Course given top rating by magazine industry chiefs at re-accreditation visit.

The BA Journalism degree at Sheffield Hallam University has been re-accredited by the magazine industry with “flying colours”. The course and its magazine pathway was scrutinised by the Professional Publishers’ Association, who first accredited it in 2014. Editors commented that the pathway “stretched students” and staff were coming up with some “really impressive ways of…

What is the role of the press as part of the open justice process?

Journalism Reader Dr David Clarke gives his views on Open Justice in the Sheffield Telegraph‘s weekly Forum debate. He was asked to answer the question: What is the role of the press as part of the open justice process?  Earlier this year a senior barrister, Andrew Langdon QC, warned that ‘justice operates unseen and unheard by the…

Make politics relevant to real people, says BBC Look North political editor

Finding the human angle in political stories is all-important, BBC Look North’s political editor James Vincent told SHU journalism students. The best way to report political issues is to show how it affects real people, he said. And that means making it relevant to your audience. “It might be something about not getting your bins…

Collecting Space Archives

Dr David Clarke, Reader in Journalism, recently spoke about his research consultancy with The National Archives at a conference held at the Science Museum in London. In this blogpost he reports on an amazing day meeting the archivists who curate the history of Britain’s role in the exploration of space. The plot of Blade Runner…

Moving film about refugee children inspires SHU students

Sheffield-based documentary maker Lucas Jedrzejak gave a special screening of his new film to SHU students. Ketermaya tells the moving story of Syrian refugee children living in a Lebanese camp, many of them orphans. Lucas self-financed the project so that he could show what he believes is a true reflection of their experiences. He said:…

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…