News in brief

School students at the taster day shooting footage outside St George's Church

Taste of journalism for local schools

The Department of Journalism Studies recently opened its doors to 30 secondary school students from around Sheffield – in a 'taster day' designed to give an insight into university life to young people from social groups that tend not to enter higher education.

Organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences' outreach team, with staff from Journalism Studies, the day challenged the visitors to complete a journalistic task alongside the department's students. Some wrote a blog while others split into groups to plan, script and create their own TV news reports. Journalism students answered questions from the guests and conducted a tour of the University's campus. The visitors impressed with their enthusiasm and willingness to try something new and the day generated a real buzz around the department.

Photo album from the taster day

Jackie speaks to Brussels

Joint head of the Department of Journalism Studies Professor Jackie Harrison has visited the European Parliament in Brussels to speak about the portrayal of the European Union in the press. Jackie presented at a seminar with media professionals and other heads of journalism departments, entitled 'Media coverage of the EU: the way ahead'.

Propaganda and Counter-TerrorismEmma BriantTransatlantic trip for Emma

Sheffield journalism lecturer Dr Emma Briant has a busy time ahead. In late February she crosses the Atlantic for a ten-day stint as a visiting scholar at New York University. During her time at NYU's Department of Media, Culture and Communication she will visit Professors Terence Moran and Steven Lukes, giving a lecture on Prof Lukes' module Power, Domination and Resistance.

Emma's new book Propaganda and Counter-Terrorism: Strategies for Global Change is published on 27 February, while she is in the USA. Shortly after her return she will appear at the Hexham Debates in Northumberland, discussing the intriguing research findings that inform her book.


Scott speaks out on Telegraph "scandal"

Dr Scott Eldridge has described as "a shock and a media scandal" the resignation of Peter Oborne as chief political commentator with the Daily Telegraph. In a piece for The Conversation, the Sheffield journalism lecturer said Oborne's resignation letter shows "an unravelling of an agreed-upon set of rules" which "allow newspapers to balance the profit-making demands with its public interest ideals."

To the alarm of many journalists and media commentators, Oborne linked the Telegraph's relatively benign coverage of HSBC to the bank's advertising spend with the paper. Scott added: "Clearly for Oborne, the business leaders at the Telegraph had failed to adhere to that division – and his frustration over that failure is apparent."

Kieron Bryan's lectureKieron lands C4 post

Sheffield journalism graduate Kieron Bryan – who was jailed in Russia in 2013 for filming a Greenpeace protest in the Arctic – is to take up a new post with Channel 4 News.

After studying MA Broadcast Journalism at Sheffield in 2007–08 Kieron worked for The Times and Daily Mirror before going freelance. He was held by Russian authorities for two months and returned to the University after his release to give a guest lecture (pictured) about his experience.

Kieron will join Channel 4 News in March, working as a multimedia producer with a focus on video.


Prestigious conference for PhD trio

Three PhD candidates from the Department of Journalism Studies have had papers accepted for a conference in Puerto Rico. José Antonio Brambila, Sara García Santamaría and Ximena Orchard will present their work to the International Communication Association (ICA) conference on topics including Cuban media and populism, and regional news in the provinces of Mexico.

Taking place in May, the ICA conference is one of the world's leading media and journalism forums in terms of academic quality, global impact and prestige. The event has received a huge degree of interest this year and its committee could accept only 45 per cent of papers submitted.