Holidays are over and they’re back to it …

Football players and sports journalists team up for media training

AFTER their festive break, USW’s Sports Journalism students are back in situ.  The first three weeks of the new term have an ’employability’ theme to them, where the students learn more about setting professional standards and understanding their roles and responsibilities as journalists.

As part of the learning process, they collaborated with players from USW Men’s 1st and 2nd football teams to gain a better understanding of how to build effective working relationships.

Course leader, Julie Kissick, has delivered media training to sports people at all levels and ran a seminar at the new-look Sport Park in Treforest which brought students from sport and journalism together.

“You often find that sportsmen and women don’t understand what journalists need from them and young journalists in particular don’t always have the confidence to take control of interviews,” she said.

“I’ve never run a session where both parties were the learners, so to speak, but it went well and judging by the feedback, everyone got something useful out of it.”

The Sports Journalism students spend Wednesday afternoons at the Sport Park, where the university hosts a variety of matches, including football, rugby and netball, on a weekly basis.

The journalists produce pre and post match reports as well as interviews with coaches and players.

Before the media training session the SJ students got a tour of the new facilities.

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