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Dr Tom Bradshaw


I love the excitement of covering live events and rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in the sporting world. I specialise in using digital media to cover live sporting events, and I'm also really interested in sports journalism ethics. Chevron icon


As an award-winning multimedia sports journalist I’ve covered sports events all over Europe, working for titles across the globe.

As well as being a match commentator and pundit for BBC radio, I’ve covered sports fixtures for a variety of titles including The Times, Daily Express, The Guardian and The Rugby Paper as well as written sports pages for South African daily papers The Star in Johannesburg and the Daily News in Durban. I’ve written for numerous official matchday programmes at Twickenham and broken exclusive sports news stories for a range of media, including Radio 5 Live.


  • MA (Hons): Philosophy, Cambridge University, 2000
  • PG Dip, Print Journalism, University of Central Lancashire, 2001
  • PGCert: Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2015


Sports Journalist of the Year at EDF South West Media Awards 2010

Sports Journalist of the Year at EDF South West Media Awards 2011


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Rugby Union Writers’ Club

Teaching & Research


Tom teaches on modules involving: sports writing; live sports coverage; online journalism and blogging; history and ethics of sport; media law and ethics


Tom is currently researching a PhD on sports journalism ethics, focusing on self-censorship and 'clickbait'. He has written articles for The Conversation on censorship and media law.


More publications from Dr Tom Bradshaw can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

I combine running the BA Sports Journalism degree with a busy freelance schedule. Away from the university, I work for the BBC, national newspapers and a variety of sports titles both in print and online.

Subject for media interview

sports journalism; media ethics; censorship