Chesterfield FC recently provided five aspiring young sports journalists from the University of Huddersfield with their first taste of reporting on a live sporting event.
The students, who attended Chesterfield’s game against Burton Albion, had to provide a written report on the match, working to a deadline.
Dave Devenport, a senior lecturer in Sports Journalism at the University of Huddersfield, said: “This was a great experience for the sports journalism students, to sit in the press box at Chesterfield’s impressive stadium.
“They are first years and this was their first real taste of sports journalism, and they all came back really buzzing after the experience.
“For a trainee reporter, it is really thrilling to be able to report on their first match alongside other members of the press, and to see how the game is covered in different ways for papers, radio and TV. And of course it’s a huge bonus to do that job at such a modern, spectacular ground as Chesterfield’s.
“We are very proud of the good relationship between the Spireites and the University of Huddersfield. A number of our students have been given great opportunities to hone their skills and have gone on to get good jobs in the media industry, thanks to Chesterfield FC giving them that valuable experience.”
Chesterfield’s head of media, Nick Johnson, said: “We are always happy to help journalism students by providing them with experience. As part of our link-up with the University of Huddersfield, we have taken Luke Ingram on a work placement for his final year.
“Luke has been given the opportunity to write articles for the matchday programme and report on matches for the club website. I am sure that he will benefit greatly from this sort of experience.”