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Personal profile

Academic Biography

Hannah McMahon is an experienced journalist having spent more than ten years working in the media communications industry. She currently works for the BBC alongside her role at Teesside University, and has fulfilled positions in public relations and journalism in both news and sport for the BBC and commercial sector.

With a background primarily in broadcasting, Hannah has produced and presented for the BBC and commercial radio, while reporting on stories of national and international significance.

Hannah graduated with a first class honours degree in Journalism, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Radio Journalism and then went on to complete a Masters degree in Journalism.

She has designed and delivered a course in TV and Radio Broadcasting at the University of Hull before joining Teesside University in 2015.

Summary of Research Interests

Current research interests include media convergence, news sources and the media's role in contributing to a community culture.

Recent research has focused on sports journalism and has explored some of the key influences affecting the sports news agenda, the relationships between journalists and press/PR officers, the role of a journalist in contributing to a community culture and the business influences of sport in the commercial sector.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

In combining teaching at the University with broadcasting for the BBC, Hannah maintains an active link with industry leaders, helping students make the transition from education to employment.

She is also a mentor in a scheme run by the BBC and Teesside University which involves supervising students in gaining experience in the workplace, and developing their skills and confidence to compete for vacancies.