Public Interest News Journalists: 19: Amardeep Bassey

Regular followers of local journalism in theUK will be familiar with the name Amardeep Bassey.

His investigations and stories for titles such as the Sunday Mercury have been making headlines for over 20 years, proving time and again that news of national importance can come from the regional press.

More recently, Amardeep was the first Birmingham correspondent for HuffPost, as part of the website’s push be to less London-centric.

Since then, Amardeep has continued to work as freelance investigative journalist, and was part of the team which reported on fashion factories in Leicester which were supplying big-name retailers, but, it was claimed, were paying as little as £3.50 an hour.

Nominations for Amardeep came from journalists who had recently taken part in training courses he had provided for Reach.

The courses, held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, focused on reporting on race and helping reporters across the country work on ways to better cover issues affecting a wider range of communities.

“Amardeep is the best sort of person to learn from. He knows how we work so knows what we’re getting wrong, but also shows us how to get it right.

“When you look at his stories, you can’t help but want to be inspired, and want do do better as a result.”

He is also a visiting lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester.

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