About Me


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Umar Hassan is a Data Journalist and Technical Writer who specialises in consumer and enterprise technology (data centres, emerging technology, cloud computing, data analytics and telecoms), local news and business. Umar used to previously cover sport for seven years before specialising in data journalism and technology.

A graduate from Birmingham City University in BA (Hons) – Media and Communication (Journalism) in July 2017, Umar has been published in national and international publications such as the Mirror Online, Express.co.uk, The Overtake, theCheckeredFlag.co.ukDatacenterDynamics and more.

His experience also extends to broadcast media, working with Sky UKITV News Central and most recently with HDY Agency, Computer Business Review, DESIblitz.com and BBC News Online.

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 patch, Umar is able to quickly learn and write about anything from 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. He also runs for Bournville Harriers while also attending hackathons, reading copious amounts of non-fiction and volunteering at his local parkrun on Saturday mornings.

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