Journalism that makes me aspire to be a better journalist

Absent from the Academy still 01, by Nathan Richards

When I decided I wanted to be a journalist the biggest attraction to me was having the chance to meet new people and tell stories about them. Heroic people, frightening people or maybe just ordinary people.

But somewhere along the way, I realised what has kept me at this for the relatively short period I’ve been doing this is because I want to change things.

I don’t need to tell you what’s wrong with the world – you can look outside your window or turn on the evening news for that. Journalism can change lives and if I can be involved in aiding that, even in some small way, then such a thing will make me smile.

While I’ve been satisfied with some of what I have achieved with my writing – occasionally helping people and telling the world about heroes of everyday life – I know there is more I could be doing.

Which brings me to this short film by journalist Nathan Richards. In ‘Absent from the Academy’ (watch it below), Richards explores why there is such a huge absence of black professors in UK higher education institutions.

The piece is challenging, though-provoking and throws light on an issue few people of any ethnicity think about today. Not everyone will agree with it. And that’s a good thing.

It is precisely the kind of journalism that I should be doing more of myself whenever possible. For now, this is an exceptional piece of journalism that deserves your time.

Image: Screenshot from ‘Absent from the Academy’, by Nathan Brown