A print journalist by training, I spent more than 20 years working in provincial newspapers in and around Greater Manchester before going freelance and moving into teaching.
To help train the next generation of journalists to be ethical, imaginative, tenacious, resourceful members of the 4th estate - and have fun along the way
Always trust your instincts regarding a story. Never be afraid to push the boundaries as long as you act ethically as a journalist. And - most importantly - make sure you get your shorthand up to speed!
All my teaching is underpinned by my own experience as a journalist and my aim is to bring each subject alive and motivate students through use of examples from 'real life'
I graduated from Manchester Polytechnic in 1987 with a first class honours degree in social science.
I undertook a Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (NCTJ) at Lancashire Polytechnic in 1988 before moving into a career as a journalist. I gained my NCE (National Certificate Examination) in journalism in 1991.
I have undertaken a New To Teaching course at MMU and am a fellow of the HEA.
I specialise in teaching media law.
I am due to undertake a PhD by Practice looking at how immigrant communities, such as the Somali community, face challenges in accessing the media
I worked previously as an associate lecturer in journalism at MMU and have experience teaching at other higher education institutions. Prior to joining MMU I taught media law at News Associates in Manchester as part of the fast-track NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
I have also worked for many years as a tutor for an online journalism college accredited to the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists).
I have extensive experiences as a freelance journalist, principally as a writer and sub-editor for HOPE not hate, working on its bi-monthly magazine and producing copy for its series of national newspapers.
I spent more than 20 years in regional newspapers, principally with the MEN Media group in Manchester, starting off as a reporter and working my way up to editor of two weekly titles.
During my time with MEN Media, the papers I edited won several awards, including Best Front Page, Best Use of a Community Website, and twice runner-up in BNFL Weekly Paper of the Year
I am programme leader for the MA Journalism programme at MMU, which is accredited by the NCTJ, and have input at PL level to the BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism programme.
Journalism is an exciting career and these are exciting times for those wanting to pursue a reporting role in multimedia journalism. The MPs' expenses scandal, hackgate, the Leveson inquiry, the demise of the PCC, the rise (and rise) of social media and citizen journalism have all shaped our role as repoters in a way which would not have seemed possible just five years ago.
To be at the centre of this maelstorm of chance and contribute to it is an exciting prospect
Media Law and Regulation
Law and Ethics for Multimedia Journalists
Supervision of MA Multimedia Journalism student dissertations
I am engaged in a project with the Somali community in Manchester, helping members of SASCA - the Somali Adult Social Care Agency - produce a bilingual newspaper four times a year. Two editions of the paper - together with an accompanying website - have already been produced, with another paper planned for the spring of 2016.
Allied with this is my involvement with the Media Trust, the UK's leading charity training and mentoring members of minority commuities in media skills. Their current project is called Somali Voices, and is being rolled out to Manchester in Febraury 2016. MMU's journalism dept has been chosen as a partner by the Media Trust along with the BCC at Media City to deliver training and mentoring of members of the Somali community in Manchester.
Previous roles have included schools liaison co-ordinator, which involved visit days from high schools and going into high schools and sixth forms and collesge and tlaking about journakism and courses at MMU.
I am currently forging links with Reclaim Manchester, a youth leadership and social change programme, offering knowledge exhange in the form of media and journalism training to young people.
Sasca News - the bilingual newspaper established for the Somali community in Manchester and which I helped to set up - was nominated for an MMU Research and Knowledge Exchange award in 2015.
I was presented with a 'Sasca Hero' award by members of the Somali community for help in setting up Sasca News.
During my time as an editor within MEN Media papers I worked on received numerous awards, including Best Free local Newspaper.