Department of Journalism
Staffordshire University





Journalism team

Ian Bayley

Ian Bayley was Stoke City FC’s Media and Communications manager before joining Staffordshire University as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Sports Journalism.

Ian has also run his own media company and spent ten years at The Stoke Sentinel as a sports reporter and sub editor. He is also a well-respected freelance sport and news writer, working for national and regional press, local radio, BBC TV and ITV.


Peter Brookes

Peter Brookes is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism. His career spans more than 30 years in national and regional journalism in television, radio and newspapers. Before joining Staffordshire University, Peter was the Managing Director of Manchester United TV for almost eight years.

He guided the channel through some of the greatest moments in the club's history, including the famous treble-winning season of 1999/2000. Previously, Peter was News Editor at TV-am (the predecessor of GMTV), Central Television and Meridian Television. He is still involved in sports rights and broadcasting through his own media company.


Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman is an award-winning reporter who worked on some of the country’s top regional newspapers, including the Stoke Sentinel. Sarah was the Court Correspondent for the Liverpool Echo and covered stories from the biggest combined court centre in Europe.

She also wrote a guide to covering courts for would-be reporters called Covering Criminal Courts: A Survival Guide.

Sarah still delivers training to a range of organisations and works as a freelance journalist.


Jo Goodall

Jo Goodall is a specialist teacher of shorthand, highly commended by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).


Jackie Gregory

Jackie Gregory has worked as a reporter, features writer, chief sub-editor, production editor and weekend shifts as editor on the day, during two decades working in journalism. She has been involved in several newspaper redesigns and was responsible for the transition of a broadsheet newspaper into a tabloid format.

While chief sub-editor of Stoke-on-Trent’s Sentinel Sunday, the paper won six industry awards, including the Best Designed Newspaper in Europe. At Staffordshire University she teaches editing and design production for newspaper and magazines.


Sue Greenwood Sue Greenwood has worked in journalism and related industries for 23 years. She led the Hull Daily Mail’s e-media dept and also worked on the newsdesk at The Sentinel in Stoke, and as news editor of the Telegraph and Argus in Bradford. She also runs her own online user-generated publication.

Paul Gubbins

Dr Paul Gubbins specialises in journalism law. He worked as a journalist early in his career before teaching in higher education for 25 years. Much of his writing, both journalistic and creative, is in the international language of Esperanto.


Gary Hudson Gary Hudson teaches Broadcast Journalism and Sports Journalism. Formerly BBC TV’s Chief News Reporter in the Midlands, he has reported from around the world – including the first Gulf War. His other work includes football commentary on radio and sports reporting for ITV and Sky. He has also worked for the US network show Inside Edition, and produced live television debates. He is the co-author of The Broadcast Journalism Handbook (Pearson, 2007), and author of a chapter on sports broadcast journalism in Broadcast Journalism: a critical introduction (Routledge 2008).

Kate Lee

Kate Lee is one of the most experienced voice coaches working in the UK broadcasting industry. Over the past fifteen years she has coached hundreds of professional broadcasters, from the rising talent on their way up - to those familiar voices at the top of their profession.

With clients as diverse as, Channel 4 News, Talksport, Heart fm, ITN, dozens of independent local radio stations and BBC radio and television stations nationwide, Kate has a very good idea of what potential industry employers are looking for in their new recruits.

Kate is also a qualified teacher of voice and speech and was a professional actress for twenty years - so not only do students benefit from the advice of a voice expert, they also learn to apply the skills of the professional performer to their broadcast presentation.


Peter Leydon

Pete Leydon has been a print journalist for 16 years. He was an award-winning news and sports reporter in the North East, before spending six years as news editor on two evening newspapers in the North West. He continues to write as a freelance at both regional and national level.


Lawrie Madden Lawrie Madden is a former professional footballer with Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chesterfield before becoming a freelance journalist. Lawrie is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph, News of the World, Sky Sports, GMTV and the PFA website www.givemefootball.com.

Mitch Pryce Mitch Pryce is a seasoned broadcast journalist having worked on the last four FIFA World Cups for ITV Sport, three Rugby World Cups, UEFA Champions League and the Olympics. He was formerly Sports Editor with Central ITV and has produced many TV sports series including Goals Extra, Late Tackle, Soccer Heroes and Extra Time with Ron Atkinson. Mitch has also won two coveted Royal Television Society awards for best sports documentary. Away from the university he works as field producer for BBC’s Match of the Day. Mitch is award leader for sports journalism.

John Rafferty John Rafferty has more than 30 years experience in journalism and allied trades covering a wide range of specialist interests, including sport. He champions the reporter in practice, in his research and in his teaching focus.

Sarah Rowlands

Sarah Rowlands is Head of Journalism and runs the MA in Broadcast Journalism.

She is a highly successful programme maker, specialising in documentary/feature programmes for radio and television and has even produced Blue Peter. She has been making programmes for the BBC for over 30 years and won many national and international broadcasting awards including seven Sony Awards (The Oscars of British Radio) and has been named Medical Journalist of the Year three times.

Sarah has worked with most of the top names in broadcasting, including Michael Palin, Esther Rantzen, John Sergeant, Anna Ford, and Pete McCarthy. She continues to work for the BBC as a freelance and is co-author of The Broadcast Journalism Handbook with Gary Hudson. She is a member of the NCTJ Qualifications Board.

Dr Alan Russell Dr Alan Russell teaches Public Affairs. He is author of The Biotechnology Revolution: An International Perspective (Wheatsheaf, 1988) and co-editor (with John Vogler) of The International Politics of Biotechnology (Manchester U.P, 2000). Key areas of interest include Politics of the World Economy and International Organisation.

John Snowdon John Snowdon has worked as a press photographer for 30 years. His career began on weekly papers in Staffordshire, before joining the Express and Star in Wolverhampton. He then became Chief Photographer for News Team International in Birmingham.

From 1990 to the present day John has freelanced, including 6 years from 2000 to 2006 in Spain, working for the British and international press.

John has covered assignments as varied as celebrity shoots in Barbados and Morocco to major investigations for the News of the World, sports photography and projects for various commercial clients.

Mick Temple

Professor Mick Temple specialises in political journalism. He has published extensively on many areas of British politics, the media and political theory in academic journals, newspapers and magazines. His books include ‘The British Press’ (OUP, 2008), a biography of Tony Blair, ‘Blair’ (Haus, 2006) and ‘How Britain Works: From Ideology to Output Politics’ (Macmillan, 2000).

He also broadcasts regularly on current affairs, and was BBC television’s election night analyst for the West Midlands at the 2005 general election. He is the elected Chair of the Association for Journalism Education, which represents the interests of university Journalism departments.