James Hagan: Reveals how he became a successful journalist

He is an experienced writer who loves to explore the world, a passionate political conversationalists and a true-football bystander. James Hagan is a full-package journalist who’s not afraid of a challenge.

James Hagan in his office at Univeristy of Central Lancashire.

In 1995, James got a degree in literature, media and cultural studies at John’s Moore University. The same year he decided to take his qualifications a step further. He started a postgraduate degree in newspaper journalism at University of Central Lancashire.

“I chose Uclan because at the time it was one of main journalist centers in terms of qualifying. Uclan was one of the best-known journalism schools.”

James worked for numerous of organisations including; BBC, Liverpool Echo, Daily Express and many more. He covered various news stories and interview variety of people which resulted in long shifts and less time for a social life.

“It is challenging. The BBC has a long 10-hour shift. Daily star used to do on a Friday 10–12 hours shifts. If it’s a good day and interesting news day it often doesn’t feel like work you are just interested in the stuff anyway because that’s why you became a journalist.”

James is skilled to cover anything he faces, whether it’s a complex news story, a political debate or a thrilling sport event, he makes his stories newsworthy.

“I covered local politics and national politics. I think politics is a bit of a sport at times, when they up against each other it’s a bit like boxing match; when they compete against each other.”

James alleged that an interview can turn into a life-time memory when you get a chance to speak to your idol. A career in journalism gave James an unforgettable opportunity to speak to a former Scottish-footballer, Kenny Dalglish, who he “idolise.”

Hagan prefers to watch a ‘beautiful game’ as a football fan rather than as a sport-corresponder.

“I decided that predominantly I would like to do sport journalism but I have ended up doing more news journalism in my career. I enjoying being a football fan rather than being a working journalist covering football. I decided to concentrate more on news but I have done loads of sport as well.”

In 2015, James decided to return to University of Central Lancashire as a tutor to share his expertise with a future generation of journalists.

“I don’t see myself as a lecture. I see myself as someone who can give information on how you do the job.”

After 18 years of experience, James always tell his student; “You should class yourself as a journalist when you are a student but the real work stars when you start working.”

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