How well does the world of sports journalism represent modern Britain? And how should young people go about getting into this sought-after profession? Those are some of the questions that the London Press Club, Media Diversified and the Society of Editors will be answering at a panel discussion on November 10.
Amar Singh, London Evening Standard digital sports editor will be joined by a top panel including: BBC Sport reporter Jessica Creighton; writer and broadcaster Gabriele Marcotti; Sun sports writer and Women in Football board member Vikki Orvice; and Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth. Singh said: “This is not only a fantastic opportunity for journalism students or graduates to get some sound advice and make essential contacts as they look to launch their sports journalism careers, but also a chance for employers to meet some of the next generation of sports journalism talent.”
The London Press Club is partnering with Media Diversified and the Society of Editors for the event. Taking place at the historic Stationers’ Hall near St Paul’s, it will start at 6.45pm for a 7pm discussion and audience Q&A followed by drinks at 8.15pm.
With the rise of digital platforms and social media alongside established print and broadcast outlets, the way sport is being reported may be changing but the coverage is extensive as ever. The panel will discuss their own career paths, as well as looking at whether organisations covering sports journalism should ensure that their talent pools are more representative, particularly with BAME and female sports journalists.
London Press Club chair and Society of Editors president Doug Wills said: “The Club has been proud of the strong support given to our recent debates on major issues facing the media, and we are delighted to be able to stage this forum with Media Diversified and the Stationers and Newspaper Makers. We have panelists from the very best of print, digital and broadcast sports journalism and it will be a fascinating and important event.”
Moira Sleight of the Stationers and Newspaper Makers Company said: “Stationers – as a hub of the communications and content industries – is delighted to host this event which seeks to promote diversity within sports journalism.”
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The event is the latest of a series of London Press Club debates including those on investigative journalism, freedom of the press and public trust. Speakers at this year’s Press Club Awards were the head of Mi5 and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The next London Press Club event will be a Q&A with Amol Rajan the editor of The Independent on October 7. The London Press Club Ball, a key event in the media calendar and a major fundraiser for the Journalists’ Charity, will be held on October 13. For more details and to book either event visit londonpressclub.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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