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Journalist David teaches modules in media law and investigative journalism. He has a lifelong interest in folklore and ‘extraordinary experiences’ (with UFOs, ghosts and other supernatural phenomena). His PhD is in British folklore and cultural tradition. He is frequently quoted by national and international media as an expert in these areas and is a consultant for The National Archives UFO files project.

David writes a monthly column for The Fortean Times magazine. He has extensive media interview experience and is available for both print and broadcast work.


  • Investigative journalism
  • Freedom of Information
  • Media Ethics and regulation
  • Privacy and defamation 
  • Official secrets and whistleblowers
  • Military intelligence and secret intelligence
  • Contemporary and urban legends
  • Conspiracy beliefs and cultures
  • Social and psychological context of supernatural belief
  • Oral traditions and folk belief
  • Supernatural belief and ‘extraordinary experiences’
  • UFOs and ‘aerial phenomena’

Notable media coverage:

  • Mail Online [Jan 2019] - New prank theory for Britain's Roswell
  • Talk Radio [Jan 2019] - Rendlesham Forest incident research and new theory
  • 'Fake news' isn't a modern thing - documents prove World War One planting of fake stories in the media by British military. Extensive coverage on BBC News, The Today Programme and Radio 5Live.
  • [June 2014]
    The lasting allure of the flying saucer
  • The Guardian [July 2012]
    Latest release of 'X-files' shows MoD took idea of alien visitors seriously
  • [July 2012]
    Blair was briefed on UK UFO files
  • Sky News [July 2012]
    On Display! MoD's Files On UFOs
  • BBC News [September 2012]
    They are still watching


    Dr David Clarke, course leader in journalism
    Dr David Clarke, course leader in journalism
    Dr David Clarke, course leader in journalism
    Dr David Clarke, course leader in journalism

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