Viewfinder Magazine


We are looking for academics, researchers, doctoral students, video essayists, writers and practitioners to submit articles and proposals to ViewFinder Magazine.

ViewFinder is the specialist online magazine for Learning on Screen: The British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council, dedicated to exploring the moving image and education.

ViewFinder is a home for all writers but is particularly committed to discovering new voices in academia and publishing work that has impact outside of the academic community.

We are looking for essays and articles on: film, television, radio, education, research projects involving the moving image, plus book reviews.

This is a great opportunity for impact and to write around a subject without peer review. It is also a great space for research students and post-grads to get their work out to the public.

ViewFinder's ISSN is 2634-8179 - work published in ViewFinder will count as 'impact' in Research Excellence Framework assessment.

Each issue of ViewFinder will be centred around a theme or topic of discussion. Submissions and proposals must aim to fit into these themes, but it is not mandatory.

The theme for issue 121: 40 years of Channel 4


ViewFinder Issue 121 is now open for submission from writers, academics, researchers, doctoral students and video essayists.

This coming November sees the 40th anniversary of the launch of Channel 4. In this issue of ViewFinder we will look back across the channel’s history, exploring its output, it’s purpose, and its effects. At the time of its first transmission Channel 4 was committed to providing an alternative to existing British television: a mission that was embodied in its programming for minority groups, and in its offering in the sphere of arts and culture. Later, the channel sought to broaden its appeal, achieving this, in part, through securing the rights to key US-produced shows heralding a “New Golden Age of Television”.

We are looking for articles between 800 and 2000 words that engage with Channel 4’s broadcasting culture and its historical programming. Contributors are welcome to focus on the following topics, or can feel free to suggest an area of exploration:

• The organisational culture and history of Channel 4

• Channel 4 programming innovation (specific shows/series or commissioning policy)

• Approaches to minority social groups

• Channel 4 news output

• Channel 4 and film (production or exhibition)

• Key figures that shaped Channel 4

ViewFinder is designed to be accessible across academic disciplines and for public readership as well as academia. It is a chance to synthesise and summarise your project work and to offer think pieces and provocations that enrich the public conversation.

Articles from 800-2000 words (this is flexible) written with accessible language and for a wide, crossover audience.

Deadline for proposals: 3rd October 2022.

Deadline for papers/submissions: 11th November 2022.

For all enquiries and proposals, please email Ali Ward -

Previous contributors to ViewFinder include:
Dr Michel Wahoma, Prof Lindiwe Dovey, Dr. Sharon Coleclough, Professor Kate Williams, Laura Mulvey, Lucy Bolton, Mark Taylor Batty, Katerina Loukopoulou, Fernando Sdrigotti, Charles Barr, Ian Christie, Professor John Ellis, Professor Jo Fox, Roger Luckhurst and Lee Cooke.