks hiking in the Himalayas!


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