Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication











Anna Doble: Channel 4 News

Anna Doble leads the online team at Channel 4 News, working closely with TV colleagues in the foreign, home and independent film units. She steers day-to-day news coverage including video content, live-streaming, blogs and social media as well as longer-term cross-platform investigative projects such as ‘No Go Britain’, which has won three innovation awards including an RTS. Anna led the relaunch of the website which saw channel4.com/news become the first UK TV news site to adopt a responsive design. In summer 2013 her team won five Online Media Awards, including ‘Best Overall Website’ and ‘Best use of Social Media’, plus an Amnesty International Media award. She was also named in journalism.co.uk’s list of 50 female digital innovators and listed in the Hospital Club 100 media innovators. Anna also blogs on music and culture. Follow @annadoble on Twitter.

Fergus Bell: Social Media and UGC editor (international), Associated Press

Fergus, a graduate in Broadcast Journalism, joined the Associated Press (AP) six years ago as a news assistant on the television news desk in London and worked his way up to senior producer. Since April 2011 he has focused on social media news gathering. He has used social media to aid AP’s news gathering operations and source user-generated content (UGC) during the Arab Spring, the shootings in Norway in 2011 and the Japanese earthquake. Bell recently was named a winner of AP’s highest staff honour, a $10,000 ‘Oliver S. Gramling Achievement Award’, for his pioneering work in the area of UGC.

Ellie Henman: Closer magazine

Following her graduation, Ellie worked full time in a bar before managing to get an unpaid seven-month internship in Parliament working as a Diary Secretary and Communication Strategist. She funded the role with part-time work and gathered some very useful experience. Following the internship and after an interim step trying out an MA at Goldsmith’s College, Ellie applied to take part in ITV’s reality show ‘The Exclusives’, a search for a new generation of high-flying journalists. She was accepted and won the competition, securing a year long traineeship with Bauer Media. So far she has worked for Heat and More magazines and is currently working at Closer magazine. She freelances for Heat and More at night and at the weekends.

Amy Lea: BBC Look North, Newcastle

Amy graduated from Leeds University in 2007 and got her first ‘big break’ as a radio journalist at Sun FM in Sunderland. In March 2008 she left to start working ‘over the river’ at Real and Smooth Radio in Gateshead – a regional station covering the whole North East. In 2009 she visited Iraq and Afghanistan for exclusive reporting on the front line with British Troops. She also helped to organise and report on the impact of injuries on British Troops with a special ‘Help For Heroes’ Day, which raised over a quarter of a million pounds for the charity. She became the breakfast newsreader on Smooth Radio and in March 2010 she joined BBC Tees in Middlesbrough. In October 2010 she became the Saturday Breakfast show presenter and presented special shows for the Royal Wedding and the Queens Jubilee. At the beginning of last year Amy joined BBC Channel Islands News for three months, where she learnt to film edit and report for TV. She is currently working as a TV reporter for BBC Look North in Newcastle.

David Atkinson: Travel Writer

David is a freelance travel writer, blogger for hire and part-time lecturer in multimedia journalism. He writes freelance for national newspapers, magazines and websites covering travel, family and education. Recent stories include taking his two young daughters on a Barbie cruise (read more at atkinsondavid.co.uk/all-aboard-the-barbie-cruise). He also works as a Guest Blogger and Copywriter for international tourist boards and travel companies. Recent projects include brochure copy for Marketing Manchester, brochure articles for the National Forest and writing a series of guest blog posts for the official website for the Dylan Thomas centenary in 2014. Read more at atkinsondavid.co.uk/blogging-the-dylan-thomas-centenary.

Alice Salfield: BBC

Alice is a Broadcast Journalist at BBC London Television news where she produces and occasionally reports. In the last year, she has worked on the Woolwich attack, Nelson Mandela’s death and the birth of the Royal baby. Prior to this she worked at the Guardian as a Video Producer, producing, filming, voicing and editing national and international news. Whilst at the Guardian, Alice produced content on the phone-hacking scandal, the US elections and a number of political profile documentaries. She studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds, where she was also head of LSTV, the student television station.

Natalie Whelan

Natalie graduated from the Broadcast Journalism programme in 2008. She worked on 5 News for over two years, planning, developing and producing entertainment interviews and reports, including locations and contributors. She worked as a producer in the field both in the UK and abroad to co-ordinate crews for VTs and live presentation. In Autumn 2009, she was appointed the entertainment producer for ‘Live From Studio Five’, a new magazine programme providing daily live showbiz guests and pre-recorded interviews. For the past year, she has been Entertainment Producer for 5 News, working alongside the programme teams on 5 News and OK! TV to decide which entertainment stories would fit the agenda on that day’s show. She has field produced live OB’s in the UK and overseas at events including film premieres, the Cannes film festival, awards ceremonies and music festivals for both OK! TV and 5 News.

Emma Glasbey: Broadcast Journalist, BBC Look North

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Broadcast Journalism Emma spent 6 months working as the breakfast newsreader at Kix 96.2fm in Coventry (now Touch FM). Emma always hoped to move back to Leeds and in January 2003 she was given a Reporter/Newsreader job at Radio Aire and Magic 828. After three and a half years at Radio Aire, Emma left to join BBC Radio Leeds as a Reporter, Producer and Newsreader. In January 2008, she crossed the newsroom to join BBC Look North, Yorkshire as a Broadcast Journalist. She now works there as a video journalist, one of the busiest roles you can get!

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