Umar Hassan is a Digital Journalist, who specialises in covering sports, such as Gaelic games, motorsport, rugby union, boxing and snooker, as well as technology and data journalism.
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.uk, and more.
Umar runs Snooker Data Junkie, a project dedicated to using snooker data to tell stories that go unnoticed in the mainstream sports media.
His experience also extends to broadcast media, working with Sky UK, ITV 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.
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 rock ‘n roll, running with his club Bournville Harriers, attending hackathons and volunteering at his local parkrun. He’s also obsessed with sport, in particular motorsport, snooker, darts and rugby union.