I'm a radio journalist by background and worked at BBC World Service News and Current Affairs for about 15 years. I studied Russian at university so I found myself working all over the Former Soviet Union, including a year in Tashkent. As well as World Service, I've worked at BBC Scotland, 5Live and the BBC's political unit. I've also made features for Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
These days, my interests are in digital and data journalism and the growing need for journalists to have good tech skills.
When I'm not working, I'm cycling or running - or, more often, recovering from sports injury.
Journalism is a wonderful career which can take you in so many unpredictable directions. It's changing rapidly and that makes it an exciting time to be teaching the skills the next generation of journalists are going to need. There are jobs opening up for journalists now that didn't even exist when I left the BBC. That's the challenge for those of us teaching journalism and it's a challenge I really enjoy.
I believe we all learn best when we're doing. So my classess are interactive with an emphasis on the students doing things rather than just listening. I also believe that learning is a social process so there will be lots of collaborative working in small groups.
MSc Education with Technology (Edinburgh Napier University)
PG Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Salford)
BA (Hons) Russian (University of Sheffield)
BBC World Service
Some French and Spanish
LJ. Hannaford (2017). Motivation in group assessment: a phenomenological approach to post-graduate group assessment. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 42(5), pp.823-836.
L. Hannaford (2015). computational journalism in the UK newsroom. Journalism Education. 4(1), pp.6-21.
C. Nerantzi, L. Hannaford (2016). Flipping the classroom using teams. A case study from Academic Development (in: Teaching with Team Projects in Higher Education). In: Teaching with Team Projects in Higher Education. Informing Science Press,
LJ. Hannaford (2015). Recalculating the newsroom: The rise of the journo-coder?. In: Data Journalism: Inside the Global Future. Abramis,
LJ. Hannaford (2013). Recalculating the Newsroom: the Rise of the Journo-Coder?. In: Data Journalism: Mapping the Future. Abramis academic publishing,
In September 2014, I launched the Manchester chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a global grassroots movement bringing together journalists and technologists to rethink the future of media.