Jack’s the first for esports

A School of Sport and Service Management graduate has become the first full-time British newspaper esports journalist.

Jack Stewart, 21, graduated with a Sport Journalism BA(Hons) degree just this summer and was quickly snapped up by a national newspaper to report on competitive video games.

He said: “The Daily Mail advertised they were looking for an esports journalist online and, luckily, one of my course mates had just started working there and pointed it out to me – blabbing on about esports for three years clearly paid off in the end. Continue reading

Adam’s day at the races

Adam looks at the paddock at Brighton racecourse

Adam Powers was treated to a day at the races for a feature in the Racing Post – but came away somewhat less than enthused.

The Sport Journalism BA(Hons) student enjoyed his visit to Brighton Racecourse and while to sport is among the best attended in Britain, he felt many of his generation would find it a tad too expensive (entrance was £18), and not engaging enough.

He told the Racing Post: “I don’t feel like there’s enough happening during a day of racing, especially when it comes to holding the interest of this millennial generation, it needs more to keep you going. Continue reading

Annual Sport Journalism Lecture

Paul HaywardThe University of Brighton is delighted to be welcoming Paul Hayward, Chief Sportswriter at The Daily Telegraph, as the speaker at its annual sport journalism lecture this month.

Paul was crowned Sports Writer of the Year in February for the second year running at the Sports Journalism Awards and has a longstanding career which includes time at The Guardian, The Observer and the Daily Mail.

Past presenters at the annual lecture have included Clare Balding, Dick Pound and Jim White.

Students help launch new book

Three School of Sport and Service Management students are helping author, Nathan Gokhool, launch his first book.

Natalie Welsh (Retail Management BA), Jack Stewart (Sport Journalism BA) and Alara Baser (International Event Management BA) are all in the final year of their course. For the Public Relations module, under the Bright Young Things initiative, they were matched with Nathan to work together on this strategic project.

Their strategy included creating a social media account to promote the book and attending events aimed at specific audiences. The events included Dyspraxic Me so they could engage the dyspraxic community and small business events at HSBC where they spoke to the general public. Continue reading

Students can join the Olympic gold rush

The Rio Olympic Games have shown that not only has Great Britain has some of the best athletes in the world but also how students can take up top careers to help achieve more to medal successes.

They include: head of performance, head of sports nutrition performance analysis, physiotherapists, engineers and sports journalists.

That’s the view of Dr Gary Brickley, University of Brighton Senior Lecturer and exercise physiologist who has worked for the GB cycling team as a physiologist and coach since 2000. He coaches cyclist Dame Sarah Storey and Dave Stone MBE and will be in Rio in September for the Paralympics. Continue reading

NUMBERS OF UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON GRADUATES FINDING JOBS OR MOVING INTO FURTHER STUDY HITS ALL-TIME HIGH

The number of University of Brighton graduates finding work or moving on to further study after completing their studies has hit its highest ever level. 

According to the latest annual figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, more than nine out of ten graduates who completed their first degree in 2014-15 were in employment or further study, with over 70 percent employed at a managerial and professional level.  Continue reading

Annual Sport Journalism Lecture 2016 – Dick Pound to speak

Dick Pound, sport’s most prominent anti-drug campaigner, will turn his attention to something he now deems even more problematic, namely match-fixing, at this year’s Annual Sport Journalism Lecture.

220px-Dick_PoundOn May 6, Pound, of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will be part of a panel discussing this increasingly thorny issue in the University of Brighton’s Hilbrow Lecture Theatre on the Eastbourne campus. He will be joined by Alison Kervin, sports editor of the Mail on Sunday, and Graham Sharpe, media relations officer at bookmaker William Hill, in addition to Sport Journalism BA(Hons) co-course leader Rob Steen.

It is hoped that the panel will also feature Baroness Sue Campbell, chair of UK Sport since 2003, and Dan Johnson, head of communications at the Premier League. Continue reading

ITVs controller of sport production visits the Hastings campus

Story by Luke Ambler, Sport Journalism student

Journalism students in Hastings were privy to an exclusive revelation when ITV’s controller of sport production, Mark Demuth, revealed that the company were in negotiations to bring live coverage of horse racing back to its channels from January 2017.

Not until the start of the New Year did the rest of Britain’s equine lovers discover that, with Channel 4’s deal expiring this year, ITV had in fact secured a contract. Continue reading