Darts – student newspaper days

Having recently moved, I was looking through cardboard boxes full of “loft stuff” and came across all the old copies of the student newspaper I used to work on.

Long since relegated to the “dead pool”, Darts was the student ‘rag’ for Sheffield University and, in its time, was a hotbed for budding journalists. One year I worked on it, we won a Guardian Student Media award and one of our crew was the Student Journalist of the Year.

I often wonder if there’s a percentage of student journalists who continue their careers in the media – all I can say is that there were a good number of the people I worked with who carried it on.

– David Prosser is now the Independent’s money editor

– Kate Finnigan is a successful journalist, who has written for the likes of Elle and The Guardian over the years and is currently working at The Times

– Rachel Newsome won the Student Newspaper Journalist of the Year award and went on to edit Dazed & Confused magazine

– Lucie Cave is now the Features Editor at heat magazine

– Lech Mintowt-Czyz is now a journalist at The Times, having previously worked for The Daily Mail and Evening Standard.

– Rachael Garnett became News Editor on daily regional newspapers, such as the Bournemouth Daily Echo

– Katharine Hassell entered magazine journalism and currently works on women’s magazines at IPC Media

– I do the odd bit, but then you probably knew that already!

There are probably more, who I have forgotten, but that’s a pretty good hit rate from just a couple of years.

4 thoughts on “Darts – student newspaper days

  1. I wrote for Darts during the year I spent in Sheffield, 1980-81 and recall going down to London for the Guardian Student Awards. I remember that James Cameron – one of the greatest post-war British correspondents — who was still writing for the Guardian, brought us all a drink.

    I can remember faces of fellow reporters clearly, but names are a bit fuzzy…Glen, Phil (Sutcliffe?) Cathy, Helen (Brabbs?). I left Sheffield to transfer to Nottingham where, as editor of the student paper there, the wonderfully named Bias, was again at the Guardian Awards a couple of years later, picking up one of the student journalist of the year prizes. That year it was Guardian editor, Peter Preston’s turn to stand us all a drink!

    • Hi Nick,
      Yes – Helen Brabbs was my name…now, amongst other things I paint a little. Thoroughly enjoyed my time on Darts – highlights included interviewing John Cooper Clark in his less lucid days. I still keep in touch with a few people, including Cathy, Glyn and Mark.
      My trip to Hamleys toy store as a representative of a “games” publication was probably a mistake (on their part).

  2. Hi Rob,

    I worked at DARTS while there as student in 96/97, and I was just thinking about the many people who I worked with still in the media.. Journalists – Kevin Peachey, Dylan Jane, Sean Ingle, Photographers – Simon Roberts, Ben Curtis. happy days!


  3. I was an avid reader of Darts 1976-79 – and I’d like to be able to browse issues of that period online. Do you know if any have been scanned and made available?

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