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Journalism and Content Creation

TV News Set and Radio Studios

Our News Set features a three-camera studio floor and gallery

5th for Graduate Prospects – Communication and Media Studies

Complete University Guide 2021

Excellent facilities

Dedicated newsroom and student led hyper-local news site

Content creation is at the forefront of modern business. Whether you want to take the world and newsroom by storm reporting on local, national and global events, or you want to be creating content in front of camera or behind the scenes of large social or professional businesses, we have the course for you.

In our Sports Journalism degree you'll learn from experience on our TV news set and in our newsroom. We have iMacs with all the latest software for audio-visual production, as well as a fully-equipped radio studio giving you the chance to get involved in OMGRadio, the University's own station. You'll find out what it's like to be a real journalist by working on our StaffsLive website; run by students, it's visited by tens of thousands of people looking for accurate reports of local events. 

If you’re looking for a broader degree, our Digital Content Creation is a brand-new course that focuses on the modern business ethos that ‘content is key’. Here you’ll learn all the latest and industry-relevant skills needed to burst into a content creation role, including video editing, copywriting, design and social media management.

Whatever aspect of journalism and content creation you’re looking to build a career in, our experience, connections to industry and work placement opportunities can help you get there. 

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Facilities

Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could develop your employability skills in a broader field. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

Study with us and you'll spend at least three weeks in a work placement – most likely in a newspaper, broadcast newsroom or press office. 

Work Experience Opportunities:

Students on our journalism degrees have worked with:  

  • Sky 

  • BBC 

  • BBC Radio Stoke 

  • The Telegraph 

  • Eurosport 

  • ESPN 

  • ITV 

  • Input Media 

  • Manchester United Football Club 

  • The Press Association 

  • The Sentinel 

Our students

Ben James
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

The Sports Journalism course at Staffordshire University is probably one of the best Sports Journalism courses in the country. It’s certainly one of the main reasons that I got a job here at Wales Online working as a Digital Sports Writer.

I suppose the big aspect of the course and one of its strongest points is the Live Newsdays, giving students the chance to experience what it’s like to work in a place like this on a regular basis and that, along with the work placements, which is again one of the main reasons I got a job here straight from graduation, are what separates it as a course and a university. 

Jacob Leeks
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

We got to do so many things and meet so many people in our industry. We got to really be hands-on with sports journalism which is key for getting a job eventually. We got to go to so many different places and report on so many different things – but the highlight was probably the Staffs Uni Sports Nights which is where we went out to different grounds and reported from them and that was just fantastic. I wouldn’t have got the same level of experience at other places. 

Conor Shaw
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

We have our Newsdays on the Sports Journalism course where you’re constantly like an industry journalist really. It’s a fantastic course – you have all the help you need from the lecturers and the tutors – they really just give you all the support you need to go into a full-time working environment following university.  

I spent two years on placement at Stoke City when they were in the Premier League and the Championship so it was unbelievable really. Before Uni and first year I was at National League Chester FC level so that was a completely different kettle of fish really.

Going straight to the Premier League and working with Premier League players and staff, it was a fantastic experience and having university alongside that experience, just really prepared me for the future and helped me to know what that sports media industry was like, what I was going to expect and I think without that experience and University alongside it, I wouldn’t have been able to get a job in the industry.  

 

Joshua Dainty
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

I was really happy for the three years that I’ve spent here. I can’t speak highly enough of the equipment that we’ve had at our disposal. Having the opportunity to use these things that are used in a professional set-up as well, it just improves your skills and it prepares you for when you go into the real world and have a job in broadcasting. It’s the most rewarding time of your life in the sense that you can do great things coming out of it, so just go for it.  

Jack Bradley
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

I absolutely love the course that I study here at Staffs. The quality of the course stood out among the others. The lecturers have got great industry experience – a lot of them are still involved in the industry which I feel is really important. The facilities that we have here are absolutely fantastic. As well as that, you can also go down the route of PR – we've done PR modules on my course and that opens up a load of other possibilities as well. You’ll benefit from the experience so much.  

Our staff

Mitch Pryce
Mitch PryceSenior Lecturer

Mitch Pryce is a seasoned broadcast journalist having worked on four FIFA World Cups for ITV Sport, three Rugby World Cups, UEFA Champions League and the Olympics. He was formerly Sports Editor with Central ITV and has produced many TV sports series.

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Steven Speed
Steven SpeedSenior Lecturer

Steven is an award-winning editor, writer, photographer and digital media artist who has worked in the media for over 15 years. Steven's approach to teaching and learning is to create an atmosphere where students can adapt and personalise their work in line with their interests. Passionate about employability, Steven has co-created the Digital Content Creation course with a focus on emerging technologies and employer expectations.

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Ian Bayley
Ian BayleyCourse Leader

Ian is a professional sports journalist and PR practitioner who has worked for every Sunday and daily national newspaper in the UK. He was also Head of Media at Stoke City FC for five years before switching to academia.

Ian Whittell
Ian WhittellCourse Leader

Ian is the course Leader for MA Sports Journalism and BA (Hons) Sports Journalism. He's been a freelance national newspaper sports journalist for over 30 years and is currently under contract with the Times and Sunday Times newspapers.

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Our graduates

Emma Jones Broadcast Journalism, 2014

After freelancing for Channel 5 and radio station Key 103, media graduate Emma is now Signal 1’s breakfast show presenter and a Leeds United TV presenter.

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James Nuttall Music Journalism and Broadcasting, 2014

During his degree James secured interviews with big name bands and artists which saw his work widely published, and paved the way for his content writer career.

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Adam Yates Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting, 2013

Port Vale F.C. defender Adam Yates is an advocate for professional players gaining qualifications to broaden their prospects after retiring.

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Chris Coles Sports Journalism, 2012

Chris Coles is a sports broadcast journalist for BBC Radio Derby, where he presents all their sports programmes.

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Ben Lowe Broadcast Journalism, 2011

Ben’s experiences with StaffsLive during his degree led to roles with MTV News and BBC Radio 1 after graduation. He travels the world making ‘rockumentories’.

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Roxanne Nicholls Journalism (PR), 2011

Roxanne runs her own jewellery business based in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Harriet Rhodes Broadcast Journalism, 2009

Having previously worked as a freelance journalist and digital marketing manager, Harriet now runs her own successful agency helping SMEs across the Midlands.

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Seb Hutchinson Sports Journalism, 2009

Seb Hutchinson is a freelance sports commentator who has worked on the biggest tournaments and events in world.

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