Paul Hassall

Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism

Paul joined the University of Chester at the start of 2012. He is a member of the FWA (Football Writers' Association) who continues to work across multiple platforms as a freelance sports writer. A senior lecturer with a BA Honours Degree in English and a Master's Degree in TV Production, Paul has industry qualifications from Trinity Mirror's highly-respected in-house journalism programme and is also a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Overview

Paul is an experienced journalist who currently contributes to a number of national and international titles including Eurosport UK, the Daily Mirror and World Soccer magazine. He has been extensively published in FourFourTwo magazine and the Star on Sunday newspaper. He has also been involved with the Independent, the Sunday Express and Goal.com

Prior to his move into Higher Education, Paul spent several years working on Liverpool Football Club’s official website and TV channel. His role involved covering matches home and abroad, attending press conferences, interviewing players and management for both web & TV, as well as planning and developing content for anniversary-themed weeks & features.

He has vast experience working in newspapers, TV, online journalism and magazines and has a secured an impressive list of exclusive interviews with some of the biggest names in the football world.

He started out with Newsquest News Group and then enjoyed a spell at the Chester Chronicle before taking up a role at Sport Media, the specialist magazine and book publishing arm of Trinity Mirror. Here he wrote for both Liverpool FC and Everton FC, contributing to LFC magazine, The Evertonian and both clubs' matchday programmes.

He also has credits on the Kop annual, The Real Bob Paisley and authored several souvenir specials including Fowler, Carra, Everton's Greatest Goalscorers, From Toshack to Torres, 30 years of European champions and Blues back in Europe.

Paul was then headhunted to take up the position at Liverpool FC's digital media department.

He has bylines in various formats on some of the biggest events on the sporting calendar including; the football World Cup, the Olympics, several Champions League finals and a number of Grand Slam tennis tournaments.

In late 2012 he ghost-wrote former Liverpool and England defender Rob Jones's autobiography, Robbed: My Liverpool life - the Rob Jones Story.

Paul is also a keen traveller having inter-railed around Europe following his first degree but still regards his week-long adventures in getting to Istanbul for the 2005 Champions League final as his finest odyssey to-date.

Teaching

Paul has taught across the University’s journalism programmes but primarily focuses on sport. He leads the Sports Writing module and the final year Sports Media Project. He has strong contacts throughout the industry with guests including Liverpool FC MD Ian Ayre, former Warrington Wolves chief executive, Andy Gatcliffe and ex-England international footballer, Rob Jones.During Paul’s time at Liverpool FC he worked with the Academy's Education & Welfare team to promote media awareness and assist with interview practice for the club's stars of the future.

Research

Paul's research interests focus on the manipulation of news by in-house media in the sporting world, the influence of business on sport and the impact of social media on match reporting.

Published work

Some more examples of Paul's work can be viewed online:

Exclusives

Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher in conversation  http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/when-carra-met-gerra

Last-gasp drama of Liverpool v Arsenal '89 title decider remembered http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenals-1989-hero-michael-thomas-3121940

Dirk Kuyt reacts to Luis Suarez bite-ban http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2013/04/25/3929445/kuyt-distraught-suarez-made-a-mistake-but-he-wont-leave

Frank de Boer on Luis Suarez future  http://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/de-boer-arsenal-perfect-fit-suarez

Daniel Sturridge exclusive  http://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/sturridge-salutes-sgt-rodgers-chelsea-rescue-mission

On-the-whistle match reports

Euro 2016 final: Portugal stun hosts France  http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/euro-2016/2016/portugal-v-france-preview-france-dream-of-more-home-glory-portugal-get-their-pepe-back_sto5681135/story.shtml

2016 Champions League final: Real beat Atletico after shoot-out drama  http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/champions-league/2015-2016/real-madrid-win-11th-title-after-beating-atletico-in-shootout-drama_sto5606494/story.shtml

Olympics: Neymar wins gold for Brazil  http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/rio/2016/brazil-v-germany-olympic-final-live_sto5732079/story.shtml

Considered match reports and colour pieces

Leicester City crowned fairytale champions   http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/leicester-lift-the-premier-league-trophy-a-triumph-to-touch-the-hearts-and-souls-of-all-sports-fans_sto5563895/story.shtml

City make Guardiola sweat on Champions League qualification  http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/fate-that-awaits-guardiola-will-liven-up-premier-league-finale_sto5565564/story.shtml

Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund    http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/europa-league/2015-2016/klopp-delivers-final-proof-that-he-s-taking-liverpool-back-to-greatness_sto5440492/story.shtml

United-City the stalled duopoly in need of a revamp  http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/united-city-the-stalled-duopoly-in-need-of-a-revamp_sto5327288/story.shtml

Mourinho should call the doctor to stave off third-season syndrome   http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/jose-mourinho-should-call-the-doctor-to-stave-off-third-season-syndrome_sto4860422/story.shtml

Everton 2-0 QPR: Redknapp hits out at star flops  http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/everton-2-0-qpr-harry-redknapp-1832417

Burnley shock Saints http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/burnley-keeper-tom-heatons-penalty-taker-4811056

Joey Barton blasts teammates  http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/joey-barton-blasts-qpr-team-mates-5087048

Authored publications

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Hassall/e/B0034NOV5K