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A full record of all my experience and published work, updated throughout my course...

January 2022 (One-Off)                                                                             Halifax Courier

 

Being involved at my local cricket club has presented opportunities before, but the chance to interview Ben Cliff, an England under-19 international, was unexpected. However, this did teach me the valuable lesson that I should always be prepared for news to come from anywhere, and once I had written the piece and seen it published in the Halifax Courier, it was mildly thrilling to see my name in print.

 

News Story, Ben Cliff On Tour To Sri Lanka, 13/01/22: 

 

October 2021 - current                                                                              Stoke City Football Club

Once the cricket season had finished and I had settled back into university ahead of my second year, I began looking for further opportunities to work behind the scenes in club media. I was put in touch with the Head of Media at Stoke City, and am currently being given regular chances to head out and cover both academy and women's matches, alongside spending regular days in the media office producing written content for the club website and first-team matchday programme.

When covering the under-23 side, I have operated the club's official Twitter account, providing live updates to a following of in excess of one million people, and have been able to interview several players and coaches for written pieces. I have also recently been given access to the separate women's team social media platforms, and have begun creating graphics through use of the PressBox Graphics platform for utilisation during match coverage. In addition, I interview a player and use their quotes in a weekly preview piece for the upcoming women's match, which is published on the club website.

Player Profile: Adam Davies, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/3E8OPg0

Player Profile: Tommy Smith, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/3pII4O7

Player Profile: Alfie Doughty, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/3nhXAxr

Player Profile: Jordan Thompson, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/30SlTdQ

Player Profile: Tashan Oakley-Boothe, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/3nnjQFZ

Player Profile: Abdallah Sima, 21/10/21: https://bit.ly/3pBSmPE

Manager Interview: Michael O'Neill, Post-Stoke City v Brentford, 27/10/21: https://bit.ly/3CHptVu

Match Report: Abbey Hulton United 1-4 Stoke City U23, 10/11/21: https://bit.ly/3DABMEb

Player Interview: Roisin Kivel, Pre-Stoke City Women v Doncaster Rovers Belles, 11/11/21: https://bit.ly/3CEgAvA

Player Interview: Lizzie Craven, Pre-Stoke City Women v City of Stoke Women, 19/11/21: https://bit.ly/3x5NGDJ

Match Report: Stoke City U23 3-0 Southend United U23, 22/11/21:  https://bit.ly/3zwDyF5

News Story: Stoke City U18 Ready Steady Cook, 29/11/21: https://bit.ly/3G6NDec

Player Interviews: Hollie Gibson & Nuala Miszkiel, Pre-Stoke City Women v Norwich City Women, 04/12/21: https://bit.ly/32SOxN4

Match Report: Stoke City U23 3-0 Southampton U23, 06/12/21: https://bit.ly/3JFC7su

Coach Interview: Lou Roberts, Pre-Stoke City Women v Nottingham Forest Women (FA Cup), 10/12/21: https://bit.ly/3JKdriS

Match Report: Blackburn Rovers U18 3-0 Stoke City U18, 12/01/22: https://bit.ly/3h2A2db

Player Interview: Meg Bowyer, Pre-Stoke City Women Reserves v Stoke City Women, 13/01/22: https://bit.ly/36uBYcs

 

Player Interview: Callan Barber, Pre-Stoke City Women v Nottingham Forest Women (League), 21/01/22: https://bit.ly/3LOeK0T

Player Interview: Naomi Bedeau, Pre-Derby County Women v Stoke City Women, 25/01/22: https://bit.ly/3sWFO5v

Coach & Player Interviews: Lucy Ridgway & Shannon Garner, Pre-Stoke City Women v Sheffield FC Women, 29/01/22: https://bit.ly/36tsUoe

Player Interview: Molly Holder, Pre-Brighouse Town Women v Stoke City Women, 10/02/22: https://bit.ly/3I8wO3O

Player Interview: Beth Roberts, Pre-Sporting Khalsa Women v Stoke City Women, 20/02/22: https://bit.ly/3h3Jflq

I also wrote a news story for Stoke-on-Trent Live (online presence of The Sentinel newspaper) while working for the club: 2021 Stoke City Women Year In Review, 31/12/21: https://bit.ly/32O5OqH

July 2021 - current                                                                                        Planet Sport

With the placement at The Cricketer only having lasted a week, I continued to seek out opportunities to build my network and gain further experience. Having been put in touch with the Head of Publishing at Planet Sport, a newly-formed website devoted to in depth pieces around a variety of sports, I initially spent one day a week writing articles for the website on a work experience basis, with the hope of paid shifts in the future.

