MMU Sports Journalism masterclass

MMU’s First Journalism Masterclass

  • Top athletes from MMU’s sports teams met with some of MMU’s aspiring journalists in a ‘journalism masterclass’.

MMU’s first Journalism Masterclass brought together the university’s top sports performers to show off their skills to an audience of multi-media journalists who took photos and videos and then conducted radio, online and TV interviews.

There was a dramatic display of basketball skills by scholars Loick Pouale and Tyme Regent-Bascombe, a demonstration of lacrosse and the chance to meet top karate scholar Amber Sawford.

Hive Live Sport presenters Sam Richards and Harry Freebre interviewed all the athletes for their Wednesday afternoon sports show.

The MMU water polo team has had a particularly successful year, winning their league title in their first year, and now have a BUCS National semi-final clash with Cardiff this coming Wednesday (22nd) MMU sports performance manager and water polo coach Jerome Read told Sam he is confident his team will perform well.

“Durham have won it for the last two years, but we’ve got belief and no fear,” he said.

Team captain Dan Paddon added: “We’ve come this far and we all really want this. The team is looking to do what they have never done before and that is to be crowned national champions.”

MMU Sport communications coordinator Ellie Caddick was on hand to advise potential reporters how to cover games for MMU outlets using the hashtag #MMUSport.

Two first year journalists Raidraig Curran and Callum McLeod will be covering next Wednesday’s finals for Hive Live Sport and MMU Sport.  The editors of all MMU editorial outlets – Humanity Hallows, Northern Quota and our new podcast ‘The Quote’ – were all at the Masterclass to give tips to mobile journalists and film-makers.

Multimedia Journalism lecturer Vince Hunt, who organised the event, said: “The aim of the Journalism Masterclass is to bring together our outstanding MMU athletes with our journalists in a practical demonstration of how to cover sport in today’s multi-media environment.

“There are great stories to tell about MMU Sport and this is a great way of getting to know each other, building relationships within the university and extending opportunities for everyone.”

  • Listen out for the interviews with Loick, Tyme, Amber and the lacrosse team with Sam Richards on Hive Live Sport on Wednesday afternoons: listen live on Hive Live's website or to the archive programme on MMJ’s Facebook page
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Hive Live Sport covers all MMU Sports activities, including reports on golf, women’s rugby, hockey, badminton, taekwondo, boxing, netball, squash and basketball. If you’d like to report on MMU Sport contact Ellie Caddick or the Hive Live Sport team.