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Josh Newman

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Film and television production
Courses taught:

Josh is a filmmaker with 25 years of industry experience in TV, film, online marketing and visitor attractions and a research interest in using video to communicate in innovative ways.

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With a broad interest in using video storytelling for education, communication and social justice, Josh has worked in all areas of film, video, and television.

After an MFA from USC, he assisted on a Sundance winning documentary before working in post production at Universal Studios.

Back in the UK, Josh moved into broadcast and online video with CNBC while also working with a range of NGOs and museums creating narrative and documentary films as well as interactive apps and games.

He also worked as Head of Production at TUI Group and with Cambridge-based Visual Communications company Somersault before entering academia.

Research interests
  • Storytelling through documentary and narrative
  • Impact of video and digital content on audiences
  • Use of video for science and environmental communication
  • Content innovation and personalisation through AR/VR and interactivity
  • Platforms of delivery – Single, Multiscreen and Immersive presentation and interactivity

Josh currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Screen Skills (BA, Year 1 & 2)
  • Graduation Films (BA, Year 3)
  • Visual Storytelling (MA)
  • PGC, Academic Practice, University of Brighton
  • MFA, Film/Video Production, University of Southern California
  • BA / MA, Theology and Philosophy, University of Oxford
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Fellow, Advance HE
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange
  • Lead researcher, RISE Knowledge Exchange for Your Sales Partners Ltd.
  • Communications consultant, Cambridge Smart Plastics
  • Communications consultant, Workplace Buzz
Selected recent publications

Bukauskas, A. et al. Curved-crease origami face shields for infection control. Plos One. 2021.

Recent presentations and conferences

2019 Brightcove: PLAY (Boston, MA) – panel member

2018 Figaro Digital: Using content innovation

2018 Brightcove: PLAY – Personalising content experiences

2017 Festival of Marketing – Video concatenation and reaching

2017 Figaro Digital Marketing Conference – Keynote Speaker

2013 Museums Association Conference – A multi-screen experience at Torquay’s Torre Abbey

Media experience

As Producer/Director:

  • 2012. CNBC International, "Energy Opportunities: The Global Brainstorm" – a documentary about finding solutions to future energy use
  • 2011. CNBC International, "Energy Opportunities" – a documentary about creating a low carbon world
  • 2006. "Five by Five" – a series of short films directed produced and curated with Ben Caplan

As Writer/Director:

  • 2002. "The Mail Gaze" short film

As First Assistant Editor:

  • 2002. "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony"