Gursimran Hans

MA Diplomacy and Foreign Policy student at City, University of London. 
Partner and social media lead at Desi Sports Cast. 

BA (Hons) Journalism with Study Abroad graduate from City, University of London with study abroad year at Hong Kong Baptist University. 
Former Journalist for Overnight News Team at
Former Social Media Intern at Talksport International 
Former Opinion Editor at The National Student. Previously Media Manager at CONIFA Asia and writer for The Howl. 
Previous Placements at BBC Asian Network, The Times, The Sun, Press Gazette and Archant East London.

London journalist with previous editorial experience at student publications and national press. 

I came into journalism because I enjoy finding stories that need to be told and telling them. 

My stories largely reflect my interests - particularly football, politics, film, music, and the arts. Though, at the same time, I like to explore new areas and write about these too. 

This site showcases my work from that portfolio, with articles divided by publication and topic. Interviews are also posted in a separate interview section. There are also external links to the radio shows I have worked on and a separate section for Daily Musings, a daily blog I wrote in Spring 2017.

These articles are a combination of work that I was asked to write by an editor and those pitched successfully by myself. 

See the headings at the top of the page (only visible on desktop) and the drop down side bar to help navigate around the site. 


Human Infection: Expert gives chilling warning - ‘We can only predict more epidemics’

Professor Rick Douglass is a hantavirus expert, based at Montana State University and Montana Tech. Hantaviruses are a group of diseases that come from rodents and can affect humans, in the Americas they attack the lungs, whilst in Eurasia, they attack the kidneys. In North America, studies have shown the mortality rate is as high as 40 percent, but this figure is much lower elsewhere, speaking to, Professor Douglass explains: “Fortunately it is not very communicable [contagious].

'Think again!' - Campaigner warns against potential Saudi takeover of Newcastle United

The fund is reported to be closing in on a takeover of English Premier League football club Newcastle United. This is despite Mr bin Salman and the Saudi government facing scrutiny over the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen. Speaking to, Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade said: “There should always be strict regulations regarding state bodies and individuals who are using institutions in the UK for personal enrichment or self-promotion, especia

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong makes defiant call for fair and free elections

Speaking to, activist Joshua Wong, made this call, which he admitted might look unlikely. Mr Wong, did, however, warn not to underestimate the people power behind the protests. He said: “Free elections is our ultimate goal and it’s a must of ours to elect our own government, instead of [it being] handpicked by Beijing. “During this summer, from June to August, no-one could imagine the Hong Kong government would completely withdraw the bill but finally the government compromised an

'Angola should not join Commonwealth' expert warns amidst Prince Harry's country visit

Reports have claimed that Harry’s visit to Angola may be motivated by a desire for the country to join the Commonwealth. Speaking to, Attorney Ed Patricoff, a partner at Schutts & Bowen has warned against the nation’s entry into the organisation. Mr Patricoff explained: “It would be very troubling to see Angola join a distinguished association like the Commonwealth based on its history of corruption and trade abuse. “Just in the past three years, I have litigated two cases where U

How and why do attitudes to the Chinese Communist Party differ in the Special Administrative…

How and why do attitudes to the Chinese Communist Party differ in the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau? Hong Kong and Macau have similar but different political backgrounds, this has influenced how the two special administrative regions interact with the central government of the People’s Republic of China. These differences how their populations perceive the attempts of Beijing to have its sovereignty and interests fulfilled. Macau has often been praised by state-run media

In Conversation with David Cross

This article was originally published in two parts on The National Student. Now, 67, David Cross refused to drink until gone midnight after winning the FA Cup with West Ham in 1980, in order to savour the memory. Starting as a lone striker, his side beat defending champions Arsenal. He pauses before talking about growing up watching the final every year and without hesitation says the final whistle was the best moment of his career. This was a career which saw him take on the likes of George

SU president puzzled by 0 incidents of sexual harassment at City

Following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from The Howl, it has been revealed there were no reports of sexual misconduct at City university during the 2016-17 academic year. The request was made after revelations in the press that Cambridge University had received 173 anonymous reports from staff and students in the nine months since setting up a new online form in May 2017. An investigation from The Guardian last March found “epidemic” levels of sexual harassment at British universitie

Cat climbs into deadly wolf enclosure at Scots zoo while fleeing fireworks

Zookeepers at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian were stunned to find a pet cat sitting at the top of a tree in its Arctic wolf enclosure A SCAREDY cat had a lucky escape after running away from fireworks and jumping into a wolf enclosure. The feline managed to climb a tree and leap over an electric fence at Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian. Keepers were surprised to see two female Arctic wolves circling a tree. Upon closer inspection they spotted a black and white cat hiding in the branches.

Film Review: Battle of Algiers

Gillo Pontecorvo’s Battle of Algiers is a stunning example of a director at the height of his success. The Italian, who died in 2006, had his 1966 film screened at the Barbican over October. The film tells the story of the Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) in their fight with the French Army in Algeria’s war for independence, specifically focusing on the battle for the capital city, Algiers. The film was for many years censored in France, due to both the government and the pressure from far-

Interview: Isabel Esain

Isabel, 19, from Zaragoza, Spain, began her journey playing the viola back when she was just seven years old. Isabel, explains she took up the viola "because it’s the most important instrument from the Baroque period." "It was the most important instrument in France during the 1650s, which was when France was the most important country in the world. So, the reason I play this instrument is there’s so much repertoire". Beginning in Rome around 1600, the Baroque period followed the Renaissance

Tactics Explained: Johan Cruyff at Ajax and Barcelona

Cruyff's managerial career was relatively short. He spent three years at Ajax, before spending eight at Barcelona, where he won four consecutive La Liga trophies, he also won the Catalan giants' first two European trophies - the 1989 European Cup Winner's Cup and the 1992 European Cup - both with wins over Sampdoria. The philosophy he developed with the style of play and the importance of a strong, immersive youth academy has been used to devastating effect by his successors - especially Rijkaa

Interview: Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho has become known for her dark sense of . Now 48, the Drop Dead Diva star has embarked on a tour with what she has described as her "sickest show to date", with it dealing with "a lot of hard stuff about addiction, about weight." Cho notes she can be "very, very self-destructive" before adding: "I really wanted to make an effort to show how this is like so scary and this is real and this can happen. And so, that’s a big part of the show too." She cites the late Richard Pryor as an

IFJ hits out at attempts by Gulf states to ‘force the closure of Al Jazeera’ – Press Gazette

Amid tension between other Gulf states and Qatar, the International Federation of Journalists has demanded that journalists are not used as “political footballs”. Last week, authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan closed down Al Jazeera offices in the countries’ respective capitals. The media organisation’s operation licence in Saudi Arabia has also been revoked. A Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries has demanded Qatar close down the international broadcaster, which is partially funded by the

Stunning ballet show coming to Ilford features scenes from Shakespeare to Dracula

Beautiful ballet interpretations from a classic Shakespearean love story, Dracula and The Nutcracker will be performed in one show coming to Ilford next month. Third year students from the Central School of Ballet are putting on theatre and dance from a variety of productions at The Kenneth More Theatre, in Oakfield Road, on July 1. Titled Ballet Central, the performance features a wide range of scenes, including from Liam Scarlett’s Indigo Children and a piece from award winning choreographer

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