Hello and welcome to my journalism portfolio.
I am a MA Journalism student at the University of Sheffield and an aspiring journalist, with sport being my main interest.
As a LLB Law student, I started writing for numerous blogging outputs such as City Watch and Breaking The Lines, giving my opinions on football.
After around six months of doing this, I realised that journalism was the career path I wanted to pursue. I have a passion for telling stories, as well as keeping journalism accurate and insightful in the modern age of clickbait and ‘fake news’. Therefore, I decided to apply for an MA course in journalism to start after my law degree, which I had to work hard to achieve the necessary grade to get on to the course. It was a bold decision to switch from law to journalism after a three year degree, one that many probably questioned, but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Over the course of the MA, I have developed skills that are invaluable for whatever strand of journalism I go into, such as: multimedia skills, copy writing, understanding of of social media platforms and how to use them as a tool in the modern age, interviewing, editing audio and video, communication skills. I also was one of two people on my course to pass 100wpm shorthand at the earliest opportunity, can work well in a team or alone, and also have an attentive eye for detail.
Alongside my degree, I have balanced writing commitments for various sites. I work as a freelance writer two days a week for Snack Media, a network with over 400 websites. I also write for These Football Times (part of Guardian Sport Network), Football Whispers, Breaking the Lines, City Xtra, Football Chronicle, and many more. I write about other sports too, and have a keen interest in tennis, rugby and cricket.
The project I am most proud of is my own website, setup alongside other MA Journalism students – 5wfootball.com – which questions the five W’s of football: Who? What? Where? When? Why? That website has given me invaluable experience in editing, sourcing and managing content, growing a site on social media, teamwork, time management and general writing. We also run a weekly podcast about football, which does well in terms of listens.