Professor John MacKay welcomed to GCU

24 February 2015

Professor MacKay joined students, staff, journalists and broadcasters at the event

Professor MacKay joined students, staff, journalists and broadcasters at the event

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) welcomed TV news anchor and newly-appointed Honorary Professor John MacKay to celebrate the achievements of the University’s postgraduate journalism students.

As a reporter then news anchor for STV, Professor MacKay has been at the forefront of Scottish media since the 1990s, covering major stories including the Lockerbie bombing, the Dunblane shooting, the opening of the Scottish Parliament and last year’s Scottish Referendum.

He is currently the chief anchor and a producer for the West Central Scotland edition of STV News at Six and a presenter for current affairs programme, Scotland Tonight.

Students, staff, journalists and broadcasters attended Professor MacKay’s address, which started with stories from his early days with the Sunday Post through to his current broadcasting role.

Claire Dean, MA Multimedia Journalism Programme Leader, said: “John MacKay’s appointment as Honorary Professor is great news for our journalism and media students and it builds on GCU’s partnership with STV to deliver STV Glasgow.

“Employability and close links with the industry are fundamental to the success of our undergraduate and postgraduate journalism programmes and our students will benefit a great deal from working with John in the future.

“We have had great feedback from students and staff who attended the event, during which he shared insights into the industry and underlined the importance of honesty, humanity and integrity in journalism.”

The event also marked the achievements of Donald Fullarton, who started as a junior reporter in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times in 1963 and went on to enjoy a local newspaper career spanning six decades.

Donald rose through the ranks to become Editorial Director of Clyde and Forth Press Ltd, a position he held until 1999. He was appointed as a tutor in the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies from 2000, and joined GCU as a tutor in Practical Journalism in 2008.