Love cricket? Breathe football? Join Guardian sports journalist Emma John, Radio 2 presenter Matt Williams and cricket writer Jarrod Kimber for a stimulating masterclass on how to transform your sports fandom into a career opportunity.
Do you dream of getting paid for attending world championships? Are you overwhelming everyone with your extensive knowledge of cricket trivia? Join Guardian sports journalist and author Emma John for a masterclass on how to combine your knowledge and skills to find a job within the global sports industry.
Throughout the day you’ll hear from a range of inspirational speakers, including Radio 2 sports presenter Matt Williams, cricket writer Jarrod Kimber and sports PR and marketing expert Kate Bosomworth.
To gain further valuable insight, there will be an opportunity to talk to the experts one-on-one. They will be able to offer advice on identifying the skills you need to work in different parts of the industry, how to build up your CV and pitch yourself to potential employers.
Some of the areas and subjects covered include:
The art of broadcasting: is TV or radio right for you?
PR and sponsorship: a smart way to work with the stars
Social media: how to make blogging, vlogging and podcasting pay
Publishing: tips for budding sportswriters and why you don’t have to be a wordsmith to make it in newspapers, magazines and books
Administration: why sport needs more, and better, governance and how you can get involved
More about your teachers…
Emma John is a sportswriter and author of Following On: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession and Terrible Cricket (Bloomsbury). She is deputy editor of the Observer magazine and former deputy editor of Observer Sport Monthly and The Wisden Cricketer. She tweets @em_john.
Matt Williams provides the sports news on Radio 2. Matt Williams started at BBC Radio Cumbria working as a reporter and in 1991 joined BBC Radio 1 on the Newsbeat programme. In 2001 he joined 5 Live sport and went to work on the 5 Live Breakfast programme from 2003 to 2008, before moving to 5 Live’s Drive programme. He tweets @MattWilliamsR2.
Kate Bosomworth has worked in Sports PR & marketing for 15 years working with some of the world’s largest sports brands and events. She founded her own agency in 2003 which she then successfully sold to Speed Communications in 2012, an agency she then took over. She recently stepped back from the running of the agency to take on a consultancy role advising key clients. Kate has been on the Board of Sport England since 2013 and has been instrumental in the development and ongoing success of Sport England’s hugely successful This Girl Can campaign. She tweets @MotorbikeChic.
Jarrod Kimber is a cricket writer who came to prominence as the founder of the cricketwithballs blog and is now the global writer for ESPNcricinfo. He won an SJA award for co-directing the documentary ‘Death of a Gentleman’ and co-hosts a weekly cricket show on TalkSPORT 2. His latest book, Test Cricket: The unauthorised biography was published earlier this year.
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