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The Journalists of tomorrow

18 March 2013

Pupils from Wingfield School successfully completed a 10 week Sports Journalism course with the Trust.

In the last week a group of pupils from Wingfield School successfully completed a 10 week Sports Journalism course with the Trust.

When the course first started, the aim was to educate the group in a subject that has increased in popularity over the last 10 years. Also, with there being hardly any opportunities for secondary school pupils to get involved- the Trust saw it as the perfect time to give these young people the chance to learn first-hand what it takes to be a Sports Journalist.

Head of Community Jamie Noble said: “When this course first started as an idea, we knew immediately that it would be a hit with these school pupils. Sports Journalism is a field that is of hot interest nowadays, so it’s a real struggle for young people to get involved in.

“Therefore, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for us to offer them the chance to see what it’s like with first-hand experience within a football club. However, we didn’t want it just to be about sport.

“We saw this course as an opportunity to not just give these kids an experience of a journalist at a football match, but to use that experience to inspire the pupils to improve their literacy skills, their communication skills and increase their overall confidence.

“Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to the school for working with us on this course and the pupils that got involved. They were absolutely fantastic every week, and I look forward to reading their newspaper columns in the future.”

During the 10 week course, the students learnt about a wide range of different skills that a journalist needs to be equipped with. Skills such as the in’s and out’s of the written, television and radio media, as well as the different writing styles for online journalism. They were also educated in the art of interviewing sports professionals and writing features for print and online newspapers.

The budding sports journalists were also treated to visits from former radio host Brian Chappell and the current sports journalist for the Rotherham Advertiser, Dave Beddows, came down to the session to offer his insight into the field.

Lastly, the Trust would like to wish the pupils good luck with their match reports at the upcoming Rotherham United fixture. The pressure is now on the Millers to perform with the watchful eyes of Wingfield School on them.

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