Josh Hollis

BBC Journalism Trainee for 2014, with placements across online (Visual Journalism Unit), radio (The World at One) and television (24 Hour News Channel).

I have a keen interest in everything multimedia, with newsroom and online experience including editorial and reporting roles across a variety of publications and subjects.

I am also a staff writer for journalism website Wannabe Hacks (, and graduated from the University of Sunderland in July 2014 with a first class honours degree in News Journalism.
Northern Lights

Holmeside Coffee Celebrate Launch Of Lamplight Film Club

Holmeside Coffee, founded by Sunderland band Lilliput, are celebrating the launch of a new film club that’ll be hosted in the unusual surroundings of the independent coffee shop. The Lamplight film club, which launched on January 29th with a screening of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, is a non-profit, volunteer-run enterprise aiming to screen quality films and encourage friendly and quality chat. Each session will be free to attend, and will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at the coff
Wannabe Hacks

Is student media the future for local journalism?

“No I’m sorry; we don’t speak to student journalists.” Hands up who has ever run up against this brick wall of polite (and often apologetic) indifference in your journalistic endeavours. I certainly have, and it can be one of the most infuriating parts of learning the trade. Apparently being a student means that your questions couldn’t possibly be important enough for so-and-so’s press office to bother with; after all, nobody is going to read something written by a student, right? Wrong. And i
Wannabe Hacks

Setback for local journalism as 'Sky Tyne and Wear' turns off

Journalism in the North East was dealt a blow last week as Sky unexpectedly shut down their ‘Sky Tyne and Wear’ operation. Launched in February 2012, Sky Tyne and Wear was a pilot video-based regional news service dedicated to covering news and sport across Newcastle and Sunderland. On its launch it was seen as a bold and optimistic move by Sky to break into regional news, and reinvent the existing model (after all, if anybody can make local news profitable, it’s got to be Sky, right?). Writin
Northern Lights

Review: Editors @ O2 Academy, Newcastle

Sometimes it’s annoying being roughly 2/3 the size of a standard human being. Sometimes it actually comes in very useful. But as I tried to catch a glimpse of Editors taking to the Newcastle stage on Wednesday night by peering above the conjoined heads and intertwined limbs of the couple in front of me, I concluded that this time it was probably the former. Thankfully the shaggy-haired male from said couple seemed to share my desire to actually witness the band we had all paid to see, and quick
Northern Lights

Review: The Counsellor – Desperately Beautiful, Impressively Dull

Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s The Counsellor is a film of choices and consequences. Or more accurately, the consequences of a single choice made by Michael Fassbender’s otherwise unnamed title character – a choice which causes events far outside his control, from which there is no going back. “You are at a cross in the road and here you think to choose. But here there is no choosing. There is only accepting. The choosing was done long ago”. So says Ruben Blades’ Jefe, who delivers probably
Wannabe Hacks

Hyperlocal: A good learning opportunity for aspiring journalists

Cast your mind back to March 2010. Wannabe Hacks was yet to be created, the world had never heard of Lord Justice Leveson, and ‘Hyperlocal’ was the new journalism buzzword. Similar to today, news organisations and journalists were frantically searching for a new model for telling the news in the 21st Century, and one of the concepts to hit the wall and stick was that of ‘Hyperlocal Journalism’. By no means a new idea, hyperlocal journalism is simply telling the news on a much smaller scale: th
The Hartlepool Mail

When Fergie’s Manchester United were hit for six by Hartlepool United

IF you told a young Hartlepool United fan today that the mighty Manchester United were once stuffed 6-0 by Pools then they would probably laugh in your face or have you medically examined. But today marks 25 years since that unlikely result really did occur. The date was August 24, 1988, and a Manchester United team led by a fresh-faced Alex Ferguson and containing internationals such as Norman Whiteside, Viv Anderson and Mike Duxbury made the trip to Fourth Divison Pools for what was supposed
The Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool plumber loves his van’s toilet humour!

A PLUMBER has injected a bit of toilet humour into his business plan in an attempt to flush out additional customers. John Alton, of Hartlepool-based John Alton Plumbing Services, has been turning heads with his van’s daring new paint job, which is anything but bog-standard. His fun idea to brighten up his work’s van has proved to be a hit, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of those who see it as it drives round the streets of Hartlepool. But far from simply being a potty-mouthe
The Northern Echo

Rising star Foot faces biggest test yet (From The Northern Echo)

SUNDERLAND boxer Glenn Foot is looking to continue his explosive rise at this Friday’s ‘Loaded and Ready’ show, when he will face arguably his toughest test to date. The Prizefighter winner will take on Wales’ Jason Cook at Rainton Meadows Arena, in what promises to be an epic contest. Foot’s coach, Dave Binns, said: “I don’t think you could put either of these two lads in a ring and it wouldn’t be a good fight.” The Foot camp are certainly not underestimating their fighter’s veteran opponent
The Northern Echo

Elderkin reflects on a successful second BBL campaign (From The Northern Echo)

DURHAM WILDCATS’ season may have ended in defeat at the hands of the Manchester Giants on Sunday, but they can hold their heads high after a much-improved league campaign. In only their second season as a franchise in the British Basketball League (BBL), the Wildcats proved that they belong at the top table of the British game, even if they narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs. Racking up ten league victories compared to just three in their debut BBL campaign helped Durham achieve a
It'S Round And It'S White

The Very Real Issue of Mental Illness in Football

Our game now has no choice but to face up to the issues raised by this week’s tragic events This week football lost a true gentleman. A wife lost a husband. And two children lost a father. Gary Speed’s death came as a massive shock even to those with no particular affiliation to the late Wales manager. Despite being born too late to see Speed in his prime, and him having never played for my club, I found myself rooted to the spot when the tragic news came through. Even now it seems incomprehen