Author Archives: Lily Canter

About Lily Canter

Dr Lily Canter is a journalist, lecturer and journalism studies researcher. She is Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader for Journalism at Sheffield Hallam University where she teaches digital journalism, research methods and journalism issues. Her research interests include regional newspaper websites, online participatory journalism, social media and journalism training. Lily previously worked as a reporter and features editor in the regional press and continues to work as a freelance journalist. She is also festival chair and co-founder of short film festival Film Northants.

Standing at the career crossroads

Earlier this year I had a coffee with a former mentor who was encouraging me to apply for a research post at his institution. During the conversation he expressed that now was the time to consider my future career prospects … Read More »

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Graduate tips on securing that first job

  Each year at Sheffield Hallam University we invite journalism and media graduates back to the institution to give tips to our undergraduates on how to clinch their first job. The event occurred earlier this month and saw 25 graduates … Read More »

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I’m a job seeker. Find me a vacancy now.

New year, new start and plenty of people are on the lookout for a change of job, change of career or change of environment. ‘Surely all I need to do is sign up to the jobs.ac.uk email alerts?’, you tell … Read More »

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Blogging about staff development: a cautionary tale

Over the summer I returned to the newsroom after a five year hiatus to conduct what some academics refer to as ‘self managed time’. As a lecturer in journalism I feel it is important to keep up to date with … Read More »

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Applying for a lecturing post (and getting yourself an interview)

In recent weeks I have mentored colleagues applying for internal posts and this process has made me realise that filling in academic job applications is not as simple as it may first appear. At Sheffield Hallam University, where I am … Read More »

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Applying for a management position

Using my own experience following a recent job promotion I wanted to use this blog to give some advice on applying for a senior position in academia. Less than a year ago I was a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield … Read More »

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CV writing for every occasion

Let’s be honest, writing a CV is a boring but essential task that we all have to do. And although it is simply just a list of what we have done or achieved there is a certain skill to portraying … Read More »

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Becoming an associate lecturer

The question I often get asked by those outside higher education is how did you get casual lecturing work? The answer is – I asked nicely. From my experience most associate lectures never interviewed for their job but instead they … Read More »

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Commuting my way to course leader

Five years ago I had a full time job, pensionable salary and an integral role in the news room of a daily regional newspaper. Then I gave it all up. To become a student. Again. Today, as I sit on … Read More »

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