Staffordshire University (2 Year Fast-Track)

The BA (Hons) Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting course is unique and specifically designed for sports professionals.

The course is taught by 'Blended learning' which means some of your studying will be done away from the University – online, and closely supervised by your module tutors - and can be moulded around your existing professional commitments.

You will be taught via a combination of traditional on-campus learning and online virtual learning environments.

In addition, there are two week-long Intensive Study Weeks – or Summer Schools – which take place in June at the start of your First and Second Levels which have a heavy emphasis on broadcast journalism and during which you will be taught firstly the basics of good broadcast journalism followed by the more advanced techniques of content production.

Staffordshire University is the ideal place to do this as it boasts the best media facilities within higher education. You will work in state of the art facilities in which contain a print newsroom with live press association feeds and MAC G5 computers and multi and single TV studios.

As well as giving you all the practical skills needed they will equip you with a wide intellectual foundation to help bring authority and deeper understanding to your sports reporting.

Throughout, the aim is to help you realise your potential of a career as a sports journalist:

  • Be taught by a teaching team with professional and academic backgrounds in print and sports broadcasting.
  • Work in newly upgraded, state of the art, industry specification technical facilities.
  • Enjoy a lively learning experience, including a work placement in sports journalism.

The course was developed by former professional footballer Lawrie Madden and is headed up by professional sports journalist and PR practitioner, Ian Bayley. Madden said: “There are two types of experience. One is to go through the experience yourself and the other is too pass it on from one person to another. Most journalists have not been through the experience themselves and try and capture that for the public. Here we have players who have gone through these experiences and will hopefully be able to give a different perspective.” So next time you are reading a newspaper, listening to the radio or watching TV, pay attention to the journalist. It may well be a member from the PFA.

Find out more about the course at Staffordshire University: Click here

Further information contact Ian Bayley

  • Tel: 01782 294382