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Thomas McCooey

Liverpool Screen School

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Thomas McCooey joined LJMU in 2022 and teaches in the journalism department, focussing on sports journalism.

He is NCTJ and NCE trained, and also has a BJTC-accredited MA in broadcast journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.

Before joining LJMU, he worked as a journalist with roles in news and sport at The Wigan Post and Wigan Observer, and has freelanced for national titles and trade magazines.

He has also worked as a sub editor for Reach PLC on the sports pages of the Sunday Star and Sunday Express, and still writes for publications such as Classic Car Weekly and Forty-20 Magazine.

Thomas has some previous broadcast experience, including as a production assistant at BBC Radio Lancashire, and has written two books on Wigan Warriors rugby league club.


2020, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, MA Broadcast Journalism


2014, National Council for the Training of Journalists, National Certificate in Sports Journalism

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present

Postgraduate training

NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, United Kingdom, News Associates, 2012 - 2013


McCooey T. 2023. Time is Pressing Forty-20 Magazine, 13 :21-21 Publisher Url

Books (authored)

McCooey T, Wilkinson P, Kuzio D. 2022. Making Memories for 150 years 1872 - 2022 Wilkinson P. Wigan Warriors Publisher Url

McCooey T. 2018. In Our Blood: Conversations with Players, Heroes and Fans on 9781780915791

Conference presentation:

Partnerships with work placement providers and the link to professional identity, Students at the Heart Conference 2023, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2023

Future-proofing students: What skills are necessary for the news and sports media of the future?, European Journalism Training Association (EJTA) teachers’ conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2023