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 and modules such as Introduction to Journalism and Law, Regulation and Ethics.

Professional interests

I am interested in how journalistic writing has changed since the digital revolution and work closely with Reach Plc's digital development unit as part of my teaching.

Research interests

My research focuses on how regional newspapers have adapted their content since their businesses have changed due to the constant changes in technology. 

I am also interested in how we as professional journalists are affected by covering traumatic news events.

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.