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Role and Responsibilities
John Linklater is a Lecturer in the Department of Communications, Marketing and Media and teaches on the MSc in Journalism.
He is also researching for his PhD with the Department of French at Glasgow University. The subject of his project is the French journalist, novelist and campaigner, Émile Zola.
John brings print journalism and teaching experience to the team. He has been a reporter, education correspondent, literary editor, theatre critic, football writer and features writer at various stages of a lengthy career with the Herald in Glasgow. He also worked on the Fife Free Press in Kirkcaldy and the Evening Express in Aberdeen at earlier stages in his career. He has won several awards and commendations in the Scottish and British press awards. As a Fulbright Fellow in Professional Journalism he was on exchange at the Baltimore Sun, Maryland, USA. Since leaving the Herald, John has freelanced for the Guardian, BBC, Daily Mail and Sunday Times.
In December 2000, Iain Hay Gordon was acquitted on a conviction of murder at the Appeal Court of Belfast, as a result of a six-year investigation to prove his innocence by John, who made two formal submissions of new evidence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, leading to the case being re-opened. John then joined Mr Gordon's legal team as investigator and campaign manager. Following this hard-fought success, John taught for five years as a lecturer in print journalism at Napier University, Edinburgh.
Key External/Professional Roles
John is currently a regular contributor to the Sunday Herald and the Scottish Review of Books. He is a former Scottish chairman of the National Council for the Training of Journalists and a former member of the Scottish Arts Council.