125 years of the Sheffield Star

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2012 is the 125th anniversary of Sheffield’s evening newspaper. A number of the journalism course staff worked for the paper during their careers and many of our students have seen their first bylines in The Star.

To mark the anniversary, Retro editor Nancy Fielder is hosting an event at Weston Park Museum that celebrates more a century of reporting the city’s history with the launch of a new book and exhibition.

The event, on Friday 26 October at 1 PM, is free admission so please join us at Weston Park Museum (no 52 bus from city centre takes you to the door) for what should be a fascinating trip through the history of Sheffield Newspapers.

125 years of The Star is part of the Off The Shelf literature festival that runs in Sheffield from 13 October to 3 November. You can pick up a free programme from The Showroom and other venues around the city centre. The festival features talks from a host of big names including Stuart Maconie, Susan Hill, Simon Armitage and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Some other Off the Shelf events of interest to journalists include:

Saturday 13 October at 6 PM (tickets £10)  – Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell at The Showroom cinema – in a career spanning four decades Bell has lampooned just about every prominent figure in the world of politics. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited across the world. Learn how he does it in a vividly illustrated political history  and enjoy his ongoing mission to tear holes in the clothing of the political establishment.

Sunday 14 October at 3 PM (tickets £7.50/£5.50) – Carolyn Waudby and Mike Hutchinson launch their Dark River project at the Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Alma Street. Poetry by journalism lecturer Carolyn, inspired by the dark past of the River Don, will come alive in the historic, possibly haunted building in Kelham island. Images by artist and media lecturer Mike will complement this feast of words and will be screened as part of the event, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the industrial museum.

Monday, 22 October at 7 pm (tickets £7.50/£5.50) – Award winning journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner Heather Brooke is speaking on ‘The Revolution will be Digitised’ at The Showroom cinema. Heather is the journalist who uncovered the MP’s expenses scandal and is a visiting professor at City University’s Department of Journalism. She is the author of the FOIA bible Your Right to Know and The Silent State. In this talk she will take us inside the Information War and explores some of the most urgent questions of the digital age.


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