Students were tasked with previewing, live-blogging, match reporting and interviewing as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup final, which also marked 50 years since the first Women’s FA Cup Final.
Two coach loads of Sport Journalism MA and Sport Journalism BA(Hons) students joined the 41,000 spectators at the home of English football on Sunday, December 5, exactly 100 years after the FA banned women from playing football on grounds affiliated with professional men’s clubs for half a century.
The students were tasked with previewing, live-blogging, match reporting and interviewing the fixture, which also marked 50 years since the first Women’s FA Cup Final in 1971.
“Reporting from a cup final at Wembley is the pinnacle for many sports reporters coming into the industry, so it was a fantastic experience for our students,” said Owen Evans, Sport Journalism BA(Hons) course leader.
“Media coverage is crucial to the continual growth of the game, so it’s vital that our trainee reporters are equally comfortable covering both men’s and women’s football, as well as understanding the historical significance of events like last Sunday.”
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