In Her Own Words: My new role as a Local Democracy Reporter

By Molly Williams “Investigate, scrutinise and report on our local government” – the job description advertised in The Sheffield Star sounded like the perfect role – the opportunity to doggedly report on issues affecting the public and hold the powerful to account, in the city that fast became home for me while studying journalism at…

Wedding bells to ring for SHU journalism alumni after Whitby proposal

A SHU journalism wedding is on the horizon after alumni Danny Hall and Natalie Wilson decided to tie the knot. The pair, both 27, have just got engaged in the romantic setting of Whitby – on Danny’s first visit to the Yorkshire seaside town. Natalie said: “I’m over the moon, it couldn’t have been a more…

Students attend London magazine awards ceremony

      Students Samantha Ball and Natasha Jagger travelled to London to meet national magazine editors at an industry award night for young talent. The students were nominated for the Professional Publishers’ Association  New Talent Awards for outstanding work on the BA Journalism course and beyond. The night was held at the Grade 1 listed LSO St….

Fancy starting a magazine?

Second-year feature-writers learnt this week how to set up a magazine while still at university. Guest lecturer James Thornhill did just that. He set up The National Student – http://www.thenationalstudent.com/ – in 2002, while studying Journalism at the University of Lincoln. The first publication to target students right across the UK, it became part of…

Ella skates onto BBC Radio

Second year student Ella Glenn-Buchanan was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield about her ice skating. Breakfast show reporter Kat Harbourne went to iceSheffield in the Lower Don Valley to mark Bolero Day, the day in 1984 when Torvill and Dean took the Gold medal in the Winter Olympics. When she saw the Radio Sheffield…

Associate lecturer critiques Guardian tabloid format for The Conversation

Journalism and PR associate lecturer Arlene Lawler has written a detailed analysis of the Guardian’s new tabloid format for  academic news website The Conversation. The Guardian launched its new look today which included a new masthead and colour palette together with an revamp of the website. Arlene described the redesign as “a mixed bag” but…

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…

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…

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:…