Robert Freeman

Visiting Lecturer

Professional Biography

Robert specialises in editorial development and training for the highly-fluid digital media industry. His key areas of interest are new product creation, social media and strategic planning for long-term trends. A former reporter for Radio New Zealand and TVNZ, Robert joined the BBC in the late 90s as one of the founding journalists at its award-winning news website, and later become a producer for the technology TV show Click.

Robert has had stints in product development for interactive television, was Head of Multimedia at the Press Association and Editor of Guardian Video. He designed and implemented the social media strategy for BBC Radio 1's newsroom. At the BBC, he is currently engaged in research on the impact of new technologies for broadcasters and is a senior trainer in social media and digital journalism at the BBC Academy.

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2013    Associate Lecturer, Goldsmith’s University of London
  • 2010    Digital engagement specialist, BBC Academy Colleges of Journalism and Production
  • 2007    Head of Video, The Guardian
  • 2005    Head of Multimedia, The Press Association
  • 1997    Journalist / Producer, BBC News

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

Royal Television Society

Teaching & Course Development

  • Digital TV and Media production Foundation
  • TV Studio production
  • Outside broadcast
  • Emerging technologies in digital media