 

Over my time writing for the website, I have built up good working relationships with the editorial staff, and around a month after joining, I was delighted to accept an opportunity to increase my involvement, and I now spend regular shifts writing for the website, on a paid freelance basis.

This is further exposure for my writing, and it has allowed me to continue to gain further experience of writing copy for publication. Although I am given a pre-determined title for my pieces each week, what I write within them is very much up to me, so, much like at The Cricketer, I have once again been able to do my own research, and write freely in my own personal style.

Feature: Alvaro Morata's Iconic Career Moments, 13/07/21: https://bit.ly/3r7zuXw

Profile: Brendan Rodgers, 20/07/21: https://bit.ly/3x1DgmB

Preview: 2021/22 National League, 25/07/21: https://bit.ly/37t21hf

Preview: 2021/22 Scottish Premiership Without Rangers & Celtic, 29/07/21: https://bit.ly/3rZAsWo

Feature: Where Next For Manchester United's Unwanted Ten, 04/08/21: https://bit.ly/3jvlnYW

Preview: Predicting Europe's Title Winners, 13/08/21: https://bit.ly/3syy4pO

Preview: Premier League Goal Contributors, 14/08/21: https://bit.ly/2W3nbRj

Feature: Why Barcelona Might Actually Be Better Without Messi, 19/08/21: https://bit.ly/38210go

Preview: Wrexham v Notts County, 30/08/21: https://bit.ly/3zzffEY

Feature: Ten Things You Didn't Know About Hungary, 02/09/21: https://bit.ly/3o77WC7

Feature: Ten Things You Didn't Know About Andorra, 03/09/21: https://bit.ly/2XJA9E3

Feature: Next Championship Manager To Depart, 22/09/21: https://bit.ly/3o6wF9K

Feature: Six Things Newcastle's New Owners Need To Do, 10/10/21: https://bit.ly/3nndyX0

Feature: Is Sacking A Manager Early Always The Right Thing To Do?, 12/10/21: https://bit.ly/3jvjbl0

Preview: Serie A 2021/22 Gameweek 8, 14/10/21: https://bit.ly/3nmkHac

Preview: Bundesliga 2021/22 Gameweek 8, 14/10/21: https://bit.ly/3ju5lzg

Preview: FA Cup 2021/22 First Round Proper, 05/11/21: https://bit.ly/3nAMbtX

Preview: Solihull Moors v Wigan Athletic, 15/11/21: https://bit.ly/3x4CR4y

Feature: Top Five Saves Of The Season, 18/11/21: https://bit.ly/3nCbdch

Feature: Seven Things You Didn't Know About Erik ten Hag, 21/11/21: https://bit.ly/31q846V

Preview: Salford City v Chesterfield, 02/12/21: https://bit.ly/3ETLNfm

Preview: RB Leipzig v Manchester City, 06/12/21: https://bit.ly/3zqomZZ

Feature: Eden Hazard's Next Club, 11/12/21: https://bit.ly/3HxmuBG

Feature: Six Best Loan Players This Season, 14/12/21: https://bit.ly/3pVK7hr

Preview: Ashes Third Test, 23/12/21: https://bit.ly/3mYNeDd

Feature: Five Classic Premier League Boxing Day Matches, 23/12/21: https://bit.ly/3EQqr2x

Feature: Which Premier League Clubs Will Be Most Affected By The AFCON, 28/12/21: https://bit.ly/32RIbO1

Feature: Seven Players Who Could Emerge As Stars Of The AFCON, 07/01/22: https://bit.ly/3zrW2Xu

Feature: Six Everton Managers Who Were Worse Than Rafael Benitez, 16/01/22: https://bit.ly/3mVVC6w

Feature: England XI For The First Ashes Test In 2023, 18/01/22: https://bit.ly/3v5JaWS

Feature: When Will The Premier League's AFCON Players Return, 20/01/22: https://bit.ly/3I9JXJI

Feature: Why Brentford Signing Christian Eriksen Is A Terrible Idea, 25/01/22: https://bit.ly/3s48Xwn

