Hammers, home of the Olympics and a live television experience – Multimedia Sports Journalism students have a capital day out
Budding sports journalists from the University of Northampton went behind the scenes of a Premier League football club and in front of the cameras of a live sports TV show this week.
Multimedia Sports Journalism undergraduates enjoyed a packed itinerary of events when they visited London on Wednesday, where they toured West Ham United’s London Stadium, explored Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before being part of the audience for BT Sport’s live show, Rugby Tonight.
ITV documentary maker, Leon Mann, also took time out of his busy schedule to meet the students and provide his expert insight into how to forge a successful career in the industry.
Senior Lecturer in Multimedia Journalism, Adrian Warner, said: “We like to teach the role of sport in society as well as the nuts and bolts of reporting, so it was great for the students to see how, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, sport can drive change in regenerating an area, create jobs, homes and change lives.
Adrian, a former Olympics correspondent at the BBC, added: “At BT Sport, the students learned about some of the key challenges of putting on a live rugby show on TV. Throw in a talk by the documentary-maker Leon Mann and they enjoyed a packed day seeing key aspects of their studies in context.
“We’d like to thank the London Legacy Development Corporation for showing us around the Olympic Park and stadium.”
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