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Sports Journalism staff

daragh-brazilDaragh Minogue BA PgDip PhD

Daragh is the course leader. He has been running degree courses in media and journalism since 2001. His expertise is in politics, the history of journalism and the theory and practice of journalism.  He teaches Public Affairs & Critical Issues in Journalism.

Daragh also writes for various publications, now mostly on sporting issues. In the past, he has taught at the London School of Economics, Portsmouth University and Kingston University. He runs training seminars for journalists on ethics and consults for other journalism training courses in the UK.

He also runs public affairs workshops for trainee reporters for the National Council for the Training of Journalists.  

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james-toney-london-2012-torchbearerJames Toney

James is the Managing Editor at News Associates and author of Sports Journalism: The Inside Track (Boomsbury, 2012).

An award-winning journalist and regular contributor to TV and radio, he has been highly commended for his journalism by Sport England and the Sports Journalists Association. He has often been shortlisted in the Sports Journalist of the Year category (the industry 'Oscars'), organised by trade magazine Press Gazette.

James was integral to the development of the NCTJ's Sports Journalism qualification, launched in September 2007. In 2012, James was selected to be a torch bearer for the Olympic Games in recognition for his work in sport. At St Mary’s, James prepares students for their NCTJ Sports Journalism and Reporting exams. 

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Richard Parsons

Richard is the former Head of Journalism Training at News Associates and a former Editor of the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, the Uxbridge Gazette series and later, Editor in Chief of the Surrey Herald.  Richard has decades of experience in newspapers. A veteran of Fleet Street, he worked on the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express and PA News.

Richard has played a key role developing the NCTJ qualifications in sub-editing and sports journalism. In addition, he is a NCTJ news writing examination moderator, responsible for marking at all centres across the UK. Richard is also a qualified football referee.

Allyson-Purcell-DavisAllyson Purcell-Davis BA MA

A former broadcast journalist with the BBC and independent radio, Allyson teaches digital media production and photography. Allyson has recently completed her PhD at the School of Journalism in Cardiff. She trains our students in radio production, web design and digital photography.

Graham Moody

Graham Moody works with James Toney preparing our students for their NCTJ exams in sports journalism. Graham has worked in local and national newspapers covering a variety of roles from news to sport to leisure. His work has appeared in The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Daily Express.

He was a senior reporter on the Olympic News Service at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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Laurie Tucker (Guest Lecturer and Course Advisor)

Laurie Tucker is Day Editor at Sky Sports News. In recent years, he has played a leading role in their staff training programmes and works closely with the NCTJ advising them on their sports journalism curriculum.  He is also a national marker for the NCTJ sports journalism exams. At St Mary’s, Laurie runs Masterclasses on video production, broadcasting, media law and regulation as well as advising the programme on developing the curriculum.

Angela Catto

Angela teaches shorthand. A lecturer with 20 years’ experience and an impressive success rate of getting aspiring journalists to pass their 100-word per minute exam, she is a member of the NCTJ's Shorthand Council, where she plays an active role in developing the subject across all their training centres in the UK.

Simon Waldman (Guest lecturer)

Simon has 25 years experience working in BBC News. Simon teaches video production, broadcast journalism and mobile phone journalism

Julian Shea (Guest Lecturer)

Julian is a multi-media professional with a background in sports and news journalism (Sky News, BBC News, Sport Online, and Absolute Radio). Julian worked for BBC Sport for over 10 years and will be helping the students with their broadcast journalism projects and developing multimedia content for the Sports Gazette.

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Richard-MillsRichard Mills BA MA PhD

Richard lectures on the English, Creative Writing and Film & Screen Media undergraduate courses at St Mary’s, as well as the MA in Irish Studies. One of his many areas of interest is popular culture and journalism. Each year, Richard runs a Masterclass on sports writing, focusing on authors such as George Plimpton, Hunter Davies and Nick Hornby.  

Kim Salmons BA MA PGCHE PhD

Kim is a Learning Advisor at St Mary's and a former journalist. She worked for The Observer newspaper on the Arts Desk. Kim helps our students develop their writing and is available to help our international students write in the English language.  Her PhD is on 'The Representation of Food in Modern Literature: Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad'.

Julie Armstrong

Julie Armstrong teaches our students Media Law and Court Reporting. She has spent a decade working in the UK press, starting in her hometown newspaper in Cumbria. She went on to become a senior reporter for Newsquest, where she played an important role ensuring their journalism adhered to the Code of Practice.

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otis-matthieOtis Matthie

Working alongside Julian and Allyson, Otis trains our students in multimedia production, focusing on film and digital editing. Otis has over a decade of experience in video production and looks after our Media Studio.


Fallon Parker

Fallon works alongside our academic staff and journalists to support our students technical needs. Fallon helps manage the Media Studio and has played a key role in developing mobile phone journalism on the course.