A pioneering Sports Media Workshop for budding reporters is being held in The HUB at the Proact on Thursday, July 30.
Aimed at youngsters who are considering a career in the media, the one-day programme will feature sessions on writing and interviewing skills, together with commentary. A mock press conference will also be held, providing those taking part with an opportunity to interview a personality from the club.
Participants will be presented with a certificate of attendance at half-time in a match at the Proact and a DVD featuring their commentary sequence.
The workshop has been devised by Chesterfield's head of media & communications, Nick Johnson, who has worked as a journalist/broadcaster for over 20 years. He is the longest-serving reporter on Sky Sports' popular Soccer Saturday show - covering around 750 matches - and also works on a freelance basis for various other leading media organisations including Reuters and Press Association Sport.
Explaining the thinking behind the initiative, Johnson said: "Having spoken to a number of pupils who have expressed interest in a career in the media, I came up with the idea of a workshop aimed at giving youngsters a better understanding of the skills required to work in it.
"I feel very fortunate to have earned a living from doing something I love and I am looking forward to passing on some of my knowledge and experience to others. It will be an intensive programme, with plenty of practical advice provided, so places are strictly limited."
To find out more about the workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.