“The deciding factor was how enthusiastic the lecturers are, a lot of them are still in work and a lot of them have very good contacts."
Matthew Southcombe, BA(Hons) Sports Journalism
A Sports Journalism graduate has praised the pioneering course that has led to him landing his first job in the industry.
Matthew Southcombe had already begun his role as Content Writer for Media Wales by the time he graduated with a 2:1 in BA(Hons) Sports Journalism.
Matthew said: “The course was very useful and I’ve end up with a job at the end of it which is always nice.
“A lot of it is independent learning which is good because you have got to test yourself and you have got to be disciplined in what you’re doing."
Matthew spent three weeks at Media Wales as part of the work placement module in the second year of the course.
His time there served him well as Media Wales offered him a full-time position nine months later as his degree was coming to a conclusion.
“I am currently working as a content writer for Media Wales back in Cardiff which is all online based for Wales Online. I’m working specifically on sport and digital content and for me Cardiff is home, it’s about 10 minutes away from where I live.”
Matthew, 21, revealed that the lecturers on the course were a big influence over him in choosing Staffordshire University as his place of study.
He explained: “The deciding factor was how enthusiastic the lecturers are, a lot of them are still in work and a lot of them have very good contacts. It was their knowledge and understanding of the subject that is really why I chose Staffs.
“Unofficially, it is probably the best place to go for the course, the lecturers were fantastic. A lot of people have already got jobs on my course and I know it is similar for the broadcast course as well.”
The 21-year-old’s favourite elements of the course were practical assessments working at sports events.
“There was one assessment that we did which involved everyone on the course going out to separate sporting events around the country and doing live radio reports. I personally went to a rugby game in London, some people went to horse racing or football, it was a really good day.
“Another highlight was when we had to go out and film a football match at Nantwich Town, all on different cameras and we all had to make highlight packages at the end of it all,” he added.
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