Feature: Eight Things You Didn't Know About Vitor Pereira, 27/01/22: https://bit.ly/3I6GwUc

Feature: Seven Players Who Returned To Former Clubs, 28/01/22: https://bit.ly/3JMcZzN

Feature: National League Promotion Race, 01/02/22: https://bit.ly/3sV5Ia3

Feature: Which January Signings Are Cup-Tied, 02/02/22: https://bit.ly/3hk91SR

Feature: Who Is Ethan Mbappe, 07/02/22: https://bit.ly/3LOS2WE

Feature: Why Brentford Signing Christian Eriksen Was A Great Idea, 07/02/22: https://bit.ly/3v6QaTc

Feature: Why Are Barcelona Chasing Ben Brereton Diaz, 08/02/22: https://bit.ly/3BAVvmS

Feature: Which Premier League Managers Would Get In Their Own Current Teams, 10/02/22: https://bit.ly/3sVAPSH

 

Feature: Who Is Jobe Bellingham, 18/02/22: https://bit.ly/3h6cmER

Feature: Ten Premier League Stars Who Are Now Free Agents, 19/02/22: https://bit.ly/3JZgz9V

June 2021                                                                                                      The Cricketer

I undertook a week-long digital placement with The Cricketer, writing content for the magazine's website. I produced varied content, ranging from simple news stories to more in-depth thematic pieces.

This was a short, but unique and very useful, insight into reporting outside of a particular club environment, where there was more opportunity to write about a much wider variety of cricketing topics.

News Story: Sam Conners, 25/06/21: https://bit.ly/3x3AEpf

News Story: Kelly Castle, 25/06/21: https://bit.ly/3A4pkeE

Match Preview: Birmingham Bears v Durham, 26/06/21: https://bit.ly/2U3RFB6

Match Preview: Notts Outlaws v Lancashire Lightning, 26/06/21: https://bit.ly/3x0mBkn

Match Preview: Yorkshire Vikings v Northants Steelbacks, 26/06/21: https://bit.ly/3qwKj57

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires v Somerset, 27/06/21: https://bit.ly/2ULtibN

 

Series Preview: England v Sri Lanka ODIs, 28/06/21: https://bit.ly/3h201lJ

Series Talking Points: England v Sri Lanka ODIs, 29/06/21: https://bit.ly/3AaHZFy

Match Preview: Birmingham Bears v Yorkshire Vikings, 29/06/21: https://bit.ly/3Ael7EW

Feature: T20 Blast Team of the Week, 29/06/21: https://bit.ly/3qzMQeS

Match Preview: Notts Outlaws v Leicestershire Foxes, 01/07/21: https://bit.ly/3ypTsiO

Match Preview: Essex Eagles v Glamorgan, 01/07/21: https://bit.ly/3Az0Eeb

March 2021 - September 2021, March 2022 -                        Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club

 

While at Trent Bridge, I covered the vast majority of the Nottinghamshire first team's 2021 season. I wrote daily match reports for many of the games for publication on the club's website, as well as working the club's official social media output, communicating matchday events in real time to in excess of 103 ,000 followers on Facebook, 92,000 on Twitter, and 73,000 on Instagram.

I gained further experience of video editing, as I clipped highlights for use on social media. In addition, I completed further interviews with many different players and the Head Coach, and written various different news articles, again all for the club website.

The highlights of my time at Trent Bridge were when I was considered trustworthy and hardworking enough to be given the responsibility to cover games by myself. I did this on five occasions, including a three-day trip to Somerset, and during which my responsibilities were to update all three social media channels, interview a player or coach after the game, and write both a match report and a post-match reaction piece.

I was also delighted to be able to attend two days of the England v India Test Match at Trent Bridge in August. During these two days, I continued to undertake my regular role of updating Nottinghamshire's social media channels and writing a match report, but with the key caveat of spending time around a major international matchday and experiencing what goes into putting on such events from a media and marketing perspective.

My regular role at Trent Bridge in 2021 ended with the conclusion of the summer's domestic season, but much like Barnsley, I retain an excellent working relationship with the club's media team, and I am delighted to be returning in the same role for the upcoming 2022 season.

