Our graduates have a great employment success rate in a range of professions particularly journalism and public relations. Profiled below are some of their personal stories.
- Danielle Hayden, reporter, BBC TV, Media City
- Adele Norris, NHS media relations officer, NHS Kings Lynn
- Rachel Cummins, PR and Social Media Account Exec, McCann
- Dan Phillis, Communications assistant, Leeds Rhinos
- Sam Ashoo, TV journalist, Liverpool FC TV
- Kathryn Smiles, news editor, Sheffield Live TV
- Emma Spragg, freelance reporter, Sheffield Live TV
- Hannah Sanders, freelance reporter, Sheffield Live TV
- Harry West, sports writer, Perform
- Peter Hanson, sports writer, Perform
- Jonno Baker, Broadcast Assistant, BBC Radio Derby
- Damien Wilde, Digital Journalist, National Golf magazine
- Poppy Jay-Palmer, writer, Sci-Fi magazine
- Danny Hall, Sports reporter, Sheffield Star
- Dave Granger, TV production, William Hill TV; Freelance reporter, Sheffield Live TV, Worksop Guardian
- Ray Ackerman, Researcher, Blink Films
- Iain Pearce, Digital Media Officer, Chesterfield Football Club
Dan Hobson, reporter, Ross Parry News Agency.
- Nat Wilson, editor, This is Ark music webzine
- Josh Power, Press and Social Media Officer, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
- Mayuri Upadhyay, Assistant Producer, Televideo
- Sarunas Mazalas, reporter, Lithuanian website 15min.It
- Scott Richards, broadcast journalist, TalkSport
- Dian Stanchev, reporter, Bulgarian national daily sports newspaper Tema:Sport
- Peter Spencer, freelance broadcast journalist, BBC Radio Sheffield
- Adam Reaney, reporter, South Yorkshire Times
- Naveen Nair, correspondent, CNN IBN
- Abdulmohsen Algabbani , correspondent, Aljazeera Media Network
- Jimmy Stone, news editor, Charlton Athletic FC
- Jonno Garnett, writer, MODE Business and Lifestyle Magazine
- Kelly Elmore, social media executive, New Edge Media
- Kris Holland, trainee, BBC Radio Northampton
Danielle Hayden, reporter, BBC, Media City
Just weeks after handing in her last BA Journalism assessment Danielle secured a job on the Mansfield Chad as a reporter.
She was delighted to get a job covering such a “gritty patch” and the workaholic also managed to keep working freelance shifts for BBC Radio Sheffield.
Danielle said: “I absolutely loved my time at Sheffield Hallam and the skills I learned there were essential in my first, and subsequent, job roles.”
From the Mansfield Chad, Danielle went to the Lancashire Evening Post, before transferring – after just a few months – to the BBC traineeship scheme. For the past year, she has been based in Media City, Salford, on a range of TV and radio attachments.
Danny Young, Editor, Ebuyer.com
Whilst at SHU, Danny travelled to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 to work as guest editor at the Times of India. He was also editor of Hallam student magazine SHU:Life and spent time at BBC Radio Sheffield.Following graduation Danny began working with a number of tech firms including SONY and ASUS, eventually ending up as the Editor for Ebuyer.com.
In early 2015, Danny was featured in PCR magazine’s “30 Under 30: The tech industry’s top young guns”.Danny said: “I’ve got a rather varied job at the moment, I’m in charge of articles and features for Ebuyer.com. I spend my days working with tech firms like Google, Microsoft and HP, to create articles, videos and reviews around new technology on the market.”
“Sheffield Hallam gave me the opportunity and support to work and travel outside the normal classroom. The SHU journalism course prepared me for work in a modern media environment, and gave me chances to gain priceless experience.”
Kim Law, reporter, Selby Post
Kim graduated with a first class honours degree in 2012 and started her new job a week after her final university exam. The 21-year-old is working 20 miles from her home town of Goole in East Yorkshire at the weekly newspaper the Selby Post.
