I began writing sport and news stories from the age of 13. I have written for several publications over the years, as well as being involved in other media outlets. On a side note, as well as my love for writing, I have a real enthusiasm for talking to people, and being actively involved in communities. I feel journalists like Anthony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, are perfect examples of people who become involved in culture, and see a job more than just it’s title.
Above is a picture that I took that was published in the Ark Music Magazine in January 2011. You can read the original article that the picture was published in here.
My experience includes:
Lancashire Evening Post: I spent a week’s work experience at the Preston newspaper in June 2011. I wrote several articles for the paper including a report on the Preston North End reserves season, and had the experience of being involved in ringing local business about the business directory scheme.
I have written football reports and gig reviews for the What’s on section of the newspaper. Read a review of the Beats of Rage night at 53 Degrees here. I have also wrote various letters on music events in the community, including illegal raves in the Wigan Today sister paper and the Mill rave for the LEP.
I had a very enjoyable placement at the Blackpool Gazette in May 2011 which was my first real experience of covering news journalism.
Throughout the week, I used Twitter to locate sources for possible stories across Blackpool, as well as shadowing several reporters.
UCLAN Student Media: Since my first year of University, I have contributed to the student paper, Pluto and magazine, PR1, where both are distributed annually around campus, and read by students across the University.
During my time involved in student media, I wrote for Pluto Sport including reports on swimming, handball, depression in sport and sport against racism. You can read football reports on the University here and here.
I have worked in PR1, where I have written music features and gig reviews. You can read an example of my work on Music in the Noughties here.
Give it a Go Assistant: Although strictly not a journalism position, this role allowed me to become active within the student community.
I co-ordinated and promoted student activities, with a team round campus distributing leaflets and promoting events. I recruited students to compete in the Student Football League, where I had previously encouraged footballing participation for students throughout the University. I wrote several reports of matches including against Preston City, Sport Journalism and Poker Society.
I also represented the Student Union at a Futures volunteering conference, which promoted and recruited students for sporting and social activities.
Queens Park Football Club: I spent a week working at a football club in the Scottish Football League, in August 2010.
Throughout the week, I worked on the youth section of the club’s website. You can listen to my interview with first team player, Waleed Nadeem here. I wrote a report on the Under 17’s match against Rangers, at Lesser Hampden which you can also read here.
Scotzine: I wrote a report for the Scottish Football fanzine blog, Scotzine on the omission of Steven Fletcher from the Scotland squad. Read it here.
Rangers Media: Previewed the Bursaspor Vs Rangers match for Rangers fan site. You can read the article here.
Blog Preston: I wrote a selection of articles for the Hyperlocal news site which you can all read here. I also wrote a feature report on the Lava and Ignite inspired student nighlife in Preston which you can view here.
Scottish Daily Mail: I spent a weeks work placement at the sports desk in Glasgow. I assisted a reporter and other members of the press in interviewing Scotland Under 21 footballers before an important qualifying match in Lithuania. One of my questions appeared in the back page of seveal national newspapers, the following day.
I also learned how to write stories using Quark Express, and using the PA feed for finding developing news stories.
Football Fancast: I wrote articles for the blog site on Scottish Football including the national team and the SPL. You can read a selection of all my reports here.
Harrogate Hospital Radio: This was my first experience of Radio. I was a guest on the Saturday afternoon programme, ‘Rebel Radio’ where I worked with many people including current Cambridge FM presenter, Benedict Clancy .
I presented the sports bulletin, ‘Sportscene’. I also regularly went on music requesting around the wards. I attended the monthly Harrogate Hospital general boardroom meetings.
Harrogate Advertiser: I was the chief reporter of the 2009 Dragongate Music Festival. I was also the co reporter of the 2008 Sporting Words Festival in Harrogate.
I wrote for the former Sixth Sense column including school news and sport. Read my report of the Harrogate Grammar Sports Presentation Evening here.
Harrogate Grammar School: I was involved in my school media from Year 10-13. I reported on school news and football matches for school magazine, The LINK, and also for the Harrogate Advertiser.
I was the Sports writer for the 2009 Upper Sixth leavers Yearbook. I also presented the first ever podcast in the history of the school, interviewing a Year 9 footballer on his team’s fantastic success that season.
Here are some reports of the senior football matches that I wrote from the 2008-2009 season including against Northallerton College, St John Fisher, St Aidan’s, Rossett, Harrogate High and the HGS Staff back in September 2010.
BBC North Yorkshire Junior Football: I began writing football match reports on youth football from an early age in 2004. I wrote football reports for Harrogate side, Pannal Sport Panthers where I was also a player. Here a selection of reports from over the years including matches against Knaresborough Celtic, Old Mods, Brompton, and Cookridge Albion to name a few.
I also wrote a feature which you can read here from 2007 on the history of Pannal Sports for the BBC.
Parkside Community College, Cambridge:
I began my writing career for the year group’s football team during Year 7. I also presented a media animation software programme to Cambridge University students with a group of my fellow peers.