Brilliant University of Sussex trip to BBC, meeting top editors and watching BBC1’s One Show transmitted live.

NBH trip 1 May 2016

Twenty University of Sussex journalists from the MA and BA courses visited New Broadcasting House on Friday (27 May). They had a tour of world’s most famous media building with its state of the art studios. Then three top BBC editors took time to talk to the group – thanks to Nick Sutton, Hugh Pym and Diana Martin for giving their time up. The tour group then saw the Radio 4 News PM Show being broadcast. The final highlight was to be studio guests on the BBC1 One Show where presenter Gyles Brandreth joined Alex Jones to talk to Elaine Paige and Russell T Davies.

Shamim Parveez Zakaria, an MA International Journalism student, said: “Walking through the BBC studious, interacting with some of the great minds and experience the ambience of this news world was a life time opportunity”.

Cosmo Sanderson from MA Journalism said: “The building was really impressive and it was interesting hearing from some of the most senior BBC journalists.


The group would also like to thank the legendary BBC foreign correspondent Stuart Hughes for sponsoring the visit. Thanks also to John Mair and Professor Ivor Gaber for leading the tour.

Journalism Lead at Sussex, Dr Paul Lashmar, said: “At Sussex we want our journalism students to get every opportunity to engage with professional journalists and media organisations as we believe this helps our graduates to become even more employable.”


Sussex journalism MA wins award for excellence

Dr Paul Lashmar (second left) and Paula O’Shea receive the NCTJ’s 2015 Award for Excellence for the University of Sussex MA in Journalism, the “best performing HE postgraduate course”.

The national organisation that oversees the training of UK journalists has declared the University of Sussex’s MA in Journalism to be the “best performing HE postgraduate course for 2014-15”.

Dr Paul Lashmar, who leads the University’s growing journalism team, was at the Library of Birmingham on Thursday (26 November) to receive a 2015 Award for Excellence from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), which accredits the Sussex degree.

He was joined by Paula O’Shea, managing director of the University’s partner institution, Brighton Journalist Works (BJW), whose experienced journalists teach elements of the postgraduate MA course.

This hands-on training is framed within the academic and intellectual agenda delivered at Sussex – the highest-ranking university in the UK to offer an NCTJ-accredited qualification in journalism.

Dr Lashmar said: “This prestigious award shows we not only meet the rigorous standards that are required by the news industry but we are up there with the best. It is all about our students getting the jobs they want in journalism.

“This is a tribute to the University of Sussex relationship with Brighton Journalism Works.”

Sussex has a BA and four MAs in Journalism and the number of journalism students is increasing year on year, with 100 now on campus.

“There is a real demand for the best minds to be recruited into the media,” added Dr Lashmar. “Journalism is a developing subject at Sussex and we are committed to high-quality and radically questioning journalism.”


PL joins Journalism at Sussex University

I am delighted to say that on Thursday (1st Oct) I joined the University of Sussex as a Senior Lecturer in Journalism.

sussex_posterEverybody at the Falmer Campus has been extremely friendly and welcoming especially Prof Ivor Gaber who has organised a welcome buffet for me this weekend. Journalism is a developing subject at Sussex and I look forward to helping to create an exciting and dynamic environment for our students.

I already understand that the regional media are very supportive and I look forward to giving a talk to Brighton editors, NCTJ team at BJW and our students on Monday afternoon about my favorite subject – investigative journalism. I will miss the colleagues, students and alumni from Brunel many of whom I had developed good working relationships over the last six years.

But it was time to move on. Thanks for the bottle of Laphroaig. I wish my former colleagues Rachel Sharp and Jacquie Hughes the best of luck with their MA and PhD respectively.

Everyone knows where to find me and I am continuing to run my Facebook investigative page so can also be contacted through that. I’m looking to see some great journalism come out of Falmer

PL ‘s article in British Journalism Review

I have an article in the BJR “Spies in The Observer” which riffs off Stephen Dorril’s excellent paper on the 1968 Soviet release of MI6 documents.

Lashmar, P. (2015) “Spies at The Observer”, British Journalism Review, Vol. 26 No 3 September 2015, pp 60-65.

My article is not online yet but the reference can be found here.

Stephen Dorril – “Russia Accuses Fleet Street”: Journalists and MI6 during the Cold War. The International Journal of Press/Politics, April 2015 vol. 20 no. 2 204-227

PL has article on the intelligence lobby in The Conversation

The rise of an intelligence lobby threatens the rights of lawyers, journalists – and all of us

The conversation27 January 2015

A powerful intelligence lobby made up of former defence ministers, police chiefs and intelligence commissioners has emerged in British politics, determined to push for greater powers and resources for the police and intelligence agencies.

The attempt to pass a “Snooper’s Charter” via an amendment to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill as it passes through the House of Lords – the same provisions as the Communications Data Bill that were twice rejected by parliament – shows how keen they are to win greater powers before the general election. The old military-industrial complex is being replaced by a powerful political-intelligence technocracy.

Read the full article