Course puts sports journalism students ahead of the game

“I think doing the placement is what led me to getting a permanent job so it's great that we have that opportunity on the course.”

Sam Bryant, BA (Hons) Sports Journalsim

Sports Journalism graduate Sam was quick off blocks to get a job after finishing his studies at Staffordshire University and has been covering some of the world’s major sporting events.

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism graduate Sam Bryant couldn't believe his luck when he landed every football fan’s dream job - covering the World Cup - during his second year work placement.

Sam took up an internship with London-based digital consultancy Seven League Ltd for the Work Placement module of the course and two weeks after finishing his final year secured a full-time position with the company.

“I think doing the placement is what led me to getting a permanent job so it's great that we have that opportunity on the course.”

Sam was on familiar territory when he started the job and helped with BBC Sport's coverage of the Women’s World Cup, managing social media channels and creating behind-the-scenes-video content.

“I came to University thinking that written journalism was all I wanted to do. But then we learned all the broadcast skills as well and I really enjoyed it.”

“Getting that range of skills has definitely helped. On my first day at the BBC I knew exactly what everyone's job role was because I’d done it all at Uni.”

Sam is now working on the Ultimate fighting League wrestling competition.

“The range of opportunities you get is great – three years ago I'd never have imagined I'd be interested in wrestling but I'm really enjoying it.”

Across the Channel, classmate Rhys Higgins has been spending the summer in Paris working for the television network Eurosport and was voicing TV packages in his first week.

“One good thing about the course is that there are so many different links to the world of sport. Our tutors have so many contacts so it makes it easier to get work placements and jobs.” said Rhys.

“We have the newsroom and some amazing facilities so we get hands on experience and so now when we go to get jobs, we have the experience that a lot of people from other unis don't.”

Back in the Midlands, Lewis Cox went from delivering his local newspaper to writing for it thanks to his work placement.

The Express and Star created a new role for the former paperboy from West Bromwich after he did work experience with the newspaper as a student.

“I learned how to write on the course. I thought I could write before coming to uni but they really help you refine your skills.” said Lewis, who is now working as a multi-media sports journalist.

“There's a young lad on work experience at the paper now and I told him straight away apply to Staffs. Doing the course and placement is the best thing that's happened to me.”

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