Portrait of  David Devenport David Devenport

david.devenport@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478428


Dave Devenport has a degree in International Politics and has been a journalist for 23 years. He began working in newspapers before moving onto radio. For the last 13 years, he has worked in television news and sport for Border TV, ITV Yorkshire and ITN, including roles as on-screen reporter, presenter, news editor and programme producer. He also worked for over 10 years on ITV Sport’s network programmes, providing football commentary and match updates.

Research and Scholarship

Dave Devenport has begun research into education. He is completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice. This will be the first year towards a Masters degree in education when he will be researching how journalism is taught in higher education.

Dave has an extensive background from working in all forms of journalism; from newspapers, to radio, to television and to the web. He will be using his own vast experience in the industry to carry out research into the industry. With his Sports Journalism experience, he’s begun looking at the decline of the regional sports newspapers. He is also looking at writing a biography of the former Ireland and Sheffield Wednesday star John Sheridan.

Research Degree Supervision

Dave Devenport is particularly interested in co-supervising projects with postgraduate students at both MA and PhD level in the following research areas:

  • Sports Journalism
  • Journalism in Education

He would also be interested to assist in any research into the decline of the regional sports newspaper. These are the “Football Specials” (Green Un, Pink Un, etc) which were printed on Saturdays after the full-time whistles had gone. They were produced by most regional newspaper groups and sold on Saturday evenings and on Sundays, but these have declined dramatically.

In addition he welcomes enquiries/projects that made use of my background in radio, newspapers, TV. I would also be interested to hear from research students interested in sport biography writing for example.