Staff profile

Niall Hickman

Lecturer in Journalism




College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I worked as a news reporter and news editor at ITV and Sky television before working abroad in New York. I was then a sports reporter for the Daily Mail and Daily Express before moving into academia.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach the BA (Hons) Specialist Sports Journalism degree course which is centrted around both print and online journalism. The modules are in general sports reporting and the reporting of live events.

Professional interests

I am interested in how the world of sports reporting has altered due to the rise of social media and my specialist subjects are boxing, football, rugby and golf.

Research interests

My research interests are the way in which sports reporting is taught in higher education and I have produced a body of work assessing the various sports journalism courses in the UK.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

British Boxing Writers' Association member

British Golf Writers' Association member


Ba (Hons) in Politics - University of Essex

Diploma in Journalism - Westminster Press

PGCHE - University of Derby   

Recent conferences

National Council for the Training of Journalists Skills Conference

European Championships Glasgow - Media skills

Experience in industry

I worked for a range of local newspapers, before becoming news editor at ITV's London Tonight programme, and assistant news editor at Sky Sports. I then become a sports reporter for the Daily Mail, then sports journalist for the Daily Express, where I was also boxing correspondent.

International experience

Reporter - Fox News - New York, USA