Dr McEnnis researches into sports journalism professionalism in the digital age and has had work published in leading journals including the International Journal of Sport Communication, Journalism, and Digital Journalism. His work has explored the nature of professional change in sports journalism in the social and digital media era. He is particularly interested in investigating the diffuse role orientations, principles and practices that now constitute sports journalists and sports journalism in the digital age and what this means for society.
In his research, Dr McEnnis has explored various impacts on sports journalism, such as citien journalism, blogging and online journalism, which has culminated in his 2021 book Disrupting Sports Journalism. Dr McEnnis is continuing to explore the awkward and contested spaces in which sports journalism now exists with his latest journal article looking at the hybridity of influencer-sports journalism and what this means for our understandings of principles and practice.
Dr McEnnis is interested in postgraduate supervision in journalism and media studies. He is particularly keen on projects that explore professional and citizen journalism, digital and social media practice, blogging and influencer culture, media analysis, sports journalism or sports media.
Dr McEnnis is currently the academic lead for the media subject area in the School of Art and Media at the University. This role involves overseeing the day-to-day operation and strategic development of nine undergraduate and three postgraduate media courses at the University.
Dr McEnnis is chair of the sports journalism board for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This role involves setting national subject benchmarks for sports journalism. He has also conducted enterprise activity in leading the learning and development of industry professionals at Sky Sports News, a 24-hour rolling news channel between 2011-2020.
Dr McEnnis has a professional background in sports journalism with both national and local newspapers. He was a sports journalist with The Sun for nine years after leaving his post as deputy sports editor of the Colchester Evening Gazette. He started his career as a news reporter and is a NCE/NQJ-qualified senior journalist.
Dr McEnnis was awarded his PhD by Publication in 2021 with a thesis entitled "Sports Journalists and the Professional Crisis". He was awarded a distinction in Master's of Arts and Cultural Research (MRes) at the University of Brighton and an upper second class degree in BA Hons English Literature from the University of Sheffield.
Dr McEnnis supervises final projects on both undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses. He also leads the Sports Media Studies module on BA (Hons) Sport Journalism and the Critical Issues in Sports Journalism module on MA Sport Journalism.