Deborah Gabriel is an academic, journalist and media specialist. She has lectured in journalism since 2008 and has worked as a professional journalist since 2002, specialising in online journalism. She has developed a niche in creating online platforms that enable user generated content and social networks built around communities of interest.
She is an advocate of research-informed teaching and has presented her work at conferences both in the UK and overseas. She currently lectures in journalism at the University of Salford where she is near completion of her doctoral thesis on African Caribbean bloggers in the UK.
In addition to her academic role, she also contributes to contemporary debates on current affairs and has appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Asian Network and LBC. She has written most recently for The Independent and is currently working on features for the Guardian Higher Education Network.
She recently launched Black British Academics, a central network for Black intellectuals committed to scholarship, self-empowerment, social justice and equality and supporters of any ethnic background or sector who wish to join as associate members to work collaboratively towards social change.
Print and online journalism practice and theory, new media and digital culture.
Print and online journalism, community media/hyperlocal journalism, online communities, public relations, public speaking.
Alternative media, the blogosphere, online political participation, media convergence, hyperlocal journalism, citizen journalism, critical journalism theory, equality and diversity in higher education, race and ethnicity in cultural production, critical race theory, qualitative and interpretative research methods.