Staff profile

Suzanne Nelson

Lecturer in Journalism

Suzanne Nelson is a Lecturer in Journalism




College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



Before joining the University of Derby, I worked in the regional news industry for 18 years and have experience in both newspaper and online. I began my career as a news reporter, progressing into a news editor role in which I was responsible for setting the news agenda for both print and online and training journalists.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach mainly on the BA (Hons) Journalism programme, specialising in print and online journalism, as well as work-based learning and media law, regulation and ethics.


Experience in industry

I started my career as a News Reporter on a weekly newspaper in East Lancashire, The Rossendale Free Press, before moving to the Midlands to work at the Burton Mail as Deputy Chief Reporter.

I then spent 15 years at the Derby Telegraph, including 13 years on the Newsdesk, managing the busy and fast-paced newsroom and setting the news agenda. During this time, I was part of the switch from print to online and I have experience in sourcing, producing and sub-editing content for newspapers, websites and social media. I also launched and edited the Derby Telegraph's weekly leisure and lifestyle supplement,'Weekend', and was responsible for training and mentoring reporters.