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Journalism trainers mark department’s relocation with new podcast

Polly RipponJournalism trainers have celebrated their move to a new headquarters by launching their own podcast.

Anna Jones and Polly Rippon, who teach in the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield, have teamed up with award-winning BBC podcaster Jenny Eells for ‘Journo Wave’.

The podcast is aimed at new students, returning students, university staff and anyone interested in the world of journalism.

Its launch comes after the department moved from Mappin Street, in Sheffield city centre, to its new home at The Wave, in the Broomhill area.

Polly, pictured, a former night editor at the Sheffield Star, told HTFP: “We felt as a journalism department which teaches podcasting, among other things, we should be making our own podcast.

“We work in a really innovative department and we wanted to use the podcast as a tool to promote our courses and give people an insight into what it’s like studying in the Journalism Studies Department at the University of Sheffield.

“We really hope that our students, parents, staff and those in the wider community enjoy listening and finding out more about what goes on at our brand new HQ, the research our staff are doing and how we teach the journalists of the future.”

In the first 30-minute episode the trio provide an introduction to the Journalism Studies department, while in the second episode, Jenny talked to Mary Mandefield, from The News Movement, and Xanthe Palmer, from Persephonica, who paid a visit to The Wave to talk to the students.

Polly and Anna also discussed legal issues surrounding the Russell Brand story. In future episodes the trio will meet the teachers, researchers and support staff at the department and help students understand how they can fit into – and develop – the journalism industry.

The monthly podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and most other major podcast platforms.