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Bethany Usher

01642 738479
Job title:
Principal Lecturer (Programmes)
School of Computing, Media & the Arts
Computing research

About Bethany Usher

Bethany Usher

Bethany Usher
Principal Lecturer (Programmes), School of Computing, Media & the Arts
T: 01642 738479
Research: Computing research

Bethany Usher joined Teesside in 2008 and has helped develop their learning and teaching and research in digital journalism and communications. 

She is an experienced journalist who has worked for regional, national and industry publications.

Her current practice is primarily in digital campaigning and is underpinned by research into the field of the relationships between public persona and promotional performance and journalism. 

She has a leading role in learning and teaching for the school.

Research interests

Bethany is currently working on her PhD thesis which explores the relationships between public persona and journalism and how that has helped formulate the articulation of self in modern society.

Recent publications have explored how David Bowie used interactions with journalistic media as performance practice and how the constructs of the journalistic interview have shaped promotional performance of celebrities on Twitter.


Usher, B. and Fremaux, S. (2014) ‘Turn Myself to Face Me: David Bowie and the performance of authenticity 1989-1999.’ David Bowie: Critical Perspectives. Deveraux, Powers and Martin (Eds) London: Routledge.

Usher, B, and Fremaux, S. (2013) ‘Who is he Now? David Bowie and the search for authentic self.’ Celebrity Studies 4: 3, pp393-396

Usher, B (2014) Mail Online: Is it Journalism' Press Gazette

View Bethany Usher's Publications on TeesRep

In the news

  • BBC Radio Newcastle, Lisa Shaw
    BBC Radio Newcastle, 7/2/2017
    Journalism academic Bethany Usher talks about the search for Shannon Matthews.

  • Roker Park gig was start of a lifetimes love for Bowie fan Bethany
    Shields Gazette, 11/01/2016; Sunderland Echo, 11/01/2016; Hartlepool Mail, 11/01/2016
    Bethany Usher is now a journalism lecturer at Teesside University and contributed a chapter on Bowie to an academic study of celebrity

  • Refugee crisis is our generation's Holocaust so let's help the survivors
    Durham Times, 27/11/2015
    Bethany Usher, a principal lecturer at Teesside University raised £26,000 to help child refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos.

  • I'm ashamed of today's Europe
    The Northern Echo, 30/10/2015; Northern Echo - Online, 30/10/2015; Darlington & Stockton Times, 30/10/2015; Northern Echo, 02/11/2015
    Bethany Usher helped raised £26,000 to help child refugees.

  • Lecturer focuses on helping young refugees
    The Northern Echo, 05.09.2015; The Evening Gazette, 05.09.2015;, 05.09.2015; BBC Tees, 05.09.2015; The Evening Gazette, 08.09.0215; Sunderland Echo - Online, 09.09.2015
    Bev Usher launches fund raising page for young refugees in Lesbos.

  • Former NoW reporter reflects on the hacking trial: 'I was often asked to do things I couldn’t square with my own conscience'
    Press Gazette [online] 04/07/2014
    Former News of the World reporter Bethany Usher, now a journalism lecturer at Teesside University, reflects on the phone-hacking scandal after the sentencing today of four of her former colleagues.

  • No ordinary newspaper
    BBC News [online] 25/06/14; UKwirednews [online] 25/06/14
    Bethany Usher was a News of the World reporter during Coulson's time. She grew up in a working-class area of Sunderland and says she believed the newspaper spoke to, and for, people from her community

  • Phone hacking trial verdicts
    BBC One, BBC News, 24/06/2014, 13:01
    The former Downing Street director of communications, Andy Coulson, has been found guilty of conspiring to hack phones while he was editor of the News of the World. Rebekah Brooks has been cleared by

  • Mail Online has grown ten-fold since its 2008 relaunch, but is it journalism?
    Press Gazette [online] 02/05/2014
    Bethany Usher, principal lecturer in journalism at Teesside University, has researched Mail Online as part of a wider examination into the changing significance of the journalistic interview, particul

  • Small rise in applications for journalism degrees, but are they worth it?
    Press Gazette (Web), 16/08/2013
    Former national reporter and Teesside Univesity journalism lecturer Bethany Usher comments on the range of journalism courses available for students wanting to pursue a career in the media.