Radio Academy Gold Award for SHU journalism lecturer

One of our Journalism lecturers, Philo Holland, picked up a Gold Award at last night’s Aria Radio Academy Awards in Leeds. Philo is a senior journalist at BBC Radio 5 Live, where he produces and output edits the Stephen Nolan show.   The show won in the Best News Coverage category, for its coverage of the London…

Catalonia referendum: democracy or ‘democrazy’? asks student from Barcelona

Political rallies are being held today in Madrid and Barcelona following the controversial Catalonia independence referendum. Third year SHU journalism student Maria Dot Grau, who is from the Catalan city Barcelona, travelled home to vote in last weekend’s referendum. Here Maria explains why she voted no – and why the actions of police have since…

View from The Balkans

SHU journalism lecturer Helen Johnston travelled to The Balkans this summer, visiting Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. She wrote a series of travel articles about the experience for On: Yorkshire Magazine. It’s just over 20 years since these countries were at war and Helen reflected on the challenges they have faced in rebuilding their tourist industry,…

“Free” childcare provision challenged by SHU lecturers

Principal lecturer Lily Canter has had articles in The Times, Mail Online and on Novara Media, recently, exploring the controversy surrounding the Government’s new 30 ‘free’ childcare hours scheme The issue was brought to her attention by fellow SHU  lecturer Emma Wilkinson, mother of three young children. Her three-year-old son Sam attends nursery in Sheffield…

Comedian Jenny Eclair is listless…

Comedian Jenny Eclair is addicted to making lists. Lists for shopping, daily life, weekly chores, To Do lists in every shape and form. So she relished the chance to explore this addiction in a Radio 4 programme called Jenny Eclair is Listless Today (broadcast on August Bank Holiday Monday). The programme was produced by Pennine…

Babies welcome, too!

Many students dread giving presentations. They worry about what their colleagues will think – and, more importantly (because it involves marks) – what their tutor will think. Second year student Samantha Ball also had to contend with the fact that she’d just had a baby when she (and Leo) took part in a group presentation…

The late Ian McMillan?

Are you an always early person, or a “Running late” one? Does it matter to you if you turn up an hour early for an appointment – or 24 hours late? Yorkshire poet Ian McMillan – who has an honorary doctorate from SHU – is a very early bird. He’ll turn up hours before an…

Bill back up from down under

Second year Bill Edgar has been spending six months as an exchange student at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. While there, he wrote a blog, using his own photographs, and he’s since gained work experience on local papers, as well as exploring the country. He’s now returned to the UK via South East…

Tasha’s Big Knight

Second year feature-writer Tasha Jagger attended her first film premiere on a Press pass earlier this summer – Transformers: The Last Knight. “It was such a great experience,” says the sci-fi fan. “I even managed to get a strong, solid quote from Mark Wahlberg (pictured), who I didn’t even think I’d get the chance to…

SHU student learns from the experts at investigative journalism conference

Sheffield Hallam University second year student Molly Williams attended the UK’s biggest investigative journalism conference this summer in preparation for her final year dissertation. Here she discusses some of the highlights from the event. “For journalists, the defining value is honesty – the attempt to tell the truth. That is our primary purpose. All that…

Alien Art: new book by journalism lecturer

70 years ago an American pilot reported seeing nine strange ‘saucer-like’ objects in the sky – and launched the modern UFO myth. Within hours of Kenneth Arnold reporting his sighting to the press in June 1947 an enterprising sub-editor coined the phrase ‘flying saucer‘. Within days the mystery made newspaper headlines around the world –…