Outlook is healthy for Journalism Week

Katie Baldwin pic by Tom Swain

by Tom Swain

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s health reporter will appear at Leeds Trinity University’s annual Journalism Week to talk to students about specialist reporting and working in print media.

Katie Baldwin, health reporter for the YEP, will be speaking on Tuesday afternoon as part of Journalism Week.

Miss Baldwin has been with the Yorkshire Evening Post since 2004, becoming the paper’s health reporter in 2006.

She began her career in regional newspapers at the Halifax Courier in 2000 before moving to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus in 2002, where she became a senior reporter.

Miss Baldwin has been involved with various health-based campaigns during her career, taking over a campaign to raise £1m for cancer research when she started at the Telegraph & Argus.

Since being at the Yorkshire Evening Post, she has led the paper’s campaign to keep Leeds children’s heart surgery unit open, taking the cause to Downing Street to challenge the Prime Minister.

Lisa Bradley, senior lecturer in print and online journalism at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Sometimes reporting on health sounds very dull, but Katie will be showing how diverse these specialisms can be.”

She added: “She will explain how to broaden out a specialism to be relevant to everyone, and how exciting they can be.”

This year’s Journalism Week will be the fifth held by Leeds Trinity.

The aim is to give students a chance to learn from industry professionals, whilst themselves producing up-to-date news on developments throughout the week.

Ms Bradley said: “What I enjoy most about Journalism Week is the chance to run an actual newsroom with the students. They’ll experience everything, including the energy and excitement.”

“This year has a sport focus, which is great because we’ve got a lot of aspiring sports journalists on our undergraduate programme, so it gives them a great opportunity to learn.”

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