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The Great Journalists Archive

This archive hosts a selection of fascinating and intriguing interviews conducted by Master’s students, enrolled on the ‘Great Journalists’ module, available to MA International Journalism, MA Political Communication and MA Journalism, Media and Communication degree programmes.

Each student selected an outstanding journalist from their own country, to interview about her/his own professional journalism work.

The ‘Great Journalists’ module explores the life and work of journalists whose engagement with political, economic and social issues has defined norms and standards of modern journalism.

Through the interview, students are required to demonstrate an ability to identify, describe, discuss and analyze work of journalists whose engagement with social reality carries the attributes of journalism excellence: the quality of writing, the rigour of reporting, relevance and originality.

The Interviews

Below are interviews, and where possible transcripts, held during the academic year. All interviews and transcripts are made available with the permission of the interviewee and interviewer. Those wishing to reference these texts should clearly indicate the source with an appropriate link back to these pages.


Xuan Niu’s interview with Chu Zhaoxin

Chinonye Ndeokwelu’s interview with Dele Olojede

Alicia Villegas’ interview with Claudi Pérez

Giulia Dessi’s interview with Fabrizio Gatti

Jun Shen’s interview with Chai Jing

Oda Gilleberg’s interview with Tomm Kristiansen


Wenwen Wang’s interview with Tong Qing’an

Carlos Del Romero Renau’s interview with José Miguel Calatayud

Cheng Xiaoshuang interview with Li Datong

Joanie Tobin’s interview with David Boeri

Laia Larousse's interview with Lluís Amiguet

Lubna Asfour’s interview with Rana Husseini

Sara Maranon’s interview with Felipe Sahagún

Torbjorn Brovold’s interview with Tonje Steinsland

Wen Zhang’s interview with Li Haipeng


Jisun Lee's interview with Sang-ho Lee + transcript

Sebastian Barrett's interview with Jeff Pearlman

Bradley Forder's interview with David Nakamura + transcript

Wei Zheng’s interview with Zhai Minglei

Sokol Balla’s interview with Enrico Mentana

Eoghan MacGuire's interview with Graham Spiers + transcript

Ana Correia Da Silva’s interview with Rafael Marques de Moraisa + transcript

Bea Ngalula Kabutakapua's interview with Joe Sacco

Angelos Skordas' interview with Yorgos Avgeropoulos

Diana Garrisi’s interview with Beppe Severgnini + transcript


During the course of each year the 'Great Journalists' module discusses articles written by outstanding reporters, war correspondents, investigative journalists and interviewers from different parts of the world. Examples of those discussed are listed below with links to further information contained outside of this site.

1. Ryszard Kapuściński

2. Seymour M. Hersh

3. Gunter Wallraff

4. Oriana Fallaci

5. Robert Fisk

6. Anna Politkovskaya

7. Philip Gourevitch

Journalism Awards

Below is a list of noteworthy journalism awards

The Pulitzer Prize

British Press Awards

The Walkley Awards


For further information about these interviews and the Great Journalists module please contact Dr Verica Rupar. Download the module outline here.