People

Penny Wrout

Lecturer
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
 Penny Wrout

Profile

Biography

Penny grew up on a farm in East Anglia. She left home to travel, settling in Italy in her early twenties and teaching English. On her return to the UK she followed an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy with an NCTJ approved post-graduate journalism diploma. Penny’s first job in journalism was as a reporter and news reader with a Milton Keynes/Northampton based independent station, Chiltern Radio. She moved on to work for BBC local radio in Northampton before joining a team in Bristol which launched a weekly regional politics show for BBC TV and radio. From there, Penny moved on to become a Westminster-based BBC regional political correspondent for the South West, before being recruited to help launch Radio Five Live, where she was an output editor on the award winning Breakfast Show. She then took a secondment as a reporter on Radio 4’s afternoon news magazine PM and then had a spell working as a freelance. She reported on the build up to the British handover of Hong Kong to China for the magazine Index on Censorship as well as for BBC outlets. She also dipped her toe into arts journalism, with reviews and documentary work for Radio Four. Penny’s last regular ‘on-air’ job was as a Home Affairs Correspondent for the BBC in London, covering crime, race relations and policing matters, notably the Stephen Lawrence Public Inquiry and subsequent MacPherson Report. From there she went on to a management role as Communities Editor overseeing a team of journalists at BBC London. By the end of her time with the BBC she was working as Business Manager for BBC English Regions where she was in charge of planning regional coverage for the 2012 Olympics. Latterly Penny has enjoyed using her journalistic skills for a variety of different outputs. She has made films for museums and heritage centres in the UK and abroad, including the British Museum, the V&A and the National Trust. She has also been involved in community focused projects, ranging from musical films commissioned by the BBC to oral history projects. She is interested in the cross-over between conventional reporting, first person story-telling and the dramatic representation of factual events.

Qualifications

  • B.A. Hons English and Philosopy Bristol University,

  • Post Grad Diploma Radio Journalism City, University London,

  • M.A. Cultural Leadership City, University London,

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Joint honours) (LT231)

  • Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Single honours) (LT240)

  • Advanced Practical Journalism (LT312)

Contact

pw18707@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872195

Location:

5NW.5.10, Colchester Campus