2021

Player Interview: Brett Hutton, Pre-Season, 18/03/21: https://bit.ly/3xSYnIK

Player Interview: Peter Trego, Pre-Season, 19/03/21: https://bit.ly/3h95LZX

Player Interview: Luke Fletcher, Pre-Season, 21/03/21: https://bit.ly/3qsXrZj

Match Report: Notts v Oxford UCCE Day 1, 24/03/21: https://bit.ly/3w1baro

Match Report: Notts v Oxford UCCE Day 2, 25/03/21: https://bit.ly/2UbpPTK

Match Report: Notts v Oxford UCCE Day 3, 26/03/21: https://bit.ly/3w3FwJE

Match Report: Notts v Leics Day 1, 02/04/21: https://bit.ly/3jrmque

Match Report: Notts v Leics Day 2, 03/04/21: https://bit.ly/3dmRDLk

Feature: A Bowling Attack Made In Notts, 08/04/21: https://bit.ly/35WVQBm

Match Report: Worcs v Notts Day 3, 24/04/21: https://bit.ly/3hdvsbE

Match Report: Worcs v Notts Day 4, 25/04/21: https://bit.ly/3x2rAAX

Match Report: Derbys v Notts Day 2, 30/04/21: https://bit.ly/2U73UwK

Match Report: Derbys v Notts Day 3, 01/05/21: https://bit.ly/3w3FpxI

News Report: Notts v Essex Day 3, 08/05/21: https://bit.ly/3y0gI6U

Coach Interview: Peter Moores, Post-Notts v Essex Day 4, 09/05/21: https://bit.ly/3vUPdKs

Reflective Report: Notts v Worcs, 25/05/21: https://bit.ly/2SuP42G

Match Report: Warks v Notts Day 1, 27/05/21: https://bit.ly/2U5c2xY

Match Report: Warks v Notts Day 2, 28/05/21: https://bit.ly/3h8vEZP

Match Report: Warks v Notts Day 3, 29/05/21: https://bit.ly/3qsZgFB

Match Report: Warks v Notts Day 4, 30/05/21: https://bit.ly/3A3Aikh

Match Report: Essex v Notts Day 1, 03/06/21: https://bit.ly/3wWEwIC

Player Interview: Lewis Gregory, Pre-The Hundred, 11/06/21: https://bit.ly/3xWbsRG

Player Interview: Matt Carter, Pre-Northants Steelbacks v Notts Outlaws, 12/06/21: https://bit.ly/3A4OVUz

News Story: Tom Moores, 21/06/21: https://bit.ly/3hfDvVD

News Report: Durham v Notts Day 2, 12/07/21: https://bit.ly/3i0Nmif

Match Report: Durham v Notts Day 3, 13/07/21: https://bit.ly/3eaE8yX

Match Report: Durham v Notts Day 4, 14/07/21: https://bit.ly/2U9sOfD

Match Report: Leicestershire Foxes v Notts Outlaws, 16/07/21: https://bit.ly/3kuOAFy

Coach Interview: Peter Moores, Post-Leicestershire Foxes v Notts Outlaws, 16/07/21: https://bit.ly/3wN7oSX

Feature: Notts v Warks: A Long History, 25/07/21: https://bit.ly/3lCDXRu

Player Interview: Haseeb Hameed, Post-Warwickshire v Notts Outlaws, 25/07/21: https://bit.ly/37us1ZP

Match Report: Derbyshire v Notts Outlaws, 04/08/21: https://bit.ly/3xuAiaA

Coach Interview: Peter Moores, Post-Derbyshire v Notts Outlaws, 04/08/21: https://bit.ly/3Cu4AhE

Match Report: England v India Day 2, 05/08/21: https://bit.ly/3AkvWEV

Match Report: Yorkshire Vikings v Notts Outlaws, 06/08/21: https://bit.ly/2VGxRoo

Player Interview: Sol Budinger, Post-Yorkshire Vikings v Notts Outlaws, 06/08/21: https://bit.ly/3Cqf7KA

Match Reports: Midlands at the Bunbury Festival, 07/08/21: https://bit.ly/3yzGBv4

Match Report: England v India Day 4, 07/08/21: https://bit.ly/3s6Cynf

Press Conference: Joe Root, Post-England v India Day 4, 07/08/21: https://bit.ly/37syg08

