Dr Stephen Tate

After a 30-year career as a journalist in the provincial daily newspaper industry, I opted for a career change and have been teaching at University Centre at Blackburn College since 2011. Prior to the switch, I had studied part-time for a History PhD (UCLan 2007), combining an interest in Victorian history and popular culture with my professional involvement with the world of newspapers. My doctoral thesis examined the development of the sports reporter and sporting journalism in the decades spanning 1900. I am an active researcher and writer in the fields of popular journalism, sports history and popular culture.

Contact Details

Room Number: UCBC 402

Email Address: stephen.tate@blackburn.ac.uk

Telephone: 01254 292824


History PhD (UCLan 2007);

PGCE post-16 (UCBC 2010);

BA Hons (first class) History and English Literature (UCLan 2000)

Recent Research Projects

WW2 East Lancashire Childhoods: Sharing Stories, Making Memories (2019-2020) – a Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to encourage the sharing and recording of intergenerational ‘conversations’ by, and for, the community of East Lancashire. I am writing a blog for the project examining the role that memorabilia, still found in many households, can play in helping us all better understand WWII and its impact on the lives of ordinary people, who at times found themselves in extraordinary situations. The blog and the theme of remembrance have a particular resonance for me as my father  was a prisoner of war in the Far East and I have a small number of his possessions that relate to that traumatic period.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module leader on several Joint Honours Foundation Year, Year One, Year Two, Year Three modules.

Recent Publications & Other Research Outputs

Book: ‘The Mighty Atom’: James Catton Sports Reporter. A History of the British Sports Journalist c1850 – 1939 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), 2019 forthcoming.

Book chapter: ‘The Sporting Press’, chapter in Edinburgh University Press History of Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland 1650-2011: The Twentieth Century, forthcoming 2019.

‘The Reporter’, sub-chapter in Edinburgh University Press History of Newspapers and Periodicals in Britain and Ireland 1650-2011: The Nineteenth Century, forthcoming 2019.

Journal article: ‘Victorian Fake News for Sale’, British Journalism Review, 28,2,2017.

Conference papers:

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals annual conference (University of Freiburg, Germany 2017): ‘“Fire Fowler” and the “devouring element”: Tracing the careers of a family of newspaper penny-a-liners and their role in the development of the London popular press.’       

Editing the Twentieth Century Conference (British Library 2017): ‘The Athletic News editors: Good at games? An examination of the expectation of athletic prowess among sporting editors on the British popular press c1900.’

British Association for Victorian Studies annual conference (Cardiff 2016): ‘“What but greed, what but avarice, would induce a man . . . to carry on that business?” Coupon betting and the British sporting press c1900.’

Teaching Programmes

Joint Honours BA (Hons) History, Politics and Sociology