Neal MannNeal is most influential Tweeter

Sheffield graduate Neal Mann has been named as the most influential UK journalist on Twitter with 100,000 mentions and retweets from his @fieldproducer account in the three months to the end of September.

Neal, who graduated in 2008 with an MA in Broadcast Journalism, is currently a digital news editor for Sky News and has done stints in Libya and Pakistan for Sky's foreign desk.

A joint study, by the Tweetminster news website and PR agency Portland, analysed 330,429 tweets and mentions of journalists from UK news groups to come up with the top 50 media tweeters.

Neal will be conducting a number of Twitter masterclasses for Sheffield journalism student this semester.

He told the Guardian: "I am almost lost for words. Undoubtedly the highlight of my career and finally makes all the pains of 'Twitter thumb' worthwhile."