I’ll be chairing a session on Investigative Journalism at the NCTJ Skills Conference

Journalism Skills Conference moves to Birmingham for 2015

30th July 2015

The 2015 NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference sessions will be hosted this year by the BBC in Birmingham, the heart of its Academy training operation as well as home to its news output for the West Midlands.

The two-day event will be held at The Mailbox, one of the BBC’s main UK centres, on 26 and 27 November. The venue has been described by Tony Hall as ‘the place to be if you’re interested in new skills and digital innovation’, and, with the BBC’s journalism apprentice schemes, community outreach teams and talent and skills development now based there, it provides the perfect backdrop for the conference.

As of this week I will be heading Journalism at University of Sussex.

After a few weeks of finding out how things work at Sussex, I will be taking over leading Journalism from Prof Ivor Gaber who has been acting head for some months. Ivor will now be able to concentrate on his main role as Professor of Research Journalism.

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Top investigative journalist joins Sussex journalism team

One of the UK’s foremost investigative journalists, Dr Paul Lashmar, has joined the University of Sussex to lead its growing journalism team.

Dr Lashmar, who is also a highly regarded academic, will be teaching on the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses.

“Journalism is a developing subject at Sussex and I look forward to helping to create an exciting and dynamic environment for our students,” says Dr Lashmar. “We are committed to high-quality and radically questioning journalism.”

He adds: “I bring the same enthusiasm for journalism that I had when I started out and hope to inspire our students to be the thinking, inquisitive and ethical journalists of the future. I already feel at home in Sussex’s unique learning environment.”

Dr Lashmar has worked in television, radio and print and published many major investigations. He has been on the staff of the Observer, Granada Television’s ‘World in Action’ current affairs series and the Independent. He has also produced television programmes for the BBC’s ‘Timewatch’ and Channel 4’s ‘Dispatches’ series and has reported for ‘Newsnight’. He covered the ‘War on Terror’ for the Independent on Sunday from 2001-08 and is the author of four books.

Professor Tim Jordan, the Head of the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex, says: “We are delighted that Paul has joined us, bringing a rare combination of world-leading research and excellence in journalism.

“We expect him to help us to continue build Sussex’s particular approach to journalism that combines leading research with practical journalism skills.”

Sussex has a BA and four MAs in Journalism and the number of journalism students is increasing year-on-year, with 80 now on campus.

“There is a real demand for the best minds to be recruited into the media,” says Dr Lashmar. “We will make sure our students have the opportunity to not only learn journalism skills but to develop the creativity that Sussex is famous for.”

Dr Lashmar joins from Brunel University, where he was subject lead in journalism.

In 1986 Dr Lashmar was awarded joint ‘Reporter of The Year’ by the British Press Awards. He has written about terrorism, intelligence, organised crime, offshore crime, business fraud and the Cold War and has broken many major domestic and international stories.

He is an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism and a founder of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism.

My part in Thatchergate

I stumbled over the National Archive documents on ‘Thatchergate’ online including the correspondence from No10 and found reference to my exclusive. Not seen it before.

This was way back around 1983 and a tape was released mysteriously that some thought was a copy of an intercepted international phone call between Reagan and Thatcher colluding over the Falklands. Others thought is was a KGB plant. It went worldwide and was dubbed Thatchergate. I was tipped that it was a fake made by the anarchist punk band Crass. I went off to their Essex – yes Essex – farmhouse and met with Penny Rimbaud and fellow anarchos. Continue reading

Musician Jerry Bird on Maiden Castle

Musician and writer Jerry Bird on Maiden Castle talking about evidence of pagan influences there in Roman Christian Times.

Recorded for the iSee heritage project in conjunction with Dorset County Museum and funded by Innovate UK. Filmed by Paul Lashmar  Click here