Journalism Students Get Tips From Well Known Sports Journalists at London Writing Festival

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By Karl Simmonds

Two Darlington College journalism students got tips from top players in the world of sports journalism when they attended a London writing festival.

Postgraduate Karl Simmonds, who is studying for his NCTJ Journalism diploma qualification and Harry de Cosemo, a BA Journalism and News Practice student, headed for Lord’s cricket ground in London for the four-day 2014 Sports Writing festival, enjoying a series of master classes in the JP Morgan Media Centre.

Industry professionals spoke at the October event including The Daily Mirror’s chief sportswriter Oliver Holt, Owen Slot from The Times and The Sunday Mirror’s Anthony Clavane.

Over 100 budding sports journalists attended the master classes, which promoted the profession of sports writing and how to become involved.

During the interactive sessions speakers answered audience questions, providing advice and stories from their respective careers.

Other speakers included influential publishing directors, Charlotte Atyeo, Matt Phillips and Ian Marshall, The Mail on Sunday’s sports editor, Alison Kervin alongside freelance writer, Jonathan Wilson.

Harry attended a session with ex-Sunderland manager Roy Keane and secured an interview with retired Fulham and Wigan Athletic midfielder, Jimmy Bullard.

He said: “I found the whole experience incredibly interesting and met professionals I have admired for a long time.”

Both Harry and Karl are completing the NCTJ sports journalism module at Darlington College as part of their studies with tutor Niall Hickman, sports writer for the Daily Express.

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