I am a third-year student on the BA Sports Journalism course at the University of South Wales in Cardiff. I hope to attain a degree in Sports Journalism to help with my future career aspirations of becoming a freelance sport writer. On this website, I will be documenting the content that I produce during my time at university, which I hope to show to potential employers.
I have contributed to a range of media outlets, sports clubs and events, including: Wimbledon Championships, Daily Mail, Premier League Productions, Talksport, WalesOnline, World Senior Badminton Championships, FAW Trust, Newport County AFC, Homeless World Cup, The Rugby Paper, Wales on Sunday, Barn Media, Eat Sleep Media, Inside Wales Sport, International Wales Fanzine, Glamorgan Gazette and Bridgend and Porthcawl GEM.
Through the various work placements that I have completed since starting university in 2017, I have gained a vast amount of experience in the industry. These placements, alongside my studies, have helped develop my skill set – and I believe this has made me become more employable. I am constantly being told about the competition that I will face to secure a job in the industry and, subsequently, the importance of versatility as a journalist.
I am confident in operating a still and video camera, as well as using software such as Adobe Premiere and Photoshop to edit my work. My mobile journalism skills have also improved significantly since the first year of university, enabling me to tell stories through different mediums. I have also had experience of presenting, producing and editing podcasts and radio programmes as part of one of my university modules. I am active on social media and constantly use my channels to promote the work that I produce.
I secured a role as a press assistant at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, where I spent the duration of the tournament working to support the press operation. This involved catering to the demands of journalists from all around the world. I was also responsible for distributing accreditation passes and assisting with various enquires.
Following my graduation, I hope to secure a job in the industry in the first year. However, I want to keep my options open and would be interested in studying for a master’s degree in sports broadcasting to further improve my camera skills. I would also like to find freelance work through the contacts that I have already made in the industry.
During the early days of my career, I have interviewed a range of people involved in sport, including: Jason Holder (West Indies captain), Jayne Ludlow (Wales manager), Alan Wilkins (Gloucestershire and Glamorgan cricketer) Sophie Ingle (Wales captain), Helen Ward (Wales’ record goalscorer), Sophie Ecclestone (England international), Dave Edwards (Wales international), Tyler Roberts (Wales international), Loren Dykes (Wales international), Hayley Ladd (Wales international), Kylie Nolan (Wales international), Gavin Chesterfield (Barry Town United manager), Jonathan Brown (Oklahoma City midfielder).