Samson Dada (born December 31, 1991) aspires to work in the media and is a third year student reading BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics at De Montfort University and training for an NCTJ Diploma in Magazine Journalism with Cleland Thom Journalism Training.
He is a contributor to De Montfort University newspaper The Demon where he writes columns about current affairs and interviews local politicians.
Samson first got involved in newspaper journalism at the age of 13 when he contacted Gerry Sammon, then editor of North and East Manchester Advertiser for advice on breaking into journalism.
The editor replied to his letter praising Samson for his “very entertaining and interesting fictional piece about Homer Simpson becoming the President of the United States.” He ended his letter to Samson by asking him whether he would be “interested in writing a regular column based on a teenager’s perspective of the world.”
Several years later, Samson wrote his first extended piece of writing for the Advertiser entitled: ‘Asylum seekers: Should they be allowed to stay’?
He became the first ever Youth Community Correspondent of the paper after his asylum seekers article received positive comments from Advertiser readers.
In December 2008, he became the youngest ever scholar of the Cleland Thom Journalism Training Mentoring Scheme.
CTJT Course Director Cleland Thom has described him as “having bags of talent, but more importantly, the right attitudes.”
His areas of expertise are American presidential campaigns and parliamentary debates in the House of Commons.
Samson’s hobbies and interests are jogging, watching political talk shows like Meet the Press with David Gregory and public speaking.
If you have a story or wish to be interviewed by Samson, do not hesitate to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on his website.
Read his published articles by clicking on Article Archive.