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Biography James Blake is the Head of Media and Humanities at Edinburgh Napier University.

James started his professional career in television as an ITN trainee in London in 1998. After this he worked on the ITV News at Ten before he was appointed as a specialist Home Affairs Producer for Channel 4 News where he also produced a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4. He became a Channel 4 News reporter in 2007 and covered stories ranging from terrorism, human rights, asylum, mental health issues, youth justice and the courts. He has also worked as a reporter and programme producer for STV News and the STV Scotland Tonight current affairs programme.
Research Interests I research the impact of digital and mobile platforms on television. This includes audience reception and motivation, social media and interactive and immersive storytelling. My research examines how transmedia narratives have evolved and studies the commercial opportunities around the intersection and interaction of mobile and TV.

My new book 'Television and the Second Screen' was published by Routledge in November 2016.
Teaching and Learning Until 2017 I was the Programme Leader of the BA Television degree at Edinburgh Napier University. I am also the proud winner of the 2017 ENSA "Best Tutor" award within Arts and Creative Industries.