Claire Wolfe

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Principal Lecturer in Journalism

Theatre, Film & Media Production

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542240

After graduating, Claire Wolfe embarked on a successful and exciting career in journalism with roles including senior news editor on a daily regional publication, lifestyle and travel magazine work and experience as a freelance on a national newspaper and TV station. During this time, she was responsible for supervising the training of new recruits so moving into teaching was a natural progression. She has been driven by the challenge to develop courses that meet high academic and industry needs while providing students with an outstanding experience. Helping to nurture talented young people and helping them to get their first foot on the career ladder has been a huge motivation for Claire and something she believes the whole journalism team at the University of Worcester can feel proud of.

Claire liaises with the growing and highly skilled alumni through a ‘buddy scheme’  and various Social Media outlets to maximise the support we can provide for our students on graduating.



Wolverhampton University teaching degree.



National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)

Post Graduate journalism course at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education.

Journalism Proficiency Certificate


De Montfort University (formerly Leicester Polytechnic)

BA (Hons) English & Politics


Teaching & Research


News, feature and commentary writing; media law, regulations and ethics; career development planning; political journalism; future models of news production; gender and journalism.


Challenges facing journalists in a multi-platform environment, including freedom of expression; gender and identity issues; work-based learning.

Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Royal Television Society

Association for Journalism Education (AJE)

UK Political Studies Association Media & Politics Group

Birmingham Press Club





2019, 2017 & 2015

Project managed and secured paid work for student coverage of General Elections for ITV and the Press Association.


Project lead with students’ social media coverage of the Royal Television Society Midlands Annual Awards.

2009 to date

Set up and project manage the University of Worcester- BBC Media Diversity Partnership with student placements.


Secured bursaries for undergraduates to cover the 2012 London Olympics with students from USA partner-Ball State University.



BBC Media Expert: Interviews and discussions, BBC Hereford-Worcester.

2021 (February 3) The media phenomena/public appeal of Captain Sir Tom Moore following his death. Breakfast show with Elliot Webb.

2020 (April 30) The media/country-wide appeal of Captain Tom’s NHS fundraising.

2020 (February 24) National newspaper sales figures/fake news and employment opportunities for journalism graduates.


Wolfe, C ‘Fledgling Snappers turn to Social Documentary’,  Association for Journalism Education Journal Volume 9.Number 1: August 2020 ISSN:2050-3930 

C Wolfe, Claire (2019) ‘Online Trolls, Journalism and the Freedom of Speech: Are the Bullies Taking Over?’ Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 16 (1). pp. 11-21. ISSN 1742-0105

Media Awards Judge (2019)  Midlands Media Awards, Birmingham.

BBC Media Expert: Interviews and discussions, BBC Hereford-Worcester.

2019 (October 24) Coldplay launch Tracklist in the local paper, Breakfast Show, BBC Wales.

2019 Responding to the Digital Communications, Media and Sport Committee report Disinformation and Fake News.


Wolfe C (2019) ‘Democracy under Threat? Journalists need help at handling Internet Trolls, in Anti-social Media? Reprinted in the by-monthly magazine In Publishing (Jan 7 2019) 

Wolfe C, (2018) ‘Democracy under Threat? Journalists need help at handling Internet Trolls’, in Anti-social Media? Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communications Ethics Abramis Academic: Suffolk.

Wolfe, C in Mair, J et al (ed) (2018) Book chapter: Democracy under Threat? Journalists need help at handling Internet Trolls, in Anti-social Media? Suffolk: Abramis academic publishing

Podcast: Wolfe, C (2018) Bullivant Media for Worcester Observer group newspapers’ website and Social Media. Topic: Social Media, Fake News and Democracy. Output from December 5, 2018) BBC Media Expert: Interviews and discussions, BBC Hereford-Worcester.

2017 The enduring public interest in Maddie McCann’s disappearance.

2017 The extent of plagiarism in HE and preventative measures.

2017 The Future of Magazines.

Wolfe, C (2016): ‘Online trolls and the freedom of speech: Devising a survival guide for journalism undergraduates & new entrants to the media industry’, Auckland University, New Zealand. 

Media Awards Judge: (2015)  National Newspaper Awards, London.

Wolfe, C (2014) ‘Journalism skills and work-based learning’

Journal of the Association for Journalism Education. Vol. 3(2) pp.37-54. Available at:

Mitre, B., Webb, M. & Wolfe, C. (2014) ‘Audience responses to the physical appearance of television newsreaders’ Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies Vol 11(2)

Wolfe, C. and Mitra, B. (2012) ‘Newsreaders as Eye Candy’ Journal of the Association for Journalism Education. Vol. 1(1), pp.92-99 (

BBC Media Expert:

2014-15 topics included: Controversy over the Sun’s Page 3; Oscar Pistorius trial and moves to open court hearings; Hackgate trial outcomes, Charlie Hebdo.

2012-14 topics included: stages of the Leveson Inquiry, closure of regional weekly publications, closure of the News of the World, journalism, and ethics.

External Responsibilities

Expert Fellow with Sprite + , a national body concerned with shaping research activity/funding and impact with regards to digital trust, identity, privacy and security in the digital economy.