About Me

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Umar Hassan is a data journalist, specialising in technology, local news, and sport and a current MA Data Journalism student at Birmingham City University.

After doing his first degree at the university in BA (Hons) – Media and Communication (Journalism) in July 2017, Umar has been published in publications such as the Mirror Online, Express.co.uk, The Overtake, and others.

A member of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s “Bureau Local” network, Umar has recently worked on collaborative journalism projects relating to issues around voter power, council spending and council property. When it comes to a new beat, Umar is able to quickly learn and write about anything, whether that’s Gaelic games to motorsport.

He has also interviewed some of the biggest names in the world of sport, journalism, technology and politics, including Jim Rosenthal, Louise Goodman, Williams F1 Team, Petra Kvitova, Appian CEO Matt Calkins, Chris Dancy, Richard Burden MP and more.

Jim Rosenthal

Umar interviewing Jim Rosenthal in June 2019 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

When it comes to awards, Umar is no stranger to being recognised for his hard work. He has won a number of different awards which include:

  • Engaged Student of the Year Finalist – 2015 Birmingham City University Extra Mile Awards
  • Media Person of the Year Winner  – 2016 Team BCU Awards
  • Student Representative of the Year – Runner-Up – 2017 Birmingham City University Extra Mile Awards
  • The Team of the Year Winner with School of Media Level Up Mentors – 2017 Birmingham City University Extra Mile Awards
  • Vice Chancellor and Students’ Union President Award (Students) with School of Media Level Up Mentors – 2017 Birmingham City University Extra Mile Awards

Outside of journalism, you will find Umar listening to a mixture of different music, including The Cure, Suede, Thin Lizzy and more. Alongside his love of music, he is also a recovering runner and data visualisation fan who spends most of his time situated in his home office.

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