Talking Sport: Student Work

Some examples of our students working in the field

Monk Talks Music, Parents and   Michael Jackson 

In 2015, two BA Radio students, Joseph Raine and Charlie Winch, got the chance to interview Garry Monk, who was then Swansea City manager.

He appeared on Stories Behind the Songs, a programme the boys produced for Exposure Radio. Monk chose some of his favourite tracks and shared some personal insights into his early life before football and some of the highs and lows of being a professional player and manager.




BBC Wales football correspondent Rob Phillips spoke to Chris Gadsby about his career and what sport means to him.

Rob was named Welsh Sports Journalist of the Year in 2013 and has been the voice of football on BBC Radio Wales for decades. He’s known for his enthusiastic commentary and his straight forward talking and as well as covering and reporting on matches, he presents a football phone-in, Call Rob.


He presented coverage on BBC Radio Wales and BBC 5Live during Wales’ historic European campaign.

Rob talks about the challenge of covering major sporting events such as the Euros as well as his early career, covering his home town team and why everything is ‘sport’.

You can listen to the programme here.


Rhys Tompkinson

Rhys Tompkins

LIKE most football fans, Rhys Tompkins has experienced the highs and lows of supporting his local club. Newport County FC went bust in 1989, and like a phoenix, it rose from the ashes and returned to the Football League a quarter of a century later. But, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the side, which narrowly avoided relegation in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons.

Rhys, who is a shareholder and season ticket holder, decided to dig deeper into the history of his beloved Amber Army for his final year major project. He spoke to those with a significant stake in the club, to find out what could be learned from the troubles of the past and to see if they could predict the future for Newport County.

You can hear Rhys’ radio documentary and view some of his journalism work at:
Rhys Tompkins Journalism

Chris Gadsby

Chris Gadsby




A PASSIONATE sports fan, Chris has a First Class Honours degree in Radio from USW. During his three years as a student he made the most of his enthusiasm by carrying out paid and voluntary work for Wales OnlineNewport County FC and Cardiff City Ladies.

Chris is aiming for a career in sports journalism and is hoping to become a football commentator. Watch this space.

For one of his final year major projects he produced a sports magazine, which included an impressive story about the cost of attending football matches. You can see it, along with a host of his other work, on Chris’ website:  Chris Gadsby Media


Josh Folks

Josh Folks 



JOSH FOLKS created Flat Crest Rally magazine for his major project. He says the magazine does more than just offer reports and previews, it will ‘dig deeper into the bigger issues’ of rallying and lift the lid on what’s really going on.

The magazine also contains opinion pieces and is supported by ‘top class photography’.

The central feature is about ‘the man who saved rallying.’  It tells the story of Wales being on the brink of losing forest rallying for good. The Rally4Wales campaign stepped in and did a deal to enable it to continue.

The magazine carries an exclusive interview with Jamie Edwards, the founder of the campaign, explaining what went on and how they reached the conclusion they did.

Josh also runs his own motorsport media organisation supplying photos, video and written content to some of Britain’s top rallying and racing drivers.





Exposure Radio was on air at the time of the inquest into the death of former Wales manager Gary Speed.  Steve Owens and Adam Diouri produced the piece.

Exposure Radio students Tom Wentworth and Tehani Taylor spoke to Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in a Paralympic special.

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