News in brief, summer 2015

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1st place, Complete University Guide league tables 2016Sheffield ranked UK's number 1 for journalism

The Department of Journalism Studies has been ranked number 1 in the 2016 Complete University Guide – and Sheffield remains the only university to feature in the top 5 for journalism in all three of the UK's main league tables.

The Complete guide – previously published by The Independent – has promoted Sheffield from number 2 in the 2015 guide to the top spot this time round.

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Employer award for Emma

Emma Briant receiving her employer of the year awardDr Emma Briant has been named on-campus employer of the year at the University of Sheffield after being nominated by a student working as her research assistant.

The Sheffield journalism lecturer will now go through to a national final in Liverpool on 2 July.

Student Employee of the Year is a national competition which aims to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments.

Emma was nominated in the contest's 'employer of the year' category by third-year undergraduate Tiffany Sandrasageran, who was herself highly commended in the awards.

As part of her research on propaganda Emma will also fly to the United States this summer as a visiting scholar at George Washington University at the invitation of Professor Robert Entman.

Freedom of Information book jacket2012 graduate publishes FOI guide

A Sheffield graduate has published his first book – just three years after completing his BA in Journalism Studies.

Matt Burgess, who graduated in 2012, is the author of Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, published by Routledge in June.

Since his time with the Department of Journalism Studies, Matt's work has been published by The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sun, the Daily Mail and others. He is also the founder of the FOI Directory, a freedom of information resource for journalists and researchers.


Spain's new law is "direct attack" on free speech, says Stef

Stef PukallusDr Stef Pukallus has criticised a new 'gag law' introduced in Spain in the wake of mass public demonstrations against austerity.

In a post for the LSE's European Politics and Policy blog Stef described the measure as "a direct attack on freedom of expression and the media's freedom to broadcast public gatherings".

Stef – who was appointed as a lecturer with the Department of Journalism Studies in June – has also been chosen to be an official historian of the European Commission as part of a research bid worth one milllion euros.

As part of a team of 40 researchers in 16 countries, she will undertake interviews and take part in producing the third volume of the official history of the European Commission, to be published in English, French and German.

Jonathan Robinson

I was completely overwhelmed when I found out my portfolio was judged to have been the best in the country

Jonathan Robinson

Prize for reporter's brilliant exam performance

A reporter who studied journalism at Sheffield has been honoured for "exceptional performance" in a major exam.

Jonathan Robinson, who graduated in 2013 with first class honours in BA Journalism Studies, was praised by examiners on the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) paper for the "strikingly clear but engaging" style of his work.

Now working for the North West Evening Mail, Jonathan is one of just four NQJ candidates nationally to receive prizes of £250 and a certificate of achievement.

He said: "I was completely overwhelmed when I found out my portfolio was judged to have been the best in the country. I thoroughly enjoy feature writing and delving into social issues deeper so I'm pleased the markers recognised my enthusiasm for this."


Martin tackles media and climate change

Professor Martin Conboy has presented at a conference in Italy examining issues around climate change and migration.

The University's Professor of Journalism History gave a keynote address on 'Discourses of Crisis', looking at the challenges thrown up by the way climate change is represented in the popular media.

The conference, titled Media Discourse(s): Adaptation, Resilience and Mobility in the Context of Climate-induced Migration, was hosted in March by the Department of Literary, Linguistic and Comparative Studies at the University of Naples L'Orientale.