Kate Feld/    (updated May 2022)                      

Academic work

In 2018 I was appointed .6 Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Salford, following four years as an associate lecturer there.

I serve as module leader for the core Digital Journalism module on the MA International and Digital Journalism and the L5 elective Lifestyle Journalism module on BA Journalism, both modules I designed and teach myself. I also help develop and run Salford’s award-winning newsdays which offer students practical experience making journalism in a newsroom environment.

I have guest lectured at Edge Hill University, Northumbria University, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, and University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing. I served as a visiting writer at the University of Lancaster in 2018, and have been featured as a keynote speaker or panellist at many academic and industry conferences. In July 2022 I will be performing new work at English: Shared Futures.

Writing and Journalism

Alongside my academic role I continue to work independently as a writer and editorial consultant with a variety of strands to my career:

  • My journalism has appeared in newspapers and magazines including New York Newsday, The Guardian, The Independent, Art World, and Metro. I was formerly editor of cultural webzine Creative Tourist and a columnist for Time Out Manchester. I’ve also worked as a freelance researcher on BBC Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour. Previously I was an assistant editor at the Associated Press, New York and a reporter at newspapers in New England including the Valley News of Lebanon N.H.
  • In 2014 I founded The Real Story – an ACE-funded online journal and event series devoted to developing the form of creative nonfiction in the UK. Previous digital writing projects include Rainy City Stories (2008-14) and The Blog North Awards (2005-14) and co-presenting writing podcast The End of All Things (2014-2018)
  • From 2006-2017 I served as digital engagement coordinator at Manchester Literature Festival. My role included managing the festival’s social media activity, running its website and blog, copywriting for the brochure and e-newsletters, assisting with programming and hosting author events. I continue to host author events for festivals and bookstores and have chaired one-on-one conversations with writers including Jeanette Winterson, Simon Armitage and Deborah Levy.
  • I have delivered blogging, social media and writing workshops nationally for companies like Arts Council England North West, the Arts Marketing Association, Writing West Midlands and the NHS. Additionally I have done a broad range of copywriting, editorial and research work.  Clients include BBC Manchester, HOME, The Vegetarian Society and Manchester Art Gallery.


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford, 2020
  • Master of Sciences in Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, 2003. Was selected as the 2003 Lorana Sullivan Scholar, a full-tuition place awarded for excellence in investigative journalism
  • BA (hon.) in Great Books (equivalent to a dual major in Classics and Philosophy and a dual minor in Literature and History of Mathematics) St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD, 1995

I am a dual US/UK citizen. I am registered as a self-employed sole trader, and am a member of the Higher Education Association and the University and College Union. References, clippings and testimonials are available on request.