Award-winning Guardian Writer Shares Career Insights
Left to Right: William Fotheringham, Katherine Fanouriki and Nathan Priday
Renowned sports journalist and writer Will Fotheringham visited Ludlow College this week as part of its sixth annual arts, media and film careers day. Sharing an insight into his recent exclusive with the 2015 road cycling world champion Lizzie Deignan’s return to cycling, the Ludlow-based writer spoke about the diversity of sports journalism and the opportunities of being a freelance journalist.
Tips included how to use social media positively, how to cultivate trust in working relationships with sport celebrities and how to get started in the industry. A Level Media student, Nathan Pridley commented, “It was a really interesting talk, I have been considering studying journalism at university so it was really useful for me. There was a lot more to it than I thought.”
Students studying A Level Sport also attended the talk, hoping to learn more about the nature of the sport industry. Katherine Fanouriki added, “I found it really interesting how in depth he is with his articles and how he gains the trust of his subjects.”
With many of the guest speakers locally-based it gives students a chance to see opportunities both further afield but also in Shropshire. Other speakers included local BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Andy Broxton and former Ludlow College student Danielle Flowers, artist and business-owner of ‘Contemporary Crafts’ whose business is currently blooming with recent bursaries from The Worshipful Company of Turners. Students also benefited from a range of mock interviews to prepare them for university or employment.
Head of the Art Department, Hannah Day, added “Each year we are thrilled to welcome such a high calibre of artists, designers and those working within the film and media industries to talk to our students. It allows them to see what a very real possibility the creative industries are as a career path and how they might be able to access it.”