TWO female graduates are celebrating big transfer moves in the typically male dominated world of sports journalism.
The Staffordshire University alumni, Emily Croydon and Laura Knight, will be covering the country’s key sporting events in their new roles.
Emily, 25, from Clitheroe, Lancashire, is set to become a Multi-platform Assistant Producer with BBC Sport. She will be working on flagship shows such as Match of the Day, contributing to the BBC News Channels, and putting film packages together for sporting events.
She said: “I was absolutely delighted to get the job. I will be working in the BBC’s new Salford TV centre, which is closer to home than the work I do at the moment.”
Since graduating with a distinction in MA Sports Broadcast Journalism in July 2011, Emily has been working freelance for BBC Sports News.
She has also had a number of fixed term contracts working as a broadcast assistant and then a video journalist for the BBC, on shows including on Late Kick Off Yorkshire and Sports News.
“I’ve had various jobs with the BBC,” she said. “Then the job for Multi-platform Assistant Producer came up and I went for it. I’ll be spending six months in different departments, so it’s a really varied role.”
Laura, 22, from Enfield, North London, has joined Input Media, a premier European sports production company. She graduated in July 2010, with a BA(Hons) Sports Journalism degree, before spending a year as a freelance writer for the Women's Super League (WSL).
She said: “I’ve just started working at Input Media as a runner. We’ve been working on Chelsea TV and at the Emirates [Arsenal’s stadium].
“It’s very exciting. And it’s a good way into what I want to do. I get to go into the editing suites and learn about the equipment and gain experience.
“I’ve started on a six month probation and there are lots of opportunities to move around the company down the line. Editing is something I’d definitely like to do.”
Mitch Pryce, Sports Journalism course leader at Staffordshire University, said: “It's terrific news that the girls are making their mark.
“There are plenty of good role models like Gabby Logan and Jacqui Oatley and our graduates will be following in their footsteps.
“Traditionally sports journalism has been a male dominated subject but we are helping to change that perception with our courses at Staffordshire. Emily and Laura are proof of that - and we have plenty of others waiting for their chance to follow them.”
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