Match Report & Reaction, Abbey Freeborn, Post-Trent Rockets Women v Birmingham Phoenix Women, 13/08/21: https://bit.ly/2W6nCd4

Match Report & Reaction, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Post-Trent Rockets Women v Manchester Originals Women, 15/08/21: https://bit.ly/3z3Uodt

Match Report & Reaction, Samit Patel, Post-Trent Rockets Men v Manchester Originals Men, 15/08/21: https://bit.ly/3D2zVbi

Match Report: Royal London Cup Final, Glamorgan v Durham, 19/08/21: https://bit.ly/3syuwnu

Match Report: Somerset v Notts Day 1, 30/08/21: https://bit.ly/3ui7KBm

Player Interview: Joe Clarke, Post-Somerset v Notts Day 1, 30/08/21: https://bit.ly/2WevF8a

Match Report: Somerset v Notts Day 2, 31/08/21: https://bit.ly/3lWKiWn

Player Interview: Liam Patterson-White, Post-Somerset v Notts Day 2, 31/08/21: https://bit.ly/3zDjKyf

Match Report: Somerset v Notts Day 3, 01/09/21: https://bit.ly/3kGlIcM

Player Interview: Luke Fletcher, Post-Somerset v Notts Day 3, 01/09/21: https://bit.ly/2XO8FNK

Match Report: Hampshire v Notts Day 1, 12/09/21: https://bit.ly/3o6Ewo0

Match Report: Hampshire v Notts Day 2, 13/09/21: https://bit.ly/3u6Re76

Match Report: Hampshire v Notts Day 3, 14/09/21: https://bit.ly/3lPTiww

2022

Coach Interview: Peter Moores, Post-2022 Fixture Release, https://bit.ly/3s1VGVb

Coach Interview: Paul Franks, Post-2022 Fixture Release, https://bit.ly/3s7LOti

December 2020 - January 2021, May - July 2021                                    Barnsley Football Club

 

While home for the Christmas period in my first year at university, I actively sought out work experience in a role I hope to find myself in once I have graduated. During this time, I covered several football matches involving both Barnsley's first team and under-23 side, and for each I wrote a match report for publication on the club website.

I spent the bulk of my time at the club in December and January, but I returned to cover the first team’s play-off semi-final, in addition to another U23 game, in May. I also covered several pre-match press conferences involving the manager and some first-team players, and wrote two of these up for the website too. My most recent match coverage for the club was that of a pre-season friendly involving the under-18 side, in July. 

 

While my regular role at Oakwell ended some time ago, I still retain an excellent working relationship with my short-term colleagues, and I am maintaining my connection with the club through writing articles for the matchday programme, Grove Street, throughout the 2021/22 season.

Match Report: Barnsley U23 2-1 Crewe Alexandra U23, 08/12/20: https://bit.ly/3gZrG6P

Match Report: Barnsley 2-1 Wycombe Wanderers, 09/12/20: https://bit.ly/3jxtZjt

Press Conference: Conor Chaplin, Pre-Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley, 11/12/20: https://bit.ly/35VgHFd

Match Report: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Barnsley, 12/12/20: https://bit.ly/2SzJSL4

Match Report: Barnsley U23 1-0 Hull City U23, 15/12/20: https://bit.ly/3dj5mmD

Match Report: Barnsley 2-1 Preston North End, 15/12/20: https://bit.ly/3h0S2FA

Press Conference: Valérien Ismaël, Pre-Barnsley v Huddersfield Town, 23/12/20: https://bit.ly/3xWQcv4

Press Conference: Callum Brittain, Pre-Barnsley v Huddersfield Town, 23/12/20: https://bit.ly/3x0GMyp

Match Report: Barnsley 2-1 Huddersfield Town, 26/12/20: https://bit.ly/2Tc0p8b

Match Report: Rotherham United 1-2 Barnsley, 29/12/20: https://bit.ly/3vYK8AP

Match Report: Watford 1-0 Barnsley, 19/01/21: https://bit.ly/3gWpHAm

Match Report: Barnsley U23 1-1 Cardiff City U23, 03/05/21: https://bit.ly/2U4E1h5

Match Report: Barnsley 0-1 Swansea City, 17/05/21: https://bit.ly/3y3vJ83

Match Report: Athersley Rec 0-3 Barnsley U18, 21/07/2021: https://bit.ly/3zkOHrl