Pete Leyden

Senior Lecturer + Editor , Liverpool John Moores University + Nantwich News

Pete is an award-winning digital and print journalist and has spent 30 years working as a news, sport and investigations reporter, editor and senior lecturer. He started as a news and sports reporter for Yorkshire weekly newspapers in 1992, moving to the North East where he spent six years as a news and investigations reporter as well as covering major sports during the Sir John Hall/Newcastle United era. He also worked as news/content editor at Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and C&N Group publications throughout the North of England. In 2009, he founded independent digital platform Nantwich News – one of the successful pioneers of the growing hyperlocal industry - and continues to run this. Pete is a Fellow of the HEA and has taught and supervised NCTJ and BJTC accredited students at BA and MA level for 19 years, starting at Salford University (2003-2007), before 11 years at Staffordshire University, and last four years at Liverpool John Moores University. He also created one of the first 'live' digital platforms embedded into core practical journalism teaching at HE level.