NCTJ tutor awarded academic fellowship

The head of journalism at Brunel University’s two NCTJ-accredited courses has been awarded an academic fellowship by The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, based at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Dr Sarah Niblock is one of 14 academics from around the globe to be awarded the prestigious fellowship. According to Meg Spratt, director of the fellowship programme, it is awarded to journalism practitioner-academics who have “shown a passion and commitment for learning more about trauma and applying that knowledge to their journalism teaching.”.

Sarah, who has more than 20 years’ journalism experience and also a PhD in psychoanalysis, will undergo an intensive programme this summer, focused not only on teaching but also generating research about accurate, ethical, and sensitive coverage of tragedy.

Sarah’s journalism career began on the Birkenhead News in 1987, where she reported on the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 football fans lost their lives. She then worked for the Liverpool Echo, covering stories of national significance such as the killing of toddler James Bulger by two 10-year-olds. She has since written and broadcast for numerous national outlets.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been accepted, and very excited about forging groundbreaking teaching and research projects with global significance.”