Journalism students score football column in national paper

"It is a bit surreal - you don't think in your second year of university that you are going to write for The Times!"

Shauna Callan, BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

A Sports Journalism duo from Staffordshire University are reporting on major women's football matches for a national newspaper.

Molly Hudson and Shauna Callan, both in their second year of the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course, have been signed by The Times to cover the Women's Super League for the season.

They have a regular feature in The Game, the paper's weekly football supplement, travelling to matches across the country and have also covered England Lionesses games.

The pair are the only females in their year and were put forward for the job by lecturer and journalist Ian Whittell.

“It is a bit surreal - you don't think in your second year of university that you are going to write for The Times! It's nice for me and Molly to be involved in women's sport.” said Shauna, 19 from Telford.

“Having the extra support from Ian is great too. To get direct advice from someone working in the industry is really helpful.”

The popularity of women's football and coverage in mainstream media is growing, partly thanks to the success of the England Lionesses. The England squad reached the semi-finals at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and are now setting their sights on next year's trophy.

Molly, 19 from Peterborough, said: “When reporting on women's football you can really see that it's a different atmosphere to the men's games. It is a different kind of culture and it's nice that is coming now.”

Molly will travel to Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park on 14 March to cover the Women's Super League Continental Cup final between top teams Arsenal and Manchester City.

A keen footballer herself, she is sacrificing playing in the match which could see Staffordshire University Women's team get promoted to attend the Cup Final.

“It's a really good experience for me to cover my first final in the women's game. Doing this is the proof that I’m getting somewhere.

“Seeing your name in a national newspaper is something that some people might not get even 10 years into their career, so I'm lucky to have been given this opportunity.”

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