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.
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.