James Blake is the Director of the Centre for Media and Culture and a member of the facilitating group at the RSE Young Academy of Scotland. James joined Edinburgh Napier University in January 2010 where he teaches across television news, factual television and TV studio presentation. He also continues his professional TV practice at Channel 4 News and at STV in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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.