Award-winning journalist returns to DMU to give masterclass


An award-winning journalist returned to his former training centre to give today’s budding newshounds a masterclass in digital techniques.

Paul Lynch is now one of the top journalists at the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, having earned his professional NCTJ qualifications while studying at De Montfort University’s Leicester Centre for Journalism.

Earlier in 2016, he was awarded the accolade Weekly Journalist of the Year by Johnston Press, one of the largest regional newspaper publishers in Britain.

He was invited back to run a series of masterclasses for DMU’s first, second and third year journalism undergraduates, to give them a flavour of life in the modern digital newsroom.

WATCH: Paul explains how digital technology can be used in the newsroom.


Second year student Harry Rogers.

Paul talked through how a reporter tells stories in different ways, not only in print newspapers and on news websites, but also by using social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

He showed a range of examples from his own newsroom, including how he recently spotted on social media a photo of the Manchester United football team training in a hotel car park near Northampton.

Students were given a taste of how analytics are used to shape the work done by digital journalists and some were also sent out to produce Facebook Live broadcasts on the Leicestershire Press page.

Second year Journalism student Chloe Hewitt said: “We learnt about the importance of digital media and how we can implement these videos and such into our stories, using these different techniques to expand our journalistic skills.”

Breaking the mould: American music journalist visits De Montfort University

By Harry Rogers


jordannah-elizabethAn American music journalist visited De Montfort University to talk about diversity within the industry.

Jordannah Elizabeth, 30, spent an hour last week with journalism students to talk about her life, knowledge and the lack of diversity within the industry to inspire the youngsters.

Lecture organiser Andy Plaice said: “We were delighted to welcome Jordannah to the university as part of a European series of speaking engagements.

“Her work as a young journalist asks important questions about who should be writing about music and what they might say, and will hopefully prove an inspiration to some of our students.”

Miss Elizabeth, who has written for Vice, LA Weekly and Village Voice among other publications, spoke of struggles that she faced when she entered the industry and how “breaking the mould” allowed her to peruse her passion.

In one article for LA Weekly addressing the lack of black music journalists in the USA, she wrote: “There is a quiet loneliness and private confusion that comes with walking through one’s career virtually alone, covering corners of the music industry…where black artists and writers are few and far between.”

Students were given the chance to ask questions after the speech where the American gave advice on how to get noticed online.

She added: “Give your work style and imagination.”

You can read Jordannah’s piece for LA Weekly here:

UPDATE: Witness appeal for Castle Donington collision

UPDATE: The Astra driver involved in this injury died in the hospital on Tuesday morning, October 25.

The driver of the Astra, Ross Spencer, 17, of Castle Donington, sustained serious injuries and subsequently died in hospital. The driver and passenger in the Jeep were not injured.

By Mollie Mansfield

Police are asking that witnesses of a collision to Castle Donington to step forward if they have any information.

The collision happened at around 5.55pm on Saturday, October 22, on Hill Top in Castle Donington.

Police are calling this collision “serious”, however only one passenger sustained injuries.

The collision, which took place about 250m north of the Hill Top junction within the A453, involved a red Vauxhall Astra and black Jeep Commander.

The Astra was travelling south along Hill Top towards the A453, whilst the black Jeep Commander was travelling in the opposite direction.

The Astra driver is currently still in Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham being treated for serious injuries.

Police are asking witnesses of the collision, and those who saw either vehicle beforehand, to contact Detective Constable Pete Davies on 101, quoting incident 617 of 22 October.