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daragh-brazilDaragh Minogue

Daragh Minogue is Principal Lecturer and Course Leader in Sport Journalism at St Mary’s University. His current research focuses on identity, politics and the sports media. He contributes to the journalism training programme at Sky Sports News and has received commendations for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in journalism. His latest book, co-authored with Tom Bradshaw, Sports Journalism: The State of Play is published by Routledge

Dr Minogue launched the MA in Sports Journalism in 2010 in collaboration with News Associates and Sportsbeat. It was the first sports journalism course in the UK to be professionally accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Dr Minogue has over two decades of teaching experience in Higher Education. He gained a first class degree in Politics from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 and completed his PhD in contemporary Irish politics in 2000. He is currently an external examiner for the MA in Journalism at the University of Kingston and the BA in Journalism and Media at the University of Northumbria.

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Richard Lenton

Richard has over 20 years experience working as a sports journalist in newspapers, magazines and broadcasting. Most recently, Richard has been working for Eleven Sports Network and SingTel TV in Singapore. Richard presented live Premier League, FA Cup, European and international football on Eleven Sports. He hosted all 64 games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, 19 consecutive days of 2015 South East Asia Games coverage, and all 51 matches of Euro 2016. He won Best Sports Presenter at the Asian TV Awards in 2013 and 2015. Richard is now mostly working in the UK, freelancing for a range of national and OTT broadcasters, such as ITV and DAZN.

Neil Kingston

Neil is a graduate of the MA i Sports Journalism. A former JDF bursary recipient, Neil won funding from One World Media to produce his documentary on football in Mongolia, Hitchhiking to the Premier League, 2014. A skilled video journalist, Neil has worked in print, radio and television (for MailOnline, ISN TV and Wembley Stadium Radio). He is currently a senior digital producer at SNTV.   

Graham Moody                          

Graham has been a journalism and sports tutor at News Associates since September 2014. Prior to this, he worked in local and national newspapers covering a variety of roles from news to sport to leisure and his work has appeared in The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent and Daily Express. Graham was a senior reporter on the Olympic News Service at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

Richard Parsons

A former Editor of the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, the Uxbridge Gazette series and later Editor in Chief of the Surrey Herald, Informer and Leader series, Richard (aka RP) has also worked in Fleet Street on PA News, the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Express. Richard has played a key role on the NCTJ working parties that developed new 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. 

James Gray

James graduated from News Associates in 2014 and has since worked across a wide range of media. As a sports reporter for the Daily Express he covered a broad brief from being courtside at the Wimbledon final to within spitting distance of Anthony Joshua's world title-winning punch to almost losing a laptop to an errant David Luiz pass at Stamford Bridge. He has also worked as a freelance features writer and presented his own sports talk radio show.


James 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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Angela Cato

Angela teaches shorthand. A lecturer with over 20 years' experience with an impressive record getting aspiring journalist to pass their critical 100-word per minute exam, Angela sits as 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.

Julie Armstrong

Julie is a former Newsquest reporter, who now teaches for News Associates. She will be teaching Media Law and Court Reporting.

 Simon Waldman

Simon led BBC News teams in both radio and TV for more than twenty years. He edited all the main BBC One bulletins, helped launch Breakfast (Time and News) and Radio Five Live. He also produced the BBC News Channel's coverage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Since leaving the BBC last year, he has been teaching journalism students from London Metropolitan and Oregon Universities and running his own media training and consultancy business.

Richard-MillsRichard Mills

Richard lectures on the English, Creative Writing and Film & Screen Media undergraduate courses at St Mary's. One of his many areas of interest is popular culture and journalism. Each year, Richard runs a class on sports writing, focusing on authors such as George Plimpton, Hunter Davies and Nick Hornby and can supervise projects.

 Damian O'Byrne

Damian is a graduate of St Mary's University. He has since completed a Master's Degree in Digital Media at Goldsmith University and is a Senior Lecturer in Media Practice. This year, Damian will be some running some digital media workshops.