Senior Lecturer in Music Journalism
Gareth Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Music Journalism at UCA Epsom and unit leader for Investigative, Digital & Broadcast Media (Internet, Radio, Film) and Introduction To Journalism (News, Interviewing, Media Landscape).
Gareth also tutors Final Major Project and teaches Music History and Popular Culture. He oversees the course blog, The Wave.
Gareth joined UCA in 2009 as a sessional lecturer, being appointed to a full-time post the following year. He introduced the Radio module that year and was appointed interim course leader for Fashion Journalism in 2012-13. Before joining UCA Gareth was writing freelance for a number of titles including Q, What's On In London, The Daily Mirror, Viewlondon, Audience, Kerrang, Media Week, The Sun, IQ and The Londoner. He also wrote a widely-referenced report on mature music consumption.
Prior to that he had a staff position as music editor at Billboard/Music & Media, having been taken on initially as news reporter. He has covered most of the major award shows and interviewed artists from Paolo Nutini, Alicia Keys and Noel Gallagher to Mary J Blige, Jack Bruce and Norah Jones.
In 1996 he worked as a news journalist for the BBC and ITV, before being appointed news editor at KLFM Radio in King's Lynn, where he worked for three years.
Gareth began his career in journalism as a news reporter and producer at 24-hour TV channel Euronews in Lyons, France, following the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth College of Arts.
Alongside his writing career, Gareth has done PR (Bananarama), managed a band (Steranko), deejayed and promoted gigs. He has chaired discussions at music conferences and been on to A&R panels.
After graduating in French from Liverpool University in 1984, Gareth worked in Genoa and Rome as an English teacher and translator. He also performed as an artist, releasing three records.
Gareth presented a paper on “The New Journalism” at the ICCMS XII International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, held in Venice, Italy in 2014.
The paper, which investigated the latest iterations in journalism driven by digital and social media, was subsequently published in the Volume 8, Number 11 of the International Science Index Journal (eISSN: 1307-6892).
He is investigating undertaking an MA and looking into research into Italo-American music as well as exploring the reasons behind the historic popularity of Afro-American music in the UK.
Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (after completing a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in the Creative Arts in 2011).
Member of The International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), an international organisation established to promote inquiry, scholarship and analysis in the area of popular music.
Gareth has been commissioned by Penguin to write a children’s book on the 1960s to coincide with the forthcoming V&A exhibition ‘You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’ which opens in September 2016.
In 2003, as a consultant and advisory board member for Lily Icos’ Music For Two initiative, he was commissioned to compile a report into the music market for the mature consumer.