Kim describes her job as exciting and challenging, and said she is enjoying helping to set up the newspaper’s website and Facebook page.
“Every day is different as one day I can take pictures of a sports day at a local primary school and the next day I’m interviewing famous authors and receiving free copies of their forthcoming book.”
Kim said her degree prepared her extremely well for her first job due to its relevant modules and work experience opportunities.
“Thanks to my placement I made crucial contacts who later interviewed me for the job I am in today. The online skills I learned at SHU and the website I developed were what pushed my employers to give me the job over three other candidates. Without the career support, modules and guidance of my lecturers I would not be in this job today.”
Dani Millward, account executive, Quicksilver PR
Learning about online journalism and social media during her undergraduate degree set Dani up for a career in public relations.
Despite studying journalism at SHU, Dani found she was equipped for a range of job opportunities due to her blogging and social media skills.
“In my final year at SHU I learned how influential social media is for everything. Also for my applied project I did a fashion blog which I have kept going. The blog has been the focus of my job interviews.”
The 23-year-old currently works for a Quicksilver PR in Evesham, dealing with clients in the private and public sector. Her job involves traditional and digital PR such as writing press releases, building up contacts, setting up media interviews and photographs and promoting clients on Facebook and Twitter.
Prior to her current post she worked as an online editor for a technology news website reporting on events across Europe.
Sam Cooper, freelance reporter, Wakefield Express
Taking the NCTJ route at SHU opened doors for Sam as he now works in his dream job as a print journalist.
The 22-year-old passed all of his NCTJ exams including 100 wpm shorthand and was offered a job as a reporter at the Hull Daily Mail before he even graduated.
Sam decided it was important to finish his degree and on finishing the course he was taken on by the Wakefield Express as a news and sports reporter on a freelance basis. He had previously carried out work experience at the weekly paper, which was set up by one of his SHU lecturers.
“The degree helped me by teaching me about structuring a story and basic news sense. But you have also got to do the NCTJ and got to have work experience on a newspaper and know how to make the right impression. The support I got with the NCTJ at Hallam was fantastic – it got me through the exams.”
Heidi Ghaichem, broadcast journalist, BBC Radio Wales
Heidi took up every opportunity during her degree, travelling to the Beijing Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where she worked as a flash quote reporter.
Following graduation she worked as a freelance journalist for a year and did work experience at the Guardian newspaper before gaining a place on the prestigious postgraduate Broadcast Diploma at Cardiff University.
Heidi won a BBC Wales bursary to cover the cost of the diploma, which also included paid work experience at BBC Radio Wales. This led to a job as a broadcast journalist and researcher across the BBC Radio Wales programmes including Good Morning Wales the flagship breakfast programme.
“It’s a lot of fun, I get to meet and talk to all walks of life and cover news events that I am personally interested in. A recent highlight was getting SHU’s very own David Clarke on the programme to talk about UFOs.”
Heidi said none of her opportunities would have been possible without the help and support of all of the Sheffield Hallam staff and the work placement opportunities.
“There is no way I would be working in journalism right now if I had not done the journalism course at Sheffield Hallam. The support the staff showed me was breathtaking. The hard work of staff has clearly turned the SHU journalism department into one that can compete with the best.”
Leanne Chuter, assistant producer, Helicopter Heroes
Leanne originally dreamt of being a music journalist but during her degree at SHU she found a new love in radio broadcasting.
She now works for BBC regional TV in Leeds researching documentaries. .
During her journalism degree Leanne did 11 work placements in radio, newspapers and magazines before deciding radio was for her.
“In my third year at Hallam I did the radio module and (senior lecturer) Philo’s enthusiasm for radio really helped me. I thought it was really fun.
“I use the skills I learned at SHU every day now. If I hadn’t have done the course I would not have been able to cope with how fast paced radio is, particular editing.”