Claire Wolfe


Principal Lecturer, Journalism

Film and Media Production

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542240

Claire Wolfe is Subject Leader for Journalism at Worcester and has a strong background in news journalism. She is particularly interested in developing students skills and abilities to work across a range of media platforms.

After completing a postgraduate National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course at Cardiff, Claire achieved a Proficiency Certificate and moved from weekly newspapers to the Birmingham Post and Mail. She subsequently worked as Women' Page Editor, News Editor and Night Editor on the Daily News. Her twenty-five years in journalism include working at the Sunday Mirror and Central News, and editing business magazines. She has been associated with journalism training throughout her career, much of it related to the NCTJ. Claire sits on the Board of the Worcester community radio station, Youthcomm and, this year, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Association for Journalism Education.

Teaching & Research

Specialist Teaching Areas
News reporting; political journalism; law and ethics; theoretical concepts surrounding new media; magazine journalism; career development planning.

Specialist Research Areas
Gender and race issues in journalism; challenges facing journalists in a multi-platform environment.

Professional Bodies

Association for Journalism Education Executive Committee

Politics and Media Group of the Political Studies Association

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)


Wolfe, C (2014) ‘Women in business: An analysis of the portrayal of visual imagery used in the business and finance sections of newspapers’ AJE conference, University of Sunderland, Docklands, London.

Wolfe, C (2014) ‘Journalism skills and work-based learning’ Journal of the Association for Journalism Education. Vol. 3(2) pp.37-54

Wolfe, C (2014) ‘Online trolls, twit-offs and the freedom of speech’ Annual conference of Politics and Media Group of the Political Studies Association, Bangor University.

Wolfe, C (2014) 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 (2014) ‘Social media shout-outs’ AJE annual conference Liverpool John Moores University.

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

Wolfe, C (2012) ‘Creating ‘thinking’ practitioners and responding to Hackgate’ AJE annual conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston.

Mitre, B. & Wolfe, C. (2010) ‘Newsreaders as eye candy. The hidden agenda of public service broadcasting’, AJE annual conference, Strathclyde University.  

Wolfe, C. (2002) ‘An exploration into the barriers to entry into provincial journalism for ethnic minorities’, conference for Eastern European Editors, Media Diversity Institute, London.

External Responsibilities

Board member, Youthcomm, Worcesters community youth radio station

External Examiner at the University of the West of Scotland

Judge for the National Newspaper Awards (Digital Online News Service) and the Midlands Media Awards ( Student Journalist)