Staff profile

Sarah Chapman

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

Sarah Chapman




College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I worked as a news reporter for many years before specialising in crime and court. I also worked as a police press officer before becoming a senior lecturer.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach mainly on the BA (Hons) Journalism programme, specialising in print and online Journalism.

I lead the following modules: Introduction to Journalism, Reporting Reality, Professional Development in Journalism and Law, Regulation and Ethics.

Professional interests

I am interested in equality, diversity and inclusion and how we can make newsrooms more diverse workplaces. I am passionate about inclusive practice, both in teaching and in journalism.

I am a member of the University of Derby's LGBT+ Allies Network, the Gender Equality Network and the Race Equality Network.


Research interests

My research focuses on how we as professional journalists are affected by covering traumatic news events and how we can make cultural, inclusive change happen in the newsroom. It focuses on creating supportive and resilient workplaces.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I worked as a journalist on a range of regional newspapers across the country before becoming a court reporter for the Liverpool Echo – covering stories from the biggest combined court centre in Europe.

I then worked for four years as a Senior Press Officer for Greater Manchester Police.

I trained senior leaders and detectives in media awareness and still do for public sector clients. In 2013, I delivered a highly-commended media training course for senior firefighters at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service during a major programme of change.