Press Release

22 November 2011

Paul Stokes, Associate Editor (Digital) of Q magazine will present a master class to students on the Media and Cultural Studies degree programme on Friday 25 November at 1pm - 3pm.

Paul Stokes, Associate Editor of Q Magazine
Paul Stokes, Associate Editor of Q Magazine

As part of the Popular Music and Popular Culture module, Paul will talk about what it is like being a music journalist of today, with a particular focus on whether blogs are destroying music journalism and the future of the music industry.

Talking about Paul’s visit, Dr Shane Blackman, Reader of Cultural Studies in the Media Department at the University, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Paul to speak to our students about his experience in the music industry.

“A key aim of the module is to help our students to develop their appreciation and analysis of different genres of popular music and to critically debate the purpose of popular music within contemporary society.  Paul’s expertise and experience I’m sure will have a very positive impact on the students studying on the programme.“

Currently an Associate Editor at Q magazine, Paul is responsible for revamping the brand's digital output. He has previously worked for NME, where he was a member of the news desk and was responsible for online video coverage.  Paul was also heavily involved in the NME Awards during his six years on the title.

The Popular Music and Popular Culture module takes an in-depth look at the production, distribution and consumption of Western popular music.  The module examines the corporate and independent music scene in terms of creativity, authenticity and marketing through cases studies of real employment inside the music industry.

The module also welcomes several guest speakers and next term will see Johnny Green, UK and USA Tour Manager of The Who and The Clash, talking to students about managing creative people in high public profile circumstances. 


For more information contact Dr Shane Blackman, Reader in Cultural Studies in the Department of Media.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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