"We are really happy to continue building our relationship with Staffordshire University. The talent we saw in Stoke was exceptional and the truly difficult part was who not to take as the standard, across the board, was so high."
Ally Beasant, Eurosport
Journalism students will cover the summer's biggest sporting events after securing paid internships with major TV network Eurosport.
Megan Carolan, Dan Graves, Ben Marvell and Itayi Stott from Staffordshire University's MA Sports Broadcast Journalism course will spend three months working at Eurosport in Paris.
The group will take up production roles covering events including the World Cup, Tour De France and the US Open tennis from June to September. While working at Eurosport they will receive a monthly salary and have accommodation and transport expenses covered.
Itayi Stott, 32, moved to Shelton from Madrid to study at Staffordshire University. He said: “I am delighted to be going to Eurosport. I already watch a lot of their content, especially when it comes to cycling, tennis and snooker, so to form a part of their team will be amazing.
“The fact that they produce content all around the world in many different languages really fascinates me.”
Megan Carolan, 23 from Dudley, added: “It's really exciting. Eurosport is such an established company so to be able to work there and hopefully come out with a good reference is great for our careers.”
Eurosport has a longstanding relationship with Staffordshire University and offer placement opportunities each year. Eurosport staff recently visited campus to interview the students for two internships and were so impressed that they offered positions to the four.
Mitch Pryce, Sports Journalism Course Leader, said: "I first made contact with Eurosport over ten years ago now and we quickly struck up a mutually beneficial relationship. They utilise our multi-media trained journalists - and in turn the students benefit from working for a truly world class operation covering some of the biggest sporting events on the planet.
"Our Eurosport alumni include Elliot Richardson who became the TV commentator for France Top 14 Rugby, Mark Masterton, now a video journalist in China, Rob Davis, an assistant producer at Perform and Jed Court who has recently landed a job with Paris-based AFP, the third biggest news agency in the world.”
The company also has plans to launch a Eurosport Academy with partners across Europe. The initiative will begin later this year and Staffordshire University is being used for the pilot project.
Ally Beasant, from Eurosport, added: “We are really happy to continue building our relationship with Staffordshire University. The talent we saw in Stoke was exceptional and the truly difficult part was who not to take as the standard, across the board, was so high. We look forward to developing our partnership and utilising that talent as we build the Eurosport Academy.”
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