Brian Winston

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Brian Winston
OccupationProfessor, Journalist
Notable credit(s)
The Guardian

Dr Brian Winston is the first holder of the Lincoln Professorship at the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.[1][2] He was a Pro Vice Chancellor for 2005-2006[3] and the former dean of Media and Humanities.[4]


Winston was also the founding director of the Glasgow Media Group and a co-author of its first two books Bad News(1976). A former chair of Cinema Studies at New York University. he was a dean of the College of Communications at Penn State University (State College, PA). He was also the director of the Centre for Journalism Studies at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and head of the School of Communication, Design and Media at the University of Westminster.

Winston has worked in television current affairs and features, documentaries and as a print journalist since 1963. He has an EMMY 1985 for documentary script writing.[1]. He writes on free expression and theories of technological change in the media and is also known for being one of the first to address the issue of documentary ethics. His Media Technology and Society was named the best book of 1998 by the American Association for History and Computing.[5] In 2014, A Right to Offend received a Special Award for ‘increasing understanding of human rights ’: International Press Institute (Vienna) Book Awards.

In this Internet Archive video (13.35) from 1983, he analyzes TV network news.

Winston, who has described himself as a British Jew.,[6] has been a governor of the British Film Institute, the founding chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies and, in 1993, was an instigator of the Visible Evidence international conference series on documentary film.


  • Dangling Conversations: The Image of the Media (1973)
  • Dangling Conversations: Hardware, Software (1974)
  • Bad News: The Structure of Television News (with Glasgow Media Group) (1976)
  • More Bad News:: The Structure of Television News (with Glasgow Media Group (1980)
  • Misunderstanding Media (1986)
  • Working with Video (with Julia Keydel) (1986)
  • Claiming the Real (1995)
  • Technologies of Seeing: Photography, Cinematography and Television (1996)
  • Media Technology and Society: a History from the Telegraph to the Internet (1998)
  • Fires Were Started: BFI Film Classics (1999)
  • Lies, Damn Lies and Documentaries (2000)
  • Messages: From Gutenberg to Google (2005)
  • Claiming the Real II: The Documentary Grierson and After (2008)
  • A Right to Offend (2012)
  • The Documentary Film Book (ed.) (2013)
  • The Rushdie Fatwa and After: A Lesson to the Circumspect (2014)
  • The Act of Documenting: Documentary in the 21st Century (with Gail Vanstone and Wang Chi) (2017)


  1. ^ Visible Evidence XIV » Brian Winston (University of Lincoln, UK): We Are Still in the Bath - RealityTV and the Challenge to Fiction[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Macmillan » Brian Winston
  3. ^ Facts and figures 2006/2007 Archived 30 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Australian International Documentary Conference Featured Guest 2004 Archived 20 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Media Technology and Society: A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet
  6. ^ Jon Benjamin (8 February 2007). "Board fails in its duty to British Jews". The Guardian.