Staff profiles

Dr Lily Canter, principal lecturer and Subject Group Leader

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Teaching: Lily is module leader for Journalism Skills 2, Journalism Issues and Public Affairs. She has published research papers in the journals Digital JournalismJournalism Practice, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism and Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies and has presented papers at a variety of international journalism conferences. Her research interests include local newspapers, online journalism, hyperlocal journalism and social media.

Journalism: Lily continues to work as a freelance journalist for national newspapers and websites including The Guardian  and The Telegraph and previously worked as a features editor, news desk assistant, health reporter and patch reporter for the Northampton Chronicle & Echo and the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald. As a freelancer she has written for BBC OnlineThe Sun, Northamptonshire Evening TelegraphSheffield StarImage magazine, and Movies 1 website. Lily has also worked as a freelance media consultant for Sustrans Connect 2, the International Academy for Investigate Psychology and The Art of Wood. Lily is also founder and chair of short film festival Film Northants.


Twitter: @lilycanter



Dr David Clarke, Principal Research Fellow

Teaching: David leads modules on investigation skills, media law and journalistic ethics. His research interests include the methodology of investigative journalism and the use of archives and Freedom of Information legislation for public interest reporting. David has a Ph.D in English Cultural Tradition and Folklore and his publications include 12 books and frequent broadcast appearances including Radio 4 Today and the BBC 2 Timewatch series.

Journalism: David previously worked as deputy news editor for the Rotherham Advertiser and as a crime/general reporter for the Sheffield Star and Yorkshire Post. He also spent four years working as a press officer in local government.  Since 2003 David has been a regular feature writer and columnist for Fortean Times magazine and speaker at their Unconvention. In 2008 he began working with The National Archives (TNA) as consultant for the on-going release of the UFO files created by Britain’s Ministry of Defence. The second edition of his book on the project, was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. His latest book, How UFOs Conquered the World: The history of a modern myth, was published by Aurum Press in 2015. His latest book, UFO Drawings From The National Archives, will be published by Four Corners Books, London, on 18 September 2017,


Twitter: @shuclarke



Phil Andrews, senior lecturer

Teaching: Phil is leader of the postgraduate Sports Journalism degree. He is author of standard text Sport Journalism: A Practical Introduction and has written two sports-based novels – Own Goals and Goodnight Vienna.

Journalism: Phil has worked as a sports journalist at The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. He has also worked as an on-screen reporter for ITV Calendar and worked as a radio journalist for the BBC. Phil has also worked as a political correspondent, chief feature writer and features editor at the Sheffield Star. He has won several awards as a sportswriter, including from the Sports Writers’ Association and UK Press Gazette, and has been Yorkshire Sports Writer of the Year three times, as well as News Feature Writer of the Year.  He is a former head of public relations for Sheffield City Council.



Sue Featherstone, associate lecturer

Sue pixTeaching: Sue was instrumental in developing and launching the BA Journalism degree at SHU and was inaugural course leader for four years. She now has a business development role and has helped to set up short courses on media training, using social media for business, travel writing, digital video and stills photography. Sue is an NCTJ marker and has co-authored two books on journalism – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: An Introduction. Her first novel, A Falling Friend, co-written with fellow journalist Susan Pape, was published last year by Lakewater Press. They have just completed its sequel.

Journalism: Sue’s first job was a trainee reporter on the Rothwell Advertiser. From there she moved to the Wakefield Express where she worked as a general newsroom reporter, district reporter, deputy women’s editor and advertorial writer. She then took up deputy editorships at the Selby Times and the Pontefract and Castleford Express. After working in newspapers Sue moved into PR and worked for Yorkshire Water overhauling their corporate communications programme in the run-up to privatisation.



Julie Gillin, senior lecturer

Teaching: Julie teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate journalism degrees as well as on the public relations programmes. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is currently studying for an MSc in Technology Enhanced Learning, Innovation and Change.

Journalism: Julie began her journalism career at the Derbyshire Times where she became deputy news editor and was awarded the NUM medal for her work covering the pit closures. She then moved to Sheffield Star where she had various roles as a news reporter, feature writer, sub, district news editor and deputy news editor.  Julie has worked for Sheffield media consultancy firm HR Media for clients including Community Health Sheffield, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Westfield Health, Sheffield Health Authority and Sheffield United. She also worked as the press officer for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Appeal.


Twitter: @juliegillin


Philo Holland, principal lecturer (Employability Lead)

Teaching: Philo teaches on the BA (Hons) Journalism, BA (Hons) Media and MA International Broadcast Journalism courses. He specialises in radio and online journalism.  Philo won a Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher’s Award in 2011 and 2012.

Journalism: Philo has worked at BBC Radio 5 Live for over 10 years, as a reporter, producer, presenter and editor. He spent four years working with Adrian Chiles on his Sony award-winning Saturday sports talk show. During his radio career Philo has worked with Eamonn Holmes, Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire and he now divides his time between Sheffield Hallam University and editing the Stephen Nolan show.


Twitter: @philoholland


Clare Jenkins, senior lecturer and joint course leader

Teaching: Clare teaches on a range of modules on the undergraduate programme, specialising in feature-writing and the history of journalism. She has two MAs, one in women’s issues, the other in creative writing, both from SHU.

Journalism: Clare is a radio broadcaster, producer and partner in Pennine Productions. She makes and presents features and documentaries for BBC Radio 4, and has contributed hundreds of packages to magazine programmes such as Woman’s Hour and You and Yours. As a print journalist, she has written for various newspapers and magazines, from the Guardian to Woman’s Weekly. She has also edited and written a number of books based on personal testimony, among them Relative Grief – about bereavement – and A Passion for Priests, about women’s relationships with Roman Catholic priests.  Clare is a member of the Oral History Society, and was visiting research fellow at the Centre for Oral History Research in Huddersfield.


Twitter: @clarejenkins13


Helen Johnston, lecturer

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Teaching: Helen has been a lecturer for five years and teaches on a variety of undergraduate modules. She has experience of lecturing in all the core subjects required for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. She is also an examiner for the NCTJ.

Journalism: Helen has 25 years experience as a journalist, working for both national and regional newspapers and magazines. She worked as a news reporter, consumer reporter, and on the news desk at the Sheffield Star. She was features editor and a columnist at the Worksop Guardian, and was a news reporter on the Huddersfield Examiner and the Skegness Standard, where she trained. She continues to work as a freelance journalist and has written for the Daily Mail, national magazines as diverse as Take A Break and Cycling Weekly, the Yorkshire PostSouth Yorkshire Newspapers, South Yorkshire Business magazine, and many other regional publications. She has also worked in PR as a press officer for the Central Office of Information in Leeds, writing press releases and organising media interviews for several Government departments.


Twitter: @journohelen


Graham Moorby, senior lecturer and joint course leader

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Teaching: Graham lectures part time at SHU on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes specialising in television news.

Journalism: Graham works part time as a senior broadcast journalist with BBC Look North in Leeds. He began his journalism career as a junior reporter on the Pontefract and Castleford Express newspaper before moving to the Evening Courier in Halifax and the Yorkshire Evening Post in Leeds, where he was a senior reporter. Later he worked as a freelance reporter for national newspapers including the Observer, The Independent and The Sun. In 1995 he got his first job in television, working as a producer for BBC Breakfast. He returned to his home city of Leeds in 2000 to work on BBC Look North, where – until 2016, when he became full-time at SHU – he planned and produced the programme’s main bulletins.



Dr Lada Price, lecturer

Lada Price250Lada completed her PhD at the Department of Journalism Studies at Sheffield University and spent ten years working there before moving to SHU this year. She teaches Journalism Issues, and Preparation for Journalism Dissertation, as well as supervising final year dissertations.  Her research is focused primarily on media and journalistic practice in transitional democracies. As a former journalist herself, including with the BBC in her home country of Bulgaria, she has a particular interest in post-communist media and journalism.


Mark Subryan, PhD student

mark-subryanFor 16 years, I worked as newspaper reporter, photographer, sub-editor, online editor and editor for a variety of weekly, twice-weekly, thrice-weekly and daily newspapers in Canada. The last eight years of my professional journalism career was spent in online journalism. In May 2014, I started to think about exploring career options and thought about a career in academia.

By July 2014, I was fielding offers from several UK universities to study on MA journalism programs. In the end, I chose Sheffield Hallam because of several reasons: the journalism research department is a burgeoning one and has immense potential ahead; Sheffield is a wonderful and safe city and my sister has lived here since 1998 and I have visited almost annually since then.

For me, Sheffield was a second home and is now my main home. While studying on the MA International Journalism I started to inquire about doing a PhD in journalism. Thanks to the assistance of the journalism department and C3RI, I was offered a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to conduct my research here at SHU. The focus of my research is to examine journalistic identity and newsroom practices in the post-Leveson inquiry UK. I also contribute to teaching within the journalism department and have assisted in the presentation of a conference paper on social media and education with Dr. David Clarke and Julie Gillin in the summer of 2015.

My hobbies include traveling, photography, cinema, theatre and reading.


Twitter: @MarkSubryanMA


Martin Smith, senior lecturer and MA course leader 


Teaching: Martin is primarily a sports journalism lecturer and teaches on the MA Sports Journalism. However he also teaches on a range of undergraduate print and online journalism modules.

Journalism: Martin was a journalist at The Star, Sheffield for 25 years before joining the SHU journalism team. He continues to write a sports column for the publication. He has worked across news, sport and features and was the Yorkshire Journalist Of The Year and Yorkshire Feature Writer Of The Year in  2010; three times Sports Journalism Association Regional Journalist Of The Year; four times Yorkshire Sports Journalist Of The Year and Press Gazette Sports Writer Of The Year 2003.


Twitter: @10msmith


Carolyn Waudby, senior lecturer

img_24755[1]Teaching: Carolyn specialises in feature writing and publishing. She supervises dissertations and projects at L6 in addition to leading the final year module Feature Writing & Publishing 3, which is part of the magazine pathway accredited by the Professional Publishers’ Association.

Journalism: Carolyn worked as a feature writer on the Sheffield Star where she was a columnist and had her own page ‘An Interview With’.  Before moving to Sheffield she worked as a consumer writer then deputy features editor on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, where she won a Newspaper Society Award for her coverage of a Pakistan flood disaster. Earlier in her career she worked as a news reporter on the Spalding Guardian/Lincs Free Press and the Bracknell News. She has worked as a press officer for a Government Minister and as a journalistic adviser for the national charity Children’s Express.

Carolyn writes freelance features specialising in travel for publications including easyjet Traveller, The Yorkshire Post, The Press Association, Country Walking, Britain, Fortean Times and The Journalist.

She enjoys a parallel career as a poet. Her prize-winning work has appeared in leading poetry journals and magazines such as Haiku Quarterly, The Reader and Mslexia and The Sheffield Anthology: A City Imagined alongside poems by Jarvis Cocker, beat poet Roger McGough and Carol Ann Duffy.


Twitter: @c_waudby



Emma Wilkinson, associate lecturer

Image result for emma wilkinson journalistEmma is a freelance journalist specialising in biosciences, medicine and health policy.

A graduate of the University of Sheffield, with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MA in Journalism Studies, she started out at The Lancet, before moving to the GP newspaper, Pulse, where she won several awards. Between 2006 and 2010, she worked as a health reporter at BBC News online.

She has also worked for Nursing Times, the European Heart Journal, Chemist and Druggist, OTC, and Pregnancy and Birth magazine. She now splits her time between teaching, writing news and features, and editing.


Twitter: @Emmajourno


Richard Wilson, lecturer

websitepic2Teaching: Richard took up teaching after 10 years in broadcast journalism. He came to SHU from Northumbria University in Newcastle. He specialises in radio, TV and web -based journalism.

Journalism: Richard started out as a studio manager at the BBC World Service. Working with international journalists inspired him to move up to Edinburgh to do an MSc in Journalism. On graduating, he worked at BBC Radio Cumbria and the Scotsman newspaper. He was then taken on as a trainee journalist with ITV News. Initially he was stationed in Carlisle, his home town, and then at ITV Tyne Tees in the North East. He enjoyed a varied role working as reporter, bulletin producer and online news curator. As a reporter Richard did his own camera work and edited his news reports, as is the trend in local news. He has also spent time working at ITN and Good Morning Britain.


Twitter @richardwnews


Dr Geff Green, principal lecturer and deputy head of department

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Before joining the Communication Studies team at SHU in 1997, Geff completed an Arts Foundation course, worked as a musician and performer for five years and taught English in Indonesia for nearly three years. He later studied History of Art Design and Film, developing an interest in the potentialities of multimedia and the early World Wide Web. He went on to design, programme and maintain professional multimedia applications, as a freelancer, eventually joining Epic Media Group PLC in Brighton. His PhD examined the birth of modern forms of tourist art in the contact zones of colonial Bali with a special emphasis on the mythology and contested discourse surrounding Colonial artist Walter Spies.

Since joining the University, he has taught Technical and Professional Communication plus Online Journalism at Masters level. He has taught Visual Communication, Multimedia and Communication Design to undergraduate students. He has supervised a wide range of PhD and Masters dissertations ranging from aspects of Corporate Communication to Art and Design Theory and Practice.

A significant part of his job is now as the Faculty International Business Developer for South East Asia, developing academic and commercial links between Sheffield Hallam University and institutions in Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. His research has developed from focusing on 20th century colonial /postcolonial cultural history in the Malay / Indonesian world to more recently working with Burmese Karen refugees in his home city of Sheffield. This latest research looks at various aspects of their communication practices and identity construction as a displaced community both locally and in diaspora.





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