My office door at Sheffield Hallam University

Five years ago I had a full time job, pensionable salary and an integral role in the news room of a daily regional newspaper. Then I gave it all up. To become a student. Again.

Today, as I sit on my commuter train from Market Harborough to Sheffield, I am planning for revalidation, prepping a meeting with the external examiner and revamping an online journalism module. My role as course leader of the BA Journalism degree at Sheffield Hallam University is worlds apart from my job as features editor at the Northampton Chronicle & Echo. And perhaps surprisingly, it took less time to achieve a role of responsibility in academia than it did in the newsroom…

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