Former Trinity trainee Stephen Rigley to return after twenty years

Stephen Rigley News Editor, Sunday Express. Picture by Mark Kehoe 12/2/09






by David Mackie

Stephen Rigley, Leeds Trinity graduate and now acting deputy editor of the Sunday Express, will return to the university next week to talk to journalism trainees.

Stephen is a notable alumnus, being one of the very first cohort of Journalism post-graduates in 1996.

Stephen said: “I will talk about Trinity when I was there, the industry as it was when I started, followed by my views on the industry today. It will be quite personal.”

After graduating from Leeds Trinity in 1996, Stephen worked on a range of regional newspapers in the south of England before moving to Fleet Street. He has been news editor of the Sunday Express for eight years, and is currently acting Deputy Editor of the paper.

This is a challenging time for the industry, with falling newspaper circulations and strong competition from online news outlets such as HuffPost and BuzzFeed. Consequently, many commentators say that there is a real need for adaptation and evolution in the industry. This is creating difficulties, but also opportunities, for young journalists.

Journalism lecturer Rebecca Whittington, 33, said: “It’s going to be really interesting to hear from the deputy editor of a national title.

“I’m sure that Stephen’s insight into the media industry over the past twenty years will spark a lively discussion over what the future of news will look like.”

As well as being a journalist, Stephen is a big sports fan, with horse racing and Sheffield Wednesday FC his two big passions.


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