Class of 2013/14
The class of 2014-15 have not only impressed the staff with their NCTJ exam results (our best year so far!) and some prize winning journalism, but many of them are already securing jobs in the media.
At the time of writing (Autumn 2014), we can report that Simon Collings is a full time reporter for sports news agency, Hayters. In the spring, Siobhan McCall won the highly coveted graduate internship at Sky Sports News. She is now on a full time contract. Lucy Lomax secured a job with Harlequins Rugby Club in their communications team. Grant Miles is Social Media Editor for Mail Sport Online and works freelance for Sky Sports News and FootballFancast.
Beth Shine has taken a communications job at the Lawn Tennis Association. After completing his documentary on football in Mongolia, Neil Kingston is doing shift work at Mail Sport Online. Emma Webb was writing for Sky Sports News this summer, but is now applying for full time jobs elsewhere. Louise Warr is continuing to work at Saracens Rugby Club on a part-time basis.
After completing his documentary on Club America in Colombia, Gerardo Lemos returned to London to continue working as a foreign correspondent for Colombian television station NTN 24. He is also picking up some freelance work in London too. Ben Grounds, this year’s winner of the Alan Skeehan Prize (trainee reporter of the year) is working for the local press in North London and blogging on sport. Giulio Gasparin returned to Italy in the summer. He continues to cover the women’s WTA tennis tour, while he looks for a permanent job. Lara Seychell is finishing her documentary on motorsport in Malta. Justin Feck is getting shift work on the Daily Mail picture desk and working at BT Sport rugby on mactchdays. Adam Stephens has secured an internship with Graphic News.
We will provide further updates on their progress early next year.
The 2013/14 graduates are reporting good news on the jobs front too.
After working for Perform in Leeds, Holly Gillet moved to Sky Sports working on their cricket coverage. Dev Trehan is one of the busiest sports journalists we know, working freelance for Sky Sports News, @MirrorFootball, @Eastern Eye and @GetWestLondon. He recently featured on BBC Radio Five with Michael Chopra to discuss the launch of the Indian Super League. Jan Kapcia is based in London, working as a journalist for Perform.
William Watkinson got a reporter’s job with the Essex Chronicle in 2013 and has recently been shortlisted for an NCTJ Scoop of the Year Prize. Nick Godden currently works for Hayters and Mail Sport Online. Sam Petherick is currently graduate copy editor with Newsquest and Tom Burton is a reporter with the Advertiser and Review series in Buckinghamshire.
Martin Fruensgaard secured a job as a sports writer in Denmark. Ciaran Kelly published a well-received biography of Jose Mourinho in 2013, but struggled to find permanent work in Ireland. He has now got a full time job as a reporter with the South Wales Argos.
Annimari Korte is still competing as an athlete in the 100 metres hurdles and doing a bit of freelance work in her spare time. She is thinking of enrolling for PhD. Tom Mellor got a job with a sports PR company ENS Ltd. He also recently won the NFL sponsored NCTJ prize for Sports Journalism. Emily Ruscoe is online media coordinator for Rhino Rugby (and a qualified Rugby Union referee!).
Freddie Shires is arguably our most active graduate on Twitter and writes for HITC Sport. Andrew Julian returned to the USA to work in his home country, but he is also writing for givemesport.com Louis Richards was shortlisted for the graduate internship at Sky Sports News and Ben Chapman has just completed his documentary on Rugby Sevens and will graduate